First Hawaii babies ring in the New Year

By Paul Drewes
Published On: Jan 02 2014 11:17:40 AM HST

Families celebrate the first two babies, one on the Big Island and one on Oahu, born in the new year in Hawaii.

HONOLULU -

Not long after midnight fireworks to celebrate the new year, a celebration of a different kind took place at the North Hawaii Community Hospital.

Prantison Wase was born at 12:47 a.m. -- the state's first baby of the new year.

But, he wasn't the only boy born early on Jan. 1.

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Noah Immanuel Laybon was the first baby of the new year born on Oahu.

"We wanted something with a lot of meaning, Christian meaning," said Tiffany Wilson of Makiki.

Noah just couldn't wait to get here.

"My due date was Jan. 12th," said Wilson.

Instead of a noisy New Year's Eve to ring in 2014, mom Tiffany planned to stay at home to rest and watch movies, but sudden labor pains late Tuesday night changed everything.

Noah's arrival was days early, but not completely unexpected.

"When I went to the doctor earlier in the day, I was already 4 cm. so he said it could be anytime," said Wilson.

Noah's family was surprised by this early delivery, which came after only an hour of labor -- to quick even for an epidural.  But, this isn't the first surprise Noah has given them.

"My mom, sister and dad wanted a baby girl, but I wanted a baby boy and I was correct," said 8-year-old brother Elijah Laybon, who grew his hair out to show his new brother.  He's proud he was the only one to pick the right sex of their new baby and already has big plans for his little brother.

"I'm going to take care of him and I'm just going to love him cause he's my baby brother and he's a little cute to me," said Laybon.

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