Giovanna and Mike Tomaszewski of Addison are the proud parents of the first baby born in 2012 at .
Little Joseph Jerry Tomaszewski came into the world at 10:41 p.m. Jan. 1 weighing 8 pounds, 3 ounces and measuring 21 inches long.
He is the first child of Giovanna, 28, and Mike, 30.
His special status as the New Year's baby came as a shock to his parents since he was born so late in the day.
"I thought for sure there would have been more (babies born that day)," said Giovanna, who brought their special bundle home Tuesday afternoon. "It wasn't very crowded over there. I always thought there would be millions of babies coming every single day."
Joseph's due date was Dec. 28, according to an ultrasound.
"We never talked about having a New Year's baby. We always thought it would be Christmas," Giovanna said. "I'm very, very glad he came late."
Since Joseph had passed his due date, the Tomaszewskis had the feeling Giovanna's doctors would have to induce labor in a couple of weeks, so they decided to attend a family New Year's Eve celebration Dec. 31.
"We were only home for about two hours before the contractions started at about 4:30 in the morning," she said. "Look at the way he decided to make his debut; he likes to tease mommy and daddy. We really had a long stretch with no sleep!"
They plan on telling Joseph about his "famous" arrival. The nurses at Elmhurst Memorial were all talking about it, Giovanna said.
A New Year's Day birthday is perfect, she said. He'll get his own day to celebrate, not one overshadowed by Christmas chaos, and he'll get to be home from school every year on his birthday.
Labor and delivery went smoothly, and the Tomaszewskis enjoyed the amenities at the new hospital.
"We love it," Giovanna said. "We couldn't be happier with our stay over there."
Her husband also was born at Elmhurst Memorial, at the old campus on Berteau.
So, what's on the agenda for their first day home?
"Maybe I'll take a nap," Giovanna said. "He's sleeping right now. Then we want to give him his first little sponge bath."