Luke Benjamin King was born at 12:25 a.m. Monday at Novant Presbyterian Medical Center, the first baby born in Charlotte in 2018.
He weighed 7 pounds and 11 ounces and measured 19 inches. He has a 3-year-old brother.
Parents Ben and Lindsey King live in Mint Hill.
Luke’s early arrival was a “big surprise,” said dad Brian King, adding the due date was this Thursday.
But at 4 a.m. on Sunday, Brian King heard his wife yell that her water broke.
He jumped up and “started getting the bags going” so they could leave for the hospital, he said.
The couple watched New Year’s Eve celebrations on TV during labor, but couldn’t tune in as much as the clock neared midnight.
“It was go time,” Lindsey King said.
Less than a half-hour into the new year, Luke arrived.
Another baby was born shortly into the new year at Charlotte’s other hospital, Carolinas Medical Center. Robert Muhammad Simpson weighed 7 pounds and 2 ounces, according to Carolinas.
His due date was Jan. 9 so his arrival on New Year’s Day was also as surprise.
“New Year’s Eve is always an exciting time to be working,” said Emily Calle, a registered nurse for Carolinas HealthCare System. “The first baby of the new year is always a little celebrity for the day in the maternity ward.”