LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — What a way to kick off the new year!
Babies across the Las Vegas valley will share a Jan. 1 birthday.
The first baby to be born in the valley in 2019 was Melialani Shahira Ramos, who entered the world at 12:10 a.m. at Henderson Hospital, weighing 6 pounds, 11 ounces.
Her parents Shereen and Jacob said they could see fireworks out their hospital window just after their daughter's birth.
For the first-time parents, baby Melialani was more than a blessing - she was a miracle.
"I had put it far behind me that something was ever going to happen because nothing ever had happened," said Shereen.
Seven years ago, the new mother was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome - or PCOS - a hormonal disorder that often causes ovarian cysts. She was told she would never have children.
"I used to cry about it a lot," Shereen said. "A lot of girls want to be a mom, but I came to terms, started living my life, and then I got pregnant."
Baby Melialani is the blessing her parents never expected.
"Having her be a miracle baby and then all of a sudden a New Year's baby," said dad Jacob. "It's wonderful."
Across town, other babies were also born after midnight.
Baby Olivia Nori was the first born at St. Rose Hospital Siena campus at 2:30 a.m., weighing in at 8 pounds, 2 ounces.
At Sunrise Hospital, Santiago Sanchez was born at 2:24 a.m., weighing in at 7 pounds, 2 ounces.
Congratulations to all the families!