DIXON – Riley Adilynn Angell just barely – by about 20 minutes – was the first baby of 2014 born in the Sauk Valley.
She weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches, her mother, Connie Hermes, 21, of Mount Morris, said while holding Riley in the middle of her room at KSB Hospital.
She was born at 8:16 p.m. Wednesday, Hermes said, about 20 minutes before another baby in the hospital was delivered.
Riley’s due date was Jan. 4, Hermes said, but she had a feeling the birth would happen on New Year’s Day.
Hermes, who arrived at the hospital about 1 p.m. Wednesday, already in labor, said she really didn’t care when someone told her that if Riley didn’t hurry, she wouldn’t be the first baby of 2014. But Riley ended up beating out the other baby anyway.
Riley’s father, Adam Owens, 21, of Mount Morris, said they knew they were having a girl, and had a few ideas for names, but it wasn’t until Wednesday that they settled on Riley.
That decision, Hermes said, came after they arrived at the hospital.
“We had a couple different names, but we decided fully [Wednesday],” she said. “We got to the hospital, and it was like, ‘What are are going to name our daughter?’”
Riley’s last name, Angell, comes from Owens’ stepfather, the same last name Adam will soon change his to, and which Hermes will take once they get married.
Riley was just the first for that, too, adding it the list of firsts in her young life.