Meet the Valley's first babies of 2015Posted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- Born at 12:01 a.m., Jack Nicholson is the Valley's first baby of 2015. He was born at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center.
Little Maya Lucious was a close second, arriving at 12:03 a.m. at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center.
"Probably the best moment of my life," said first-time mom Taylor Palumbo. "I had already been waiting for two days."
Palumbo was induced on Monday, but Maya didn't arrive until the new year.
"When she grows up, she'll probably have the best birthday parties of all time," Palumbo said. "Isn't that right? Everybody in the world will be partying on your birthday."
Maya's birthday is already a special day for Mom and Dad.
"Our anniversary was on New Year's Eve, and she came three minutes after our anniversary," Palumbo said. "So it was a pretty good anniversary present."
Just down the road and seven minutes later, another New Year's baby arrived.
"I'm happy she came out on the first," said mother Erin Hamilton. "It's kind of a big deal and it's awesome."
Ava Mahoney was born at 12:10 a.m. at Phoenix Baptist Hospital. She was nearly two weeks late and put Hamilton through 22 hours of labor.
"She just didn't want to come out, honestly. She liked it in there," Hamilton said.
Baby Ava wanted to make an entrance on a day that's already special for her family.
"My grandfather's birthday was on New Year's Day, so they share the same birthday," Hamilton said. "It's just like a tradition again for the family."
Ava was welcomed into the world in style with a sparkling cider toast.
"It's like the best way to kick off the new year, so I'm pretty happy," Hamilton said.