CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) - Today marks the first day of 2012, and that means we have another New Year's baby in the area.
With the New Year comes new goals, new resolutions and a new slate. But for three local families, this New Year brought more than that. These families are welcoming new additions with the birth of New Year's Day babies.
The first local New Year's baby was born at West Cal-Cam hospital in Sulphur.
Serenity Monae Williams arrived at 5:07 Sunday morning, two and a half weeks ahead of schedule. The 5 lbs. 3 oz. baby girl came into the world through a natural birth, no medicine involved. Her mother Shavon Peeples knows the importance of being a good mother after having three children already.
"Being a mom is taking care of them, doing right with them, treating and showing them love and tender care," said Peeples.
Peeples says she's been holding Serenity all day and has yet to return her to the nursery. Peeples hopes to do the same when she is able to bring her daughter home.
"Hold her all day and kiss her all day," said Peeples.
Serenity wasn't the only new arrival Sunday. Mother Brittany Cesar welcomed New Year's baby number two at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital for Women, a baby boy named Brayden.
"It's really a blessing because I really wasn't expecting him to come," said Cesar. "So, I'm really blessed."
Brayden arrived at 9:16 Sunday morning, weighing in at 7 lbs. 1 oz. But like Peeples, Cesar wasn't expecting her baby to arrive on New Year's Day.
"He came a few days early, with a bang," said Cesar.
The third local baby born on Sunday arrived at Women and Children's just an hour later at 10:17 to Lacia and Brennan Kay. Lana Jolee tipped the scales at 7lbs. 14 oz. At 21 inches long, she arrived just two days early.
All of the New Year's babies are healthy and all the moms are doing well. Peeples hopes to bring baby serenity home tomorrow.