Region’s first newborn of 2015 delivered at Gary hospital - January 1, 2015

Courtesy of NWI Times

January 01, 2015 7:15 pm • Joyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222

GARY | There’s a good possibility little Evan Eric Hernandez could grow up just a little spoiled.

The dark-haired, cherub-faced boy who came into the world at 12:54 a.m. Thursday not only has two doting big sisters at home, but has a mom and dad pretty pleased with his presence too.

Registering at 8 pounds, 9 ounces and 20 inches long, Evan was the first baby born in Northwest Indiana in 2015. He came into the world at Methodist Northlake Campus in Gary and was taking his newfound notority in stride some 12 hours after his birth — sleeping in his mother’s arms.

Evan is the son of Eric and Vanessa Hernandez of Gary. When he comes home later this week to his nursery decorated in dinosaurs and animals, he’ll be joined by big sisters Evienne, 4, and Evannie, 2.

The girls can’t wait to meet him, Eric said.

“They’ve been giving the baby kisses through her stomach,” he said.

He was delivered by Dr. Chinyere Odeluga.

“I just see double trouble, him and me together,” Eric said, admitting he’s a bit relieved he’s not the only male in the household anymore.

Vanessa Hernandez said her husband had wanted a boy and she was pretty happy too.

“I have five brothers and I was the only girl. I’ve got my girls. Having a boy is different,” she said, adding she’s planning on Evan being their last.

Vanessa said Evan wasn’t expected quite yet — his due date was Jan. 8. But on Wednesday she began feeling the tell-tale signs Evan wasn’t going to wait another week. By 7 p.m., her contractions were about 10 minutes apart. By 10:30 p.m., the family was at the hospital. Evan entered the world at 12:54 a.m.

While she had been induced into labor with both of her daughters, Vanessa said Evan was delivered naturally without the help of pain killers.

Hospital employees presented the parents with a large gift basket including clothing and a teddy bear.