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Boy born at Maryland hospital may be DC area’s first baby of 2023

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At 12:03 a.m. on New Year’s Day, Maryland couple Brenda and Reynauld Sabuni welcomed their third son, Lael. He may have been their third, but hospital officials believe he is the first baby of the new year.

Baby Lael will be born at 12:03 am on New Year’s Day. (Courtesy of Holy Cross Health)

At 12:03 a.m. on New Year’s Day, Maryland couple Brenda and Reynauld Sabuni welcomed their third son, Lael. He may have been their third, but hospital officials believe he is the first baby of the new year.

He was born at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, and according to Scott Graham, director of Emergency Preparedness for Holy Cross Health, Lael is likely to be the first baby to be born in the region in 2023.



Lael weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces, and mother and baby were doing fine, Graham said.

“We deliver more than 9,000 babies a year,” he said. “But there’s something special about that first baby of the new year.” Medical staff at the hospital had decorated a crib for the first baby, complete with balloons in the shape of 2023.

Graham said the Sabunis from Silver Spring arrived at the hospital on New Year’s Eve.

When baby Lael was born three minutes past midnight, Graham said, “We knew this was probably the first of the new year in the RDW.”

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Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.