Two babies born at 12 a.m. on New Year’s Day
At least two boys in Los Angeles County were born precisely at 12 a.m. Tuesday morning -- making it difficult to determine exactly who was the first baby of 2013.
Candice Campudoni and Martin Robert Hardy of Reseda welcomed their third son, Dorian Martin-Jean Hardy, at Kaiser Permanente's Woodland Hills Medical Center.
At the same time, Oxanna and Jose Esquivel of Boyle Heights greeted their fifth child, son Jadian Arian Esquivel, at White Memorial Medical Center in Boyle Heights.
"I'm still trying to grasp what happened," Campudoni said of her late-night delivery.
Both women had been due to give birth in mid-January.
Campudoni, 32, went into labor naturally on Monday. She was admitted to the hospital about 4 p.m.
For her part, she hoped the child would arrive in 2012. "I was aiming for the tax write-off," she said.
But as Campudoni pushed in the delivery room, her sister, her mother and one of the nurses started counting down the last seconds of the year. They hit one — and Dorian made his entrance.
The baby weighed 6 pounds 13 ounces and was 18 3/4 inches long.
Esquivel, 29, said she started having contractions at 3 a.m. Sunday, and that a New Year's arrival was the last thing on her and her husband's minds by the time Monday night rolled around.
"I just wanted to get the baby out," she said.
Jadian, who is the couple's fourth son, weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.
Both mothers and their babies were doing well Tuesday afternoon and planned to go home Wednesday.
-- Eryn Brown
Photo: Dorian Martin-Jean Hardy, left, sleeps beside his mother, Candice Campudoni, and brothers Dezmyn and Dominik at Kaiser Permanente’s Woodland Hills Medical Center. Credit: Los Angeles Times