New year, new baby. For 27-year-old Cortney Gill, the best New Year’s surprise she could ask for was her newborn son.

Gill went into labor just after the clock struck midnight and 2018 begin. She arrived at Christus Mother Frances Hospital around 3 a.m. and Conner Antonn Reid Sparks came into the world weighing 5 pounds 14 ounces at 10:48 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

“I was going for Christmas, but he had a mind of his own,” Gill joked.

Gill was all smiles as she welcomed visitors to her room, wearing a shiny pink robe, holding Conner dressed in striped pajamas.

Her original due date was Dec. 30, but Conner wasn’t ready, so doctors discharged her.

After a long night of labor, Conner finally arrived and changed her world.

“I’m really tired, but I don’t want to miss a thing,” she said. “It’s been a really good, unique experience. I keep looking at him like, ‘I can’t believe I had a baby.’”

Gill’s mother Linda Davis was there with her through the entire experience.

“I’m just excited,” Davis said. “He’s my seventh grandchild, but she’s my only daughter so this is very special. This was the best New Year’s we could ask for.”

For 2018, Gill has made a few resolutions.

“To finish school, to raise my little man in a good home for us and enjoy life,” she said.

She hopes that someday Conner can look back and see how loved he was on the day of his birth.

“He has a great family,” she said. “He’s blessed beyond measure.”

Davis said New Year’s Day has now taken on a special meaning for the family.

Welcome to East Texas, little guy.

Public Information Officer Will Knous said several new mothers went into labor on New Year’s Day, but it was not immediately clear if any had been born before Conner.

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Cory is a multimedia journalist and member of the Education Writers Association, Criminal Justice Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has appeared on Crime Watch Daily and Grave Mysteries on Investigation Discovery.

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