By Jonathan Phelps
---- — SALEM — Kimberly Alicea expected her daughter to be born before the new year, but the new mom had to wait until after the ball dropped.
“I decided to just watch the ball drop in the middle of contractions,” she said.
There were no champagne toasts or funny hats, but Alicea, of Peabody, was with family and her best friend to ring in 2013.
“We just hugged and said happy new year,” she said. “We all cried because we knew the baby would be born minutes later.”
But the minutes turned to hours and at 2:26 a.m., little Mirackle Fae came into this world at North Shore Medical Center in Salem, becoming the first baby born this year on the North Shore.
It came as a surprise for Alicea because her due date was Dec. 23. She arrived at the hospital the morning of New Year’s Eve, but even then baby Mirackle was expected to be born earlier in the afternoon.
Yesterday Alicea called the birth of her first child a miracle because after being diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome at the age of 10, she was told it was unlikely she would be able to conceive.
“That is why I named her Mirackle,” she said. “She is doing good. Surprisingly she is quiet; I expected her to be a screamer.”
At Beverly Hospital, Emily and Flavio DeCastro of Gloucester welcomed daughter Kaia Camilla at 5:44 a.m. She was the first child to be born this year at the North Shore Birth Center, located at the hospital.
Baby Kaia weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces. She has two brothers, Jacoby, 3, and Lucas, 1.
The DeCastros expected Kaia to be born before the new year, with a due date of Dec. 29. The two spent New Year’s Eve resting and were sleeping when the ball dropped to ring in 2013.
The couple arrived at the hospital at 1:30 yesterday morning.
“It was a great surprise,” Emily DeCastro said of Kaia being the first born at the hospital. “We weren’t sure if it was going to be today or tomorrow.”
They were given a ribbon that read “First Baby 2013,” a gift basket, gift cards and flowers.
“She is doing great,” DeCastro said. “She is eating and doing all the things she is supposed to be doing. And she is sleeping a lot.”