CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Several area hospitals welcomed their first babies born in the new year Monday morning.
Carolinas HealthCare System welcomed their first baby of 2018 shortly after midnight.
A spokesperson with Carolinas HealthCare System said Robert Muhammad Simpson was born at Carolinas Medical Center around 12:30 a.m. Simpson weighed seven pounds and two ounces at birth, according to the spokesperson.
Simpson's due date was scheduled for Jan. 9, hospital officials said. "It was a surprise. Yes, I was very excited," Assita Sylla, who is Simpson's mother, said.
According to officials with Novant Health, the Novant Health Medical Center on Gilead Road in Huntersville welcomed their first baby of the new year around 12:32 a.m. Luke Benjamin King was the first baby born at the Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center on Hawthorne Lane in Charlotte just before 12:30 a.m.
Silas Cain Taylor was born around 4 a.m. at the Novant Health Medical Center on Old Lexington Road in Thomasville and another baby was born around 6:45 a.m. at the Novant Health Medical Center in Rowan County, officials said.
The Novant Health Medical Center in Matthews also welcomed their first baby of 2018, according to officials with Novant Health.
Emily Calle, who is a registered nurse at Carolinas HealthCare System, said New Year's Eve is an exciting time to work at the hospital. "The first baby of the new year is always a little celebrity for the day in the maternity ward. And it's fun to see the family's reaction to a new year baby when it's not expected," Calle said.