Washington family welcomes New Year’s Day baby at ECU Health

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – A family here in Eastern Carolina is starting off the New Year with a brand-new bundle.

When it comes to baby due dates, new mom Jasmin Flores learned first-hand this New Year’s Day that it’s up to the baby when it’s time to say hello to the world.

“I was actually not expecting him until the 20th of January so he’s really early,” Flores said.

Eli Antelmo Martinez, weighing 7lbs 3 ounces, was born at ECU Health Medical Center in Greenville at 12:12 a.m. Just barely into the new year, Eli’s arrival made for some fun among the staff.

“All the nurses were like I think he’s going to be in New Year’s baby, and I was like I don’t know so we all were just looking at the clock and checking,” Flores said.

But finally, after Eli Antelmo was born, Flores realized the significance of his birth time.

“He’s 12:12 a.m.12 plus 12 is 24 and here we are in year 2024,” Flores said.

And the time wasn’t the only thing significant. His name was as well as it is a combination of dad Eric Martinez’s older brother and father, both who had passed away.

“They deserve to have a way to be remembered,” Flores said. “So that’s where his name came from.”

Throughout her pregnancy Flores continued to work at Ryder Logistics in Greenville and said she had no complications. Despite having a smooth pregnancy, she said having the right nurses helped ease the nerves of being a first-time parent.

“What touched us was when we were moving into our other room, they were all waiting for us to get out our delivery room and they all gave us an applause, and they had their new year gear on and were like happy new year and congratulations,” Flores said.

Although she does have to return to work in 3 months, Flores sees it as a sacrifice for her family that she is willing to take.