As the clock neared midnight Monday, Georgina Acosta was making her final pushes in a delivery room at Saint Anthony Hospital on Chicago’s West Side. It was a tough labor that came on fast, and while Acosta was eager for it to be over, she didn’t want it to end too quickly.
Her baby obliged, and at 12:08 a.m. Tuesday, Aydan Alvarado entered the world, evidently the first Chicago-area child to be born in 2013.
“We’re still in shock, but we’re happy to have our little bundle of joy,” said Acosta, 21, who lives in the
Last year’s race for first baby ended in a tie, with two infants born right at the stroke of midnight. Things seemed to be more clear-cut this year: Aydan had a two-minute head start over Christopher Canache of Huntley, who appeared to be the second area baby to arrive this year.
Christopher’s mother, Daniela Canache, said she had hoped he would be born on New Year’s Eve. But at one minute to midnight it became clear he would wait a little longer — not that she or her husband, Pedro Canache, minded in the end.
“It’s going to be great,” said Daniela Canache, 30, who gave birth at Centegra Hospital-Woodstock. “It will be happy New Year and happy birthday. We’ll have to do something special every year.”
Other reported births that came soon after midnight included Hope Labbe, delivered at 12:13 a.m. at Hoffman Estates’ St. Alexius Medical Center to parents Fidan and Sean Labbe, and Jacklyn Herrera, delivered at 12:23 a.m. at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge to parents Aileen Herrera and Eduardo Jimenez.
Aydan Alvarado was supposed to arrive Dec. 29, but when that day came and went, his mother and father started to think a Jan. 1 birth might be in the offing. But it wasn’t until about 11:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve, when Acosta’s contractions gained strength, that that possibility became real.
“Right about two minutes before (midnight), we were trying to hold back,” said Aydan’s father, Fernando Alvarado, 27. “Well, I was trying to hold back.”
Fortunately, Aydan agreed with that timetable. He was one of three babies born at Saint Anthony in the early hours of 2013, spokeswoman Jacinda Adams said. Each baby was greeted with a lullaby broadcast throughout the hospital, a tradition at the Lawndale-based medical center.
Acosta seemed understandably worn out after the delivery and a morning of interviews, so the most animated person in the room was Federico Alvarado, Aydan’s grandfather. His birthday happens to be Jan. 3, meaning that Thursday will bring an especially joyous family party.
“We’re going to celebrate both,” he said.