First New Year's Baby
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First New Year's Baby

Zoraida Conde, 24, of Alexandria wasn’t expecting her baby to be born until Jan. 18. But the baby had other plans -- something worthy of a party.

Just moments after midnight on New Year's Day, Conde gave birth to a baby boy weighing 8 pounds and 8 ounces at Inova Fairfax Hospital. The baby, named Eber Antonio Blanco, was Conde's third child.

"It wasn't expected this early," said Conde. "It's a blessing to have a baby, maybe a little more exciting to have a New Year's baby. But the most important thing is that he's healthy." Conde, the child’s father, also named Eber Blanco, and the baby were featured on several local news TV programs Sunday night.

— Jason Hartke