As far as races go, the one to determine the first baby born on Cape Cod in 2013 was neck-and-neck with the winner occurring just 5 seconds after midnight at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis.
Just 27 minutes and 55 seconds later, a second baby, Carlya, was born—this time at Falmouth Hospital—to parents Ashley Andrade and Carlos Jurado of New Bedford.
“It’s unusual to have them that close,” hospital spokesperson Robin Lord said this morning.
This is the second baby for Ms. Andrade, who grew up in Mashpee. The first, Isaac, was born in February 2010.
Ms. Andrade said she was both excited and surprised that the newest addition to her family was born on New Year’s Day. “I’m happy she’s a New Year’s baby,” Ms. Andrade said.
Carlya’s due date was last Friday, but she waited until 2013 to enter the world. She did so weighing 7 pounds, six ounces.
Kimberly A. Ostrom, a registered nurse at the hospital, said delivering a baby on New Year’s Day is exciting not just for the parents, but the staff in the maternity ward as well.
Over the years, she said, a friendly rivalry has developed with those at Falmouth Hospital and Cape Cod Hospital to see which will be the first to have a New Year’s baby. This year that award went to Cape Cod Hospital; the name of that baby and parents have yet to be released.
In the past, Ms. Ostrom said, such births were heralded by radio stations that would give gifts to the newborn and their parents. While these moments are more low key these days, Ms. Andrade and Mr. Jurado were given $50 from the hospital auxiliary for having the first baby born at Falmouth Hospital in 2013.
Since Carlya arrived early this morning, Falmouth Hospital has had one additional birth, Ashton, a baby boy born at 7:12 AM to Molly and Alexander Baird of Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. Ashton, who weighed 7 pounds, five ounces, has an older brother, Grayson A. Baird, who was born 17 months ago.
A previous version of this article reported that the first baby born on Cape Cod on 2013 was born 55 seconds after midnight. That baby was actually born 5 seconds after midnight. We apologize for the error (1/2/13)