Meet the first West Michigan babies of 2016

Hazel Lynn was born at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital at 12:14 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2016.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Some West Michigan women rang in the New Year with a new addition to their families.

Hazel Lynn took the honor of being Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital’s first delivery of 2016. She was born at 12:14 a.m. on New Year’s Day. 21 inches long, she tipped the scales at 7 pounds, 14 ounces.

Both Hazel and her mother Vanessa Gildo are recovering.

Vanessa Gildo holds her firstborn daughter, who was also Spectrum Health's first baby of 2016.
Vanessa Gildo holds her firstborn daughter, who was also Spectrum Health’s first baby of 2016.

“I feel, like, excited and happy that she’s here,” Gildo told 24 Hour News 8.

The new mom said that, surprisingly, giving birth was easy for her.

Now the challenge — and gift — of being a parent begins. Gildo, 17, said she’s both excited and nervous.

“Just to be able to provide for everything that she needs, ’cause I am young. So I know she’s going to need a lot of things. I just want to make sure she can have everything that she wants,” Gildo said.

Little Hazel, with a full head of hair and adorable, already appears to take after her soft-spoken mother. She barely made a peep during 24 Hour News 8’s visit to the hospital room.

Some of Gildo’s family skipped their New Year’s Eve celebrations on Thursday night as she gave birth to Hazel. Mom and daughter plan to leave the hospital on Sunday.

And when the clock strikes midnight as they celebrate future New Year’s, they’ll have two reasons to celebrate.

“Cause not only are we going celebrate the New Year’s, but right after it’s going be, ‘Oh, it’s Hazel’s birthday.’ So it’s two-in-one,” Gildo said.

In Kalamazoo, Bronson Hospital welcomed its first baby of the year at 2:13 a.m. The newborn boy weighed 7 pounds.

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Baby Joseph was the first delivery at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in 2016. (Courtesy: Emily Deeren)

Metro Health in Wyoming celebrated its first newborn of 2016 at 2:49 a.m. The baby boy came in at 8 pounds.

Doctors and nurses at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s had to wait a little longer to celebrate the New Year with new life. They delivered their first baby of 2016 at 6:57 a.m.

Baby Joseph weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces to James and Emily Deeren.

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