Augusta's first baby of 2013 arrives at 1:41 a.m.



Eric John Antonio Elzie wasn’t expected to arrive until Wednesday, but he came early – at 1:41 a.m. Tuesday – making him Augusta’s first birth of 2013.

Just hours after being born, Eric looked up at his mother and father, Gweneth Francis-Elzie and Shawn Elzie, both 34, with eyes wide open. An occasional yawn or change in facial expression drew big smiles and exclamations from the first-time parents.

“We think he’s perfect, but we may be a little biased,” Francis-Elzie said.

Already the couple could point out features that resembled them.

“Everybody has been saying he has my cheeks and looks like my husband,” Francis-Elzie said.

Doctors and nurses at Doctors Hospital hinted to the couple mid-labor that little Eric might be the first baby of the new year, but the couple had bigger things on their minds. All they wanted was for the baby to be born safe and healthy.

Francis-Elzie was brought into the hospital early after her blood pressure began to rise and she began to dilate without contractions. Eric was delivered by cesarean section.

“It’s been great, but (Monday) just seems like a big fog,” she said.

Francis-Elzie said her son’s timely arrival just makes the birth that much more special and will make a nice story to tell him later.

“I just knew there would be another baby before us,” she said.

Augusta's first baby of 2012 arrives at 12:30 a.m.