New Year's babies arrive at Chicago hospitals

January 1, 2010 8:36:15 PM PST
Delivery rooms across Chicago were busy at the stroke of midnight to usher in the first babies of the new year.Which one was first? Depends on who you ask, but competition was stiff.

It was the new year of babies who just could not wait to come into the world. Three Chicago families had babies seconds after we rang in 2010, and all of them, Baby Kameal, Baby Miya and Baby Daniel, were born several days ahead of their due dates.

"I couldn't get a better New Year's gift...Right after the delivery you could hear the fireworks going off along Lake Shore. It was like a celebration of new birth," John Liu said.

Then there is Baby Miya. Born at St. Joseph's ten days before her due date, she is the third girl born to the Tanni's, and though they like the idea of her being a New Year's baby, they say each birth has been special in it's own way.

"You can't wait to meet them. Whether it's a boy or a girl...They're there so long, you go through so much and then the labor. You want to meet them and hold them," Linda Tanni said.

Just ten seconds after midnight in the Lake View neighborhood, doctors and nurses at Saint Joseph Hospital welcomed Miya, according to a release from Resurrection Health Care. Miya was the hospital's first baby of 2010 and weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces.

At Stroger Hospital, the Flowers had Baby Kameal. Born at the stroke of midnight, she was born via C-section, but was not scheduled for another week. The 5 pound, 7 ounce girl and her mother are doing well.

"I didn't want to come in. I said I only have one more week, I'm going to wait, but finally I couldn't take it anymore," Isha Flowers said.

"She was born a star. She was born a star," Robert Flowers said.

She certainly was. They all were. And so welcome again to babies Daniel, Miya and Kameal as they begin their new lives.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.