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Meet Lawrence Hospital's First Baby of 2012

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- The Mingione family was not supposed to get any larger until January 4, but there was a little girl who had a different plan in mind.

Gemma Alessia Mingione was born on Jan. 1, 2012, at 2:28 p.m., the first baby born at Lawrence Hospital in the new year.

She weighed in at 6 pounds 3 ounces and was 19 inches long.

Parents Lisa and Frank Mingione were planning a quiet New Year’s eve with their older daughter Liana, 3, at their home located on the Eastchester/Scarsdale border.

But early in the day, Lisa began feeling contractions, and the couple headed over to Lawrence Hospital.

"We were told to go back home, because she was not in labor," said Frank Mingione. "Our doctor had scheduled a C-section for Wednesday."

But by noon on New Year’s Day, Lisa Mingione said she knew it was time to head back to the hospital.

"I was in a lot of pain, we checked with the doctor, and he said to head over," she said.

Mom and new daughter were doing just great Sunday evening, and can't wait to get home.

"I guess for the rest of her life she is going to think that ball dropping in Times Square is for her birthday," said Frank Mingione. "And she should."

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