CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago area hospitals are welcoming the first babies of 2024.
Ocean was born at 3:18 a.m. at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital to Emily and Wes Ortman.
The baby boy weighs in at 5 pounds, 2.4 ounces and is 18.75 inches long. Ocean is the first child for the Ortmans, who live in Wheeling.
Parents Sade Humphrey and Andrew Harris Jr. welcomed a baby boy at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago at 4:52 a.m.
Andrew Harris Jr. weighs 6 pounds, 1.5 ounces.
"At Sinai Chicago, we're always excited to see who our first baby of the new year will be," said Obstetrician and Gynecologist Dr. Richard Trester. "It's such a special moment for the family in bringing a wonderful new life into this world."
To celebrate the wonderful occasion, the family was gifted an assembled basket of clothes, toys and $100 Visa gift card to take home. Caregivers from Sinai's Mother-Baby unit were there immediately after the birth to award the family the gift and tell them the exciting news.
"We want to make our families feel special by sending them home with a little something to celebrate their new bundle of joy," said Irene Cisneros, Nursing Manager of the Mother Baby Unit. "We love to celebrate the first baby. It's such a wonderful way to start the new year, with new life and hope."
At Advocate Christ Medical Center, parents Kiara and Robert Rhodes, of Crete, welcomed a baby girl at 4:05 a.m.
Rue weighs 4 pounds, 9 ounces and is 17 inches long. She has two older brothers, Robert and Kityi.
UChicago Medicine AdventHealth Hinsdale welcomed their first baby of 2024 at 4:44 a.m.
Parents Lindsey and Jordan Platts, of Hinsdale, welcomed a baby boy into their family. The parents are still deciding on the perfect name for their newest addition.
The bundle of joy weighs 6 pounds, 5 ounces, measures 19.5 inches long, and will be welcomed home by his 2-year-old brother, Lane.
At Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva, Andrea Cladis-Hodge and Matthew Hodge had their third child, a baby girl, at 5:28 a.m.
Pearl Noelle Hodge weighs 7 pounds, 5 ounces and is 19.5 inches long.
The couple's first child was born on New Year's Eve.
Franciscan Health Family Birth Center in Dyer, Indiana, welcomed their first baby of 2024 at 9:21 a.m.
Parents Omni Shedrich and Christopher Morton, of Hammond, welcomed Sophia Kylie Morton, who weighs 6 pounds, 10 ounces.
At Endeavor Health Evanston Hospital, a baby boy was born to Basya and Ezra Moskowitz at 12:25 a.m.