New year's baby

NEW TO THE WORLD — New mother Chanel Canada holds daughter Nalani O’Brien, the first baby of 2019, who arrived at 32 minutes past midnight, weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces and measuring 19.5 inches long at Antelope Valley Hospital Women & Infants Pavilion.

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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