CROWN POINT | Northwest Indiana's first baby of the year did not come quietly.
Anthony Michael Valsi was expected to be born Jan. 2, but Melissa Valsi said she got a morning wake-up call on New Year's Eve in the form of her water breaking. She and her husband, Eric Valsi, spent the rest of the day at Franciscan St. Anthony Health hospital in Crown Point.
As the new year approached, Anthony wasn't budging and doctors had to perform an emergency cesarean section.
Anthony was born at 12:37 a.m. Wednesday, Melissa Valsi said. He weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and was 19 inches long.
"He was loud coming out. I heard him from two doors down," Eric Valsi said. "Now he's content."
By noon, Anthony was more calm and quietly taking in his mother's hospital room. Wearing a University of Notre Dame hat like his father, he did not make a sound as his dad held him.
He sometimes closed one eye and other times looked like he was trying to yawn.
Crown Point residents Melissa Valsi, 31, and Eric Valsi, 41, had been trying to have a baby since their marriage three years ago.
"It's just a blessing," Eric Valsi said.
Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospital in Dyer reported that its first baby was born at 4:50 a.m. Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospital in Hammond did not disclose if any babies were born Wednesday morning.
In LaPorte County, officials at Franciscan St. Anthony Health hospital in Michigan City said they did not have any babies born Wednesday morning.
In Porter County, the tradition of announcing the year's first baby has come to an end. Officials at Porter Regional Hospital said they will not publicize the name of the first baby born in 2014, citing new safety and risk management practices at their facility.