By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 1, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- As some locals rung in the new year with fireworks and champagne, others celebrated with a new addition to the family.
Baby Omar was born at 2:06 a.m. at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. He was the first baby born in the Capital City in 2018.
“Omar’s due date was in 2017, but he decided to wait a little longer to arrive,” shared Adeya Morrar, Omar's proud mother. “We are excited Omar is finally here and gets to meet his big sister and big brother very soon.”
Omar weighs seven pounds 10 ounces and is 20.5 inches long.
At Capital Regional Medical Center, mother Samantha Cherry welcomed her new baby, Robert, at 7:17 a.m. Baby Robert is named after his father, and will be welcomed home by six other siblings.
"It was a surprise. I mean I kind of figured, but we still had two weeks to go,” said Cherry. Her hope for the baby is simply that he’ll be healthy.
Robert’s birth is extra special for his now eight-time great grandmother, Marsha Linville.
"This is our first new year's baby. It's just a whole new experience. It's a love you just don't know. It just changes your world,” said Linville. "This one just seems different. Because it's New Year’s Day. It's a whole brand new beginning."
Second-time mother Grisel Pedraza also welcomed a new baby at Capital Regional. Baby Jesus was born just after 10 a.m. and weighs eight pounds two ounces.
"There are so many things going on. So many emotions. I just wish the best for him,” she said.