A few seconds earlier and he may not have made it.
It appeared Wednesday evening that a baby born at Presence Resurrection Medical Center just after midnight was Cook County's first newborn of 2014.
Luis Anthony was born to parents Luis and Luz Marquez just before 12:01 a.m., according to hospital spokeswoman Olga Solares. He weighed 7 pounds 2 ounces and joins big sisters Ari, 11, and Yamileth, 3.
At 12:23 a.m., first-time parents Kara and Kevin Lazroff welcomed Alexander Hokan Lazroff at Northwestern Women’s Prentice Hospital, according to Northwestern Medicine.
The entered the world weighing exactly 9 pounds and measuring 22 inches long, hospital staff said.
"He came at 39 weeks exactly and we couldn’t be happier,” the new mom said. "Now we have two things to celebrate – the new year and our son’s birthday – every year on January 1."
More than two dozen babies, including two sets of twins, were delivered on Prentice’s busy overnight shift that kicked off 2014, hospital spokeswoman Kara Spak said.
It was initially reported that a baby born at 5:40 a.m. at NorthShore University HealthSystem Evanston Hospital was the county's first, but that was corrected as other hospitals in the area announced their overnight births.
The Evanston baby, born to Jason and Susan Coogan, didn't have a name as of Wednesday morning but weighed in at 9 pounds, 10 ounces, according to a release from the hospital.
He is the Coogans’ second child, the release said. He has a 2-year-old big sister, Reese.
NorthShore University HealthSystem Highland Park Hospital officials said a boy born at 12:33 a.m. was that hospital's first of the new year. The boy, Lazaro Matias Abundes, was 19.5 inches long and weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces, officials said.
Lazaro is the first reported birth of the year in Lake County.
Officials at Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Family Birthplace said the first baby of the year born there entered the world at 2:01 a.m. The boy, named Alfred, weighed 5 pounds, 1 ounce.
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Note: This report was originally published Jan. 1, 2014.