New Year's baby: Gilbert couple welcomes baby girl 14 seconds after midnight

A Gilbert family rang in 2021 with a very special gift -- a healthy newborn baby girl who was born just after midnight.

According to a news release from Banner Health, Avery Laine Wesolowski was born just 14 seconds after midnight at Banner Gateway Medical Center.

"It was so crazy. It was down to the final minute," said new mother Jamie Wesolowski. "I just held off and we got her to the new year!"

Avery Laine Wesolowski (Banner Health)

Baby Avery weighed 6 pounds and 3 ounces.

"2020 was such an incredibly rough year for everyone, and a baby born right at midnight to ring in the near year brings so much hope for all of us," said nurse Marci Judkins.

Wesolowski Family

Little Avery's parents, Jamie and Justin, are excited to introduce the newborn to her big brother, 11-year-old Jagger. No other family members were permitted in the hospital, due to COVID restrictions.

Jamie says having a baby in the middle of a pandemic was interesting, to say the least.

"It was different, but the staff was so great, they made it enjoyable. The mask wasn’t a big deal, when it bothered me, they put an oxygen mask on and it was fine," said Jamie.

The hospital says although Avery did enter the world just after midnight, officials can't confirm if she is the first baby born in 2021 in the Valley or the state.

Congratulations to the Wesolowski Family!

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