CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Charleston woman delivered the first 2012 baby born in the Tri-County area early New Year's Day.
Maricela Esparza gave birth to Natalie Esparza at MUSC at 3:38 a.m. She weighed 5 pounds and 9 ounces.
"I started having labor pains... I knew she was ready," says Maricela.
Esparza was originally due January 4th but Natalie had other plans.
While watching New Year's festivities on television at her home on Cannon Street Esparza started feeling strong pains and immediately called her husband to take her to the hospital.
"It was kind of scary," says Maricela's sister Yesenia Moreno. "We were just sitting on the couch waiting for the New Year to come in and the next thing you know she said I'm ready to come out and we had to come to the hospital."
Little Natalie just edged another New Year birthday boy. Chandler Maxwell, son of Damon Maxwell and Shana White, was born at 5:49 a.m. at the Summerville Medical Center.
Chandler weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces at birth, and nurses at the hospital dressed the little one in a festive "Happy New Year" outfit.
Roper St. Francis in Mt. Pleasant also got in on the fun, with Wyatt Wexler being delivered at 11:21 p.m. He weighed 7 pounds and 5 ounces.