Fort Hall Indian Reservation's New Year's Baby is Tanicia Draya Gould. Her parents are Frankie Gould and Talya Rodriguez.
By LACEY WHELAN
FORT HALL — Tanicia Draya Gould is the Fort Hall Indian Reservation New Year’s Baby born January 2, 2018 at 10:11 am, weighing 7 pounds, 10 ounces and 21 inches long.
Tanicia is the daughter of Frankie Gould and Talya Rodriguez and the little sister of 1-year-old Frankie Drae and 6-year-old Tanaya Shilee. She is the paternal granddaughter of Raiburn and Atholine Buckskin, and she is the maternal granddaughter of Paul and Wendy Rodriguez.
Tanicia Draya Gould was born on January 2 at 10:11 a.m.
Talya described her pregnancy as the same as her previous pregnancies, no complications with new baby. Frankie and Talya came up with Tanicia’s name together and also her middle name Draya was a close name to her brother’s middle name Drae, which Frankie and Talya wanted their names to be somewhat alike. Talya’s original due date was January 5, which made baby Tanicia a few days early.
Supporting Talya in the delivery room was Frankie, mother and mother-in-law. Frankie was able to cut baby’s umbilical cord. Talya mentioned they arrived at the hospital at 4:30 a.m. and had baby at 10:11 am, which made for a quick birth and gave the grandma’s barely enough time to be there for baby to arrive.
Talya and Frankie said they felt very blessed to have a healthy baby girl. Baby Tanicia’s big sister Tanaya was happy to have a baby sister, but big brother Frankie doesn’t know what to think of the new baby.
Frankie also said he hopes to have his daughter carry on his family’s tradition of relay racing by becoming a lady relay rider.
Frankie and Talya were very happy to find out they were the first parents to have the New Year’s baby, last year they missed out on having the New Year’s baby because baby Frankie had been born on January 4, 2017.
The New Year’s baby was gifted several items donated by the community and local businesses and staff members of the Sho-Ban News also donated gifts and $50.