Worth baby is No. 1

Adrian Kois born just after midnight on New Year's Day

(From Jan. 12, 2012)

The newest addition to a Worth couple's family will forever carry the distinction of being one of the first babies born in Cook County in 2012.

Adrian Karol Kois came into the world one-tenth of a second after midnight Jan. 1 at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. Born to Celina and Slawomir Kois, Adrian weighed 9 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 22.5 inches long.

"I never expected him to be born on New Year's Day," Celina said.

Officially, Adrian was the second baby born in Cook County this year, entering the world mere tenths of a second after Lamaya West of Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood. Lamaya's official time of birth is listed as 1/100th of a second after midnight. She was born to parents Amanda Novoa and Lamar West at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, weighing in at 6 pounds, 6 ounces and measuring 19 inches.

"He was due on Dec. 27 or 28, so we thought he was going to be a Christmas baby," Kois said of Adrain. My first son, Sebastian, who is 5, was born on April 1, and he came two weeks early, so I expected Adrian to be here on Dec. 15.

"I got all my Christmas shopping done right after Thanksgiving, and I didn't even want to decorate the house for Christmas. I told everyone I wasn't going to be here, because I was going to be in the hospital giving birth on Christmas."

Kois said she had planned to enjoy New Year's Eve and didn't think she'd be in the hospital.

"On New Year's, you party, and you don't think about it, but everyone was here on Saturday, and I told them to hurry up, because I was having contractions," she said.

Kois was in labor for 18 hours with Sebastian, so she thought Adrian would be born later on New Year's Day.

"Now, I'm having a hard time getting a birth certificate, because he was born right after midnight," she said. "It's a big deal, even on the computer. They told me they don't know what to put on it, because they don't know if it was midnight or 12:01."

Kois said her "little one" is a happy baby who sleeps a lot, and that she is excited to share the story of his birth with him when he is older.

"I'm keeping all of the newspaper articles to show him," she said. "It's been really awesome, but it's been kind of overwhelming.