Evanston’s first baby born just one hour into 2018

EVANSTON — Evanston’s first baby of the new year made her appearance at 1:08 a.m. on Jan. 1, at Evanston Regional Hospital. Blue-eyed Alexandria Dawn Parker was 18 inches long and weighed 5 pounds, 8 ounces. 

Mom Autum Parker said she was in labor for 15 hours with Alexandria, her first child. Her due date was Jan. 9, but Alexandria showed up several days early to help usher in 2018. 

Autum said both mother and baby are doing well. “We’re both doing great, other than she likes to be up at night and sleep all day.” 

Autum was surprised when she went into actual labor early. “She tricked me twice when I started having contractions that just stopped,” she said. 

Mom and baby are the thankful winners of several gift items from local businesses for the first baby of the year, but Autum said she’s mostly incredibly thankful for Alexandria. 

“I wasn’t supposed to be able to have kids,” said Autum. “I had an ectopic pregnancy and was told there was only a 5 percent chance I’d ever get pregnant again. She’s my miracle baby.”

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