After the clock struck midnight, signaling the start of the new year, hospitals across the Tri-State welcomed some new babies into the world Friday morning..
Akeem Edmund Ader was born at 12:10 a.m. at TriHealth. Akeem weighed 9 pounds, 5 ounces.
Izaiah Samson Powell was born at 12:33 a.m. at UC Health's West Chester Hospital. Izaiah weighed 8 pounds, 11.5 ounces and he measured 20 inches long when he was born.
Hospitals with Mercy Health welcomed three babies Friday morning: Montana Pullins born at 2:04 a.m. at Mercy West; a girl born at Mercy Fairfield at 2:15 a.m.; and another boy born at Mercy Anderson at 6:56 a.m. Montana weighed in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 21 inches long.
"I think he wanted to be a New Years baby pretty much," Montana's mother, Montrail Roberts, told WCPO. "I think I was in labor three or four hours, actually. I came in at 10 p.m. last night, and I had him by 2 a.m."
Roberts said she had planned to have her pregnancy induced next week, so the baby's early arrival caught the family by surprise. His father, Willie Pullins, was out of town on a work-related trip in Atlanta when Montana arrived -- a trip that was cut short for a delightful reason.
"I'm like, 'You missed it!' It happened so quick," Roberts said. "He's excited. I know he can't wait to get back and hold him himself."
Beyond being an early arrival, little Montana is also Roberts' first child.
"Everything is still pretty new to me. It feels unreal, but I'm definitely happy. I'm ready to see what it's like, really, but I'm already in love. He's just so cute and cuddly," she said.
Bethesda North Hospital also welcomed a new baby at 6:08 a.m.; Fort Hamilton Hospital welcomed a baby boy at 12:35 a.m., and a baby girl arrived at Middletown's Atrium Medical Center on New Year's Day.
All parents and babies were said to be doing well Friday morning.
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