Late baby is just in time for new year
Girl misses her due date, instead arrives just after midnight Jan. 1
LANCASTER — Little Amirah Fairley missed her due date by more than a week, but she arrived just in time to make her the Antelope Valley’s first baby of the new year.
Amirah’s due date was Christmas Eve. She arrived at 2:01 a.m. Wednesday weighing six pounds, one ounce, and measuring 19.5 inches long at Antelope Valley Hospital’s Women and Infants Pavilion.
“She’s like, I’m going to be a 2020 baby,” mother Essence Ware said as she held Amirah.
“I thought it was going to be Christmas,” father Jonathan Fairley said.
Amijah has two older sisters and one older brother.
“All of them are very excited,” Ware said. “They’re just too little to come in here, so they haven’t been able to see her. We sent pictures.”
Fairley added his 16-year-old son will be able to meet his younger sister later.
Ware chose the name Amirah because it means
“We’re excited and we didn’t expect this, but apparently she knew it was going to happen; that’s why she’s smiling,” Ware said.
The AV Hospital Auxiliary gifted Ware and baby Amirah a large basket filled with newborn essentials, including an infant car seat, stuffed animals, a William Edwards Photography
portrait package and many other items.
“The Auxiliary is thrilled to once again provide a gift basket to AV Hospital’s first new mom of the year,” Jackie Davis, director of the Gift Shop and Auxiliary, said in a statement. “The basket is filled with many essentials to celebrate the birth of
her new baby — the first baby of the decade to be born at AV Hospital. We wish the family well.”
AV Hospital’s Women and Infants Pavilion is a spacious maternity care facility that houses a complete array of obstetrical and newborn services, where more than 4,100 babies were delivered in 2019. The facility features 39 private “Couplet Care” rooms that are furnished with special beds and bassinets so mother and baby can stay in the same room until they go home. The facility is also home to the area’s only neonatal intensive care unit to care for the region’s tiniest and most vulnerable patients.
Parents Jonathan Fairley (left) and Essence Ware with daughter Amirah Fairley, the Antelope Valley’s first baby of 2020, who arrived at 2:01 a.m, Wednesday weighing six pounds, one ounce and measuring 19.5 inches long at Antelope Valley Hospital Women & Infants Pavilion.