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Families Welcome First Babies Of 2014

Baby Shannon-Lee Willis was born at midnight at New York Methodist Hospital on Jan. 1, 2014. (credit: CBS 2)

Baby Shannon-Lee Willis was born at midnight at New York Methodist Hospital on Jan. 1, 2014. (credit: CBS 2)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) —  The new year means new beginnings, especially for some newborn babies and their families in the Tri-State area.

At least three babies were born in New York City during the first moments of 2014.

Shannon-Lee Willis was born exactly at midnight at New York Methodist Hospital in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

The baby girl came in at 7 pounds, 3 ounces and 19 inches long. Shannon-Lee and her proud parents, Samantha Nieves and Shannon Willis, are all doing well.

“That was her plan, to come on New Year’s,” Nieves told CBS 2’s Scott Rapoport. “She told Daddy in a dream that she’ll be here on New Year’s to see him, and she was.

“It’s like winning the Lotto. Who would’ve thought that you would make it 12 o’clock on the dot?”

Shannon-Lee might have a challenger for the first baby in the city. Elmhurst Hospital said a girl, Tenzin, was born there one second after midnight.

Baby girl Tenzin and her mother (credit: CBS 2)

Baby girl Tenzin and her mother (credit: CBS 2)

At New York-Presbyterian Hospital, a girl was born at 12:02 a.m.

Emma Cordero came in at 8 pounds. Her mother, Yesenia Cordero, told 1010 WINS that her doctors were pretty excited that she would be having one of the first babies of the new year.

“My attending doctor and the nurses were very hopeful that she would be a New Year’s baby,” Cordero said.

Emma is Yesenia and dad Ruddy Cordero’s first child. The hospital said mom and baby are resting comfortably.

In Connecticut, Hartford Hospital said it welcomed Dior Stephens into the world 21 seconds after 12:04 a.m. on Wednesday.

Dior checked in at 6 pounds, 14 ounces.

The hospital said the baby is the first for mother Shaquania Stephens, who said she prayed to have the baby on New Year’s Day and made a resolution to be the best mother she can be.

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