ELMHURST – For Jennifer and Tony Estephan, the onset of the new year brought a welcomed addition to their family.
The Estephans, of Roselle, welcomed their third child into the world at 12:57 a.m. Jan. 1 at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital. Their baby girl – who has yet to receive an official name – was born weighing 6 pounds, 2 ounces. She is 20 1/2 inches long.
"It was a nice New Year's surprise," Jennifer Estephan said Thursday morning from her hospital bed.
The Estephans, both originally from Elmhurst, were expecting their baby to be born on Saturday, Jan. 4. They were sitting at home watching a movie as the snow began to fall on New Year's Eve when Jennifer's contractions began.
"We left our house at 10:45 p.m. and got to the hospital at 11:30 p.m. and it was a really quick [delivery]," Jennifer said. "I think it took longer to get to the hospital because of the weather."
The labor was actually too short, Jennifer admitted, because she wasn't able to receive an epidural, likely making the delivery more painful than it would have been with anesthesia.
The couple planned to wait out the blizzard in the comfort of the hospital Thursday, and expect to take their daughter home Friday, where they will decide on a name with their other two children, Kyle, 14, and Caroline, 2.
"It was an exciting way to start the year," Tony Estephan said.