"He's adorable," said Mercedes Encina, while looking at her newborn son, Trejon. "He looks like his dad."
Mercedes wasn't expecting her second child until later this month, but she found herself in the hospital on New Year's Eve.
"Once they upped the Pitosin, I went from four to seven to nine and I was ready," said Mercedes, who lives in Rantoul. "It was really fast."
Little Trejon Foust came into the world at 12:17 AM. At 5 pounds 11 ounces, he's the first baby born in Central Illinois this year.
"He's got more hair than his dad does on his chest," said Mercedes.
About a dozen miles south of the hospital, the Giger family celebrates Samantha turning a year old.
"There will always be a big party on her birthday," said Elizabeth Giger, who lives in Philo. "Maybe she'll always have fireworks on her birthday."
Samantha's not old enough to read the books she unwrapped, but soon the birthday girl will realize she's a New Year's baby too. Even at her age, Samantha already knows the way to her family's heart.
"It's my birthday and it's also New Years so I think that's why it's a good day for me," said Justin Taylor, who lives in Arthur.
"We got there at six o'clock in the afternoon and had him at midnight, 18 seconds after midnight," said Justin's mother, Katrina.
But Justin's more than just a New Year's baby.
"People have been like, he was born on New Year's? Millennium baby? That's cool," said Katrina.
He was the first baby born to Central Illinois this millennium.
"I think it's really awesome," said Justin.
And to celebrate him being first, he and his family played a few games of Uno. After fourteen years, Justin's learned a lot about having his birthday so close to some big holidays.
"You probably won't get as much presents on your birthday as you did on Christmas since they're so close together," said Justin.
But he says he's okay with that.
Even though Trejon was born a few weeks early, he and Mercedes are both doing great. They're planning to go home later this week.
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