First Augusta baby of New Year a girl

Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 3:36 PM
Last updated Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 1:39 AM
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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.

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Lateshia Peak holds her daughter, She-Miah, at University Hospital. She-Miah was born at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.  DOUG STUTSMAN/SPECIAL
Lateshia Peak holds her daughter, She-Miah, at University Hospital. She-Miah was born at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.

“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.”

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nocnoc 01/01/14 - 06:47 pm
CobaltGeorge 01/01/14 - 11:22 pm
Big Moment

My 3rd son was the first one born 1962 in the state of Maryland at Fort George G. Meade.

MaMa got a picture taken and I got a Big bottle of Champagne.

stuaby 01/02/14 - 06:34 pm
You've got be kidding me...

Wasn't there someone somewhere in that hospital who could've advised this woman against naming her child She-Miah?

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