It took almost 20 hours on New Year's Day, but the area's Baby New Year finally arrived at 7:49 p.m. at Bellevue Hospital.
Courtney Sidoti, 32, said Wednesday she was in a hurry to have her baby Tuesday afternoon after her water broke earlier that day.
She and her husband, Jeff, 41, couldn't help but wonder if their baby would be the first local child born in 2008.
"It crossed my mind because it was New Years Day," Courtney Sidoti said. "I was in a hurry anyway. When it was time for him to come, we were ready."
Courtney Sidoti gave birth Tuesday night to a son, Gavin Joseph Sidoti, who weighed in at a healthy 7 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 201/2 inches long.
Gavin is the Sidotis' first child together, but the fifth child in their family.
"(Courtney) did very well," said Dr. Abeer Ahmed, the obstetrician who delivered the baby. "Everything went very easy and smooth."
The area's second baby of the new year was 7-pound, 1-ounce Jaemohn Philip Ramsey, son of Brittany Clemens, 21, of Sandusky. He was born at 2:42 a.m. Wednesday at Firelands Regional Medical Center.
Doctors told Clemens her baby would likely be born on Christmas Day, but Jaemohn apparently had other plans.
"I was thinking he could either be a New Year's baby or be born on Dec. 30, the day my grandmother passed away," Clemens said.
Clemens began having contractions early New Year's Day, but doctors had to induce her labor.
"I just wanted him out of me because he was killing me," Clemens said. "I was like, 'hurry up and get out of there.'"
Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk and Mercy Hospital of Willard said they had no 2008 births as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Kathy Love, a 30-year veteran nurse at Mercy Hospital of Willard, said going a couple of days without a Baby New Year is not unusual.
"Sometimes we've waited (several) days before the first baby of the year is born," she said. "We don't really have anybody due the first part of January."
The Sidoti's baby wasn't due until Jan. 3, but his mother says he seemed determined to be the first baby of the year.
Courtney Sidoti said Gavin gave her a false alarm three weeks before he was born.
"We were (at the hospital) about 15 hours and went home empty-handed," she said. "I told my husband maybe he's holding out for New Year's Day -- and sure enough, that's what he did."