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Say hello to the first babies born on New Year’s Day in West Houston

January 2, 2019 GMT

As partygoers closed out the night with fireworks and festivities preparing their New Year’s resolutions, tiny bundles of joy opened their eyes for the first time in their lives.

At Memorial Hermann Katy, Andrew Ellis Jr. was born to Keri Taylor five minutes after midnight weighing 5 pounds, 11 ounces and measuring 18.25 inches long.

Over at Houston Methodist West Hospital, the family of Merlin Rhaegal Einecke was eagerly awaiting the baby’s arrival. At 6:15 a.m. baby Merlin arrived weighing 7 pounds, 1 ounce and measuring 19.25 inches.

It was a moment for new beginnings as West Houston Medical Center saw the birth of four babies — all boys — born on the first day of 2019.


Mother Kathy Maldonado welcomed baby boy Jayden Maldonado at precisely 8:36 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Measuring 19 inches and weighing 5 pounds, 3 ounces, Jayden “helped his family and West Houston Medical Center Staff kick off 2019 on a high note,” a spokesperson for the hospital said.

Three other baby boys followed Jayden’s arrival, including Rigoberto Reyes who weighed in at 6 pounds, 6 ounces and measuring 20.5 inches; and Obalozuwa J. Oboye who weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 19.5 inches.