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Local families welcome area's first newborns of new year

Plainfield, Morris families celebrate births of first children on New Year's Day

Belen Hernandez knew she was supposed to give birth to her daughter on a holiday, but everyone picked the wrong one. The Morris resident’s original due date was Dec. 25.

But Christmas Day came and went, and Hernandez did not go into labor – and not on Boxing Day or the day after.

Eventually, Hernandez’s doctor said they would induce her labor, and the family went to Morris Hospital at about 4 p.m. Sunday. Javier Reyes Meza of Minooka, the father, said the family passed the time watching TV and trying things such as bouncing on the “birthing ball,” a rubber ball that is supposed to help induce labor.

But for 27 more hours, still no baby, and the doctor decided to call for a cesarean section.

At 7:24 p.m. Tuesday, 8-pound, 13-ounce Olivia Sofia Reyes was born.

“We were just happy to see her,” Reyes Meza said. “As soon as she came out, she was staring at everyone.”

Family and friends had been giving them gifts in preparation for their newborn baby. Reyes Meza showed a pacifier they received. It had a black mustache on top that matched the shock of black hair on Olivia’s head.

Less than 24 hours after she was born, Olivia cradled quietly with her mom and dad in the Morris Hospital birthing suites. She wore a shirt that said “our little tamale.”

Olivia is the couple’s first child.

“I just want her to be happy in life,” Reyes Meza said. “All of the other stuff is whatever. I hope whatever she does, she enjoys it.”

A Plainfield man and woman also welcomed their first child into the world on New Year’s Day.

William Paul Healy was born at 6:35 a.m. Tuesday at Edward Hospital in Naperville. He was the hospital’s first baby born in 2019, according to a news release. Healy weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

His parents are Angela Antonou, 37, and Robert Healy, 47, both of Plainfield.

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