SANDWICH – DeKalb County’s first baby of 2013 was a healthy boy born Tuesday at Valley West Community Hospital in Sandwich.
Armani Desean Smith was born to Laura Nevarez and Antonio Smith, of Plano, at 6:20 a.m. Armani is 6 pounds, 11 ounces and 19 inches long, said Dana King, event specialist at KishHealth System.
Antonio Smith, 29, said he was very excited about the birth of his son. Armani is the first child for the couple.
“I am a very happy man,” he said.
Nevarez, 22, said she let her boyfriend choose the name of his son. She said he wanted it to start with an A. Antonio Smith said he wanted his son’s name to be memorable.
“I was looking for something that sticks out,” he said. “My name is too boring.”
Nevarez said she hoped for a future filled with “nothing but great stuff and positivity” for Armani.
The first birth at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb did not occur until 5:27 p.m., King said. Amir Isaac Pryor was born to Crystal Brumfield and Prince Pryor. Amir Pryor is 6 pounds, 13.2 ounces and 20.5 inches long. King added that Amir Pryor has an older brother, Amare, who is 5.
The families of the first babies born at Valley West and Kishwaukee Community Hospital receive a gift basket commemorating the first new arrival of the New Year. The basket is filled with items donated by local vendors, including gift certificates for photo shoots and restaurants, blankets and stuffed animals, he added.
A friendly competition exists between the staff at the two hospitals – both of which are in the KishHealth System – over which hospital will see the first baby born in the new year.
“It’s fun to see which hospital is going to have the first baby,” King said. “And it’s always fun for the staff to see who’s going to have the first baby.”