The benefits of being the year's first baby are ones that families and hospitals compete for each year.
And this year's badge of honor goes to baby Kameale who was born at exactly midnight at John H. Stroger Hospital. The five pound seven house baby and her mother, Isha Flowers, are doing well.
Father Robert Flowers said their third daughter was not a surprise.
“We knew we were having a girl, and I am excited and extremely happy,” Robert Flowers said. “Our other kids were very excited too. They stayed up late last night waiting and then stayed up almost all night (after the baby was born).”
Baby Kameale and her family will get speciall gifts, including a new car seat, from the hospital.
“We are always thrilled when a baby is born here at the hospital but this being the first baby of the new year makes it a little more special,” said Zina Jones, Stroger Hospital OB/GYN Nursing Director.