Six Westchester Families Ring In 2013 With Newborns

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Claudia Ceja of Port Chester delivered her daughter, Emiliana Lopez, at 7:04 a.m. Tuesday inside Phelps Memorial Hospital, the first baby of 2013 to be born at the hospital.
Claudia Ceja of Port Chester delivered her daughter, Emiliana Lopez, at 7:04 a.m. Tuesday inside Phelps Memorial Hospital, the first baby of 2013 to be born at the hospital. Photo Credit: Matt Bultman

YONKERS, N.Y. – At least six Westchester families have started the new year by welcoming new bundles of joy.

The area’s first baby of 2013 arrived just minutes after the clock struck midnight when Ella Chang was born Tuesday at 12:20 a.m. at Lawrence Hospital Center in Bronxville.

The healthy baby girl, who weighed in at 6 pounds and 14 ounces, was born to Bronxville residents Elizabeth Spadaccini and Eric Chang.

Hours later, in Sleepy Hollow, Claudia Ceja welcomed her daughter, Emiliana Lopez, at 7:04 a.m. inside Phelps Memorial Hospital. Emiliana weighed 5 pounds, 11 ounces, and measured 18 ½  inches long.

As she looked down at Emiliana, her first child, wrapped tightly in a white blanket, with a pink hat on her head, Ceja said it was a surreal moment.

“It’s so overwhelming,” the Port Chester woman said. “But we’re overjoyed. It’s a great way to start the new year.”

Down the hall, Praveen Umashamkar and Deepthi Narasipura were welcoming a baby girl of their own. The Elmsford couple became proud parents at 7:51 a.m., four days sooner than expected.

“We didn’t expect to be here on New Year’s but today she was here,” Narasipura said.

The baby girl, whose parents are still deciding on a name, weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 19 ¾ inches long.

In Yonkers, Jessica Tocasuche gave birth to a baby boy at 10:02 a.m. Justus Enrique Gamero weighed 7 pounds and 7 ounces and measured 19 ½ inches long, his proud mother said.

Tocasuche said she wasn’t expecting her son to be delivered for at least another week but said his birth was the perfect way to start a new year.

“It was so unexpected and it happened so fast,” she said. “It was a beautiful surprise.”

A new baby girl arrived at Northern Westchester Hospital Center at 2:37 a.m.

Weighing in at seven pounds, 12 ounces, the girl was born to Emily Bloomfield and Michael Soumbasakis. According to hospital spokesman, Mark Vincent, both parents and baby are doing fine.

Elsewhere, Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle saw its first baby of 2013 born Tuesday morning as well. No further information was available. 

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