The city’s first baby to be born in 2018 was born at 12:01am on January 1st, after a long 36-hour labor. The 4-pounds, 11.5-ounce baby, named Kazi, was born in Flushing Hospital, Queens to first-time mom Tania Shirin.
According to New York Daily News, the 25-year-old mother said of the birth:
“We feel so happy for new year baby especially. And she’s my first baby!”
Not only was labor long and grueling, the parents were nervous as to whether or not the baby would be born healthy after several weeks of concern from doctors that Kazi was not gaining weight even though Tania was. And with a due date originally set for January 10, the newborn definitely made it into the year early—but healthy!
Now, Kazi Ariana Shirin will forever have the bragging rights of being the very first New York City baby to be born in 2018. And after 36 hours, she’s earned it.
Featured image source: Flushing Hospital