Not once during her 14-hour delivery did it cross Lateshia Peak’s mind that she might be having Augusta’s first baby of 2014.
“I just kept telling myself to remain calm and stay focused,” Peak, 20, said. “Never in a million years did I think I’d have the first baby of the new year. I never considered it.”
However, one minute after midnight, Peak gave birth to her first child, daughter She-Miah Peak, weighing 6 pounds, 11 ounces.
She-Miah was born at University Hospital.
“When the nurse told me I had the first baby of 2014, I immediately started crying tears of joy,” the T.W. Josey High School graduate said. “This is by far the greatest day of my life.”
Peak received multiple gifts from University, including a Christmas stocking, an embroidered University Health Center robe and a box of 60 diapers.
“The gifts were very thoughtful, but I’m just happy to have a healthy baby,” Peak said. “That’s all that matters.”
Peak’s original due date was Jan. 3, but aunt Pamela Walden said she knew She-Miah would be a New Year’s Day baby.
“We had a cousin, Rodriquez Murray, suddenly pass away on Aug. 15 and his birthday was on New Year’s Day,” Walden said. “He would have turned 39 today and all along I knew that God was going to bless us with another New Year’s Day gift. I just had a gut feeling and I’m so happy it turned out this way. Our wish came true.”