LANCASTER — Nalani O’Brien slept peacefully in her mother Chanel Canada’s arms Tuesday morning as her grandparents and nurses milled about her room in the Antelope Valley Hospital Women and Infants Pavilion.
Nalani arrived at 32 minutes past midnight, making her the first baby born in 2019 in the Antelope Valley.
She weighed in at 7 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 19.5 inches.
Nalani is Chanel’s first child. The new mother smiled and welcomed visitors to her room less than 12 hours after she gave birth to Nalani.
“I actually feel really good,” Canada said.
Canada, 23, said her labor went by relatively fast.
“It was painful but it was good,” Canada said.
She arrived at the pavilion about 7:30 p.m. Monday night.
Canada did not expect to have a New Year’s baby.
“My due date was yesterday (Dec. 31),” she said.
Nalani is grandpa Frank Canada’s third grandchild.
“Elated, I guess. Feels great,” Frank Canada said.
Candy Canada, Frank’s wife, was also excited.
Sandra Newark, Chanel’s mother, said Nalani is her first grandchild.
“So exciting; we haven’t been able to sleep,” Newark said.
As the first baby of the new year, Nalani received an infant car seat filled with a variety of baby items including a stuffed animal, blanket, book, baby powder, a hooded bath towel and other supplies provided by Antelope Valley Hospital.
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