New background singer for family band: Girl is first 2013 birth at St. Mary’s

Dusty Moots’ eyes light up as he cradles his newborn daughter Airibella Eden in his arms while his wife, Airin, looks on from her bed in the obstetrics ward of St. Mary’s Hospital on Tuesday. Airibella was the first baby born in 2013 at the Grand Junction hospital. Her mother delivered her at 3:58 a.m. New Year’s Day. The baby girl, who weighed 5 pound 12 ounces at birth, wasn’t due until Jan. 26. The Mootses live in Grand Junction and have three older daughters.

The Moots family jam band grew by one new member at 3:58 a.m. Tuesday.

At 5 pounds, 12 ounces when she entered the world at St. Mary’s Hospital as the facility’s first 2013 newborn, there was soon talk of a future in music for Airibella Eden Moots. The little girl’s father, Dusty, 32, said he and his wife’s three other daughters had been recently honing their musical talents with recording equipment purchased as a Christmas present for the Grand Junction family.

Airibella’s older sister, Angelina, 11, is lead vocalist in the Moots family jam band, according to dad.

“She’ll (Airibella) be the one screaming in the background,” laughed Airin Moots, the exhausted mother.

Tired himself but beaming, Dusty Moots said the name for the newest edition was partly a tribute to the unique spelling of his wife’s first name and biblical tradition. Airibella has a rough Hebrew translation of “yielding in prayer,” he said.

Airin Moots wasn’t due to deliver until Jan. 26, Dusty Moots said.

“Nothing was planned ... it was all in the Lord’s hands,” he said.

The father, who works in the oil and gas industry near Rifle, was on the job in the predawn hours of Tuesday when he learned his wife was in labor. Special arrangements were made by his boss to allow him to make the 45-minute drive back to Grand Junction, he said.

Airin Moots, a stay-at-home mother, received a ride from a friend to the hospital.

“The guys at work were saying the first baby gets all kinds of stuff,” Moots said, adding his wife was “doing laps” around a section of the hospital when she learned extra gifts were given to first new year child.

“She was going to be sure to get that,” he said.

As of noon Tuesday, Airibella had yet to meet any of her other seven siblings, all girls. Dusty and Airin Moots have had four of the girls. Dusty Moots said seven may be his lucky number.

“I’m not going to be the guy with seven daughters trying to have one son,” Dusty said, laughing. “We’re good with four.”


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