NEW YORK — Two New York City newborns, both born just as the clock struck midnight on New Year's, are among the first newborns of 2020 and the new decade.
Staten Island parents Michelle and Anthony Saraceno welcomed baby boy Anthony at 12:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Richmond University Medical Center.
Anthony Jr. came in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces. The baby boy and his parents, of Eltingville, are doing great and resting for now, the hospital said.
Dad Anthony said their baby wasn't actually due until Jan. 23, but his wife came into the hospital early after she started having contractions. She was in labor all day Tuesday and then, at the stroke of midnight, baby Anthony arrived, taking New Year's celebrations to a whole new level for the family from here on out.
"As if it wasn't a big party to begin with, now we know we're going to have a huge party just for him...It's very exciting for us," the new dad said. "This is our first baby, and for our family, the first boy to carry out the name...I can't even put into words and we're just happy he's here and healthy," he added.
Over in Brooklyn, parents Jennet and Artyom Zobnin, of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, welcomed baby Aidan at NYC Health + Hospitals in Coney Island just as the clock hit midnight, the hospital said.
Baby Aidan, the couple's second child, weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces, according to the hospital.
The two newborns aren't just NYC's first babies of the year, they're also two of the first babies of the decade many are calling the "roaring '20s." And they're not alone.
According to UNICEF, over 10,400 babies are expected to be born on New Year's Day this year in the United States, which is only 2.7% of the estimated 392,078 babies expected to be born around the world on the first day of 2020.
Editor's note: Parents Jennet and Artyom Zobnin's location of residence has been updated upon learning new information.