“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.”