AUBURN — Two families found themselves in an unexpected race New Year's Day morning at Auburn Community Hospital to see who would deliver Cayuga County's first baby of 2019.
Sarah and Jason Dimari welcomed their second son, Jagger Charles, into the world at 6:03 a.m. Jan. 1, a few days before his Jan. 5 due date. Cassandra and Matt Roberts, however, expected to be induced later this week for their overdue baby, but Coraline Jane also made her grand entrance at 7:37 a.m. New Year's Day.
Sarah, of Locke, said she and her husband took to calling Jagger "our little holiday baby," because she found out she was pregnant on Mother's Day. Initially told by doctors that she wouldn't be able to have children, both Jagger and his 4-year-old brother Cylis came as gifts.
"Doctors said it wasn't going to happen," Sarah said of her conceiving.
Nearly everything was different about Jagger's birth, Sarah said. Cylis' name was picked out when she was 16 weeks pregnant, he arrived two weeks late and weighed more than 9 pounds.
Jagger, however, shocked everyone by being "a little peanut," Sarah said, as he was born 6 pounds, 5 ounces and 19 inches long.
On the way to the hospital the morning of New Year's Eve after her water broke, Sarah thought they would name their son Arlo. But when they saw he was "such a little guy" they opted for what they thought was more of a strong, cool name.
"It gives him a little edge," Sarah said.
"It's exciting, totally unexpected," she said of Jagger's early debut. "It made our new year, that's for sure."
Just about 1 1/2 hours after Jagger was born, a baby girl also made her way into the new year.
Coraline Jane Roberts was a surprise New Year's baby as well. She was overdue and doctors talked about inducing her on Jan. 2, but Cassandra said that Coraline clearly wanted to come on her own.
She entered the world at 7:37 a.m., weighing 9 pounds, 3.5 ounces and stretching 22.5 inches tall. Coraline was about 1 pound heavier and 1 inch longer than her 5-year-old brother Landen, Cassandra said.
"It's exciting," she said. "What better day — every time we say 'Happy New Year,' we can say 'Happy Birthday,' too."
New Year's Day also marks seven years of Cassandra and Matt being together, Matt said. The couple moved to Aurelius around August soon after they found out they were expecting — which came as a surprise as the couple originally only planned to have one baby.
While Cassandra's pregnancy "was pretty spot on" to her pregnancy with Landon, she said that the delivery was different. For one, the couple chose to be surprised by the gender. And instead of 36 hours of labor, Coraline was born after about eight hours.
Cassandra's water broke mid-evening New Year's Eve, and they eventually arrived at the hospital at 1:53 a.m. New Year's Day.
"We're happy because we're healthy," Cassandra said to Coraline, who was named after the "Coraline" film.