COLUMBIA — Columbia's first 2014 baby was born five minutes after midnight at Women's and Children's Hospital. Emma Grace, 7 pounds and 9 ounces, is the fifth child in the blended family of Matt and Amber Scott.
"That was the closest I've seen in my 13 years here," said Jeff Hoelscher, media relations coordinator for MU Health Care.
Nearly 12 hours later, Noah Martin Reveley became the first New Year's baby at Boone Hospital Center.
Noah was born at 11:45 a.m. to Matthew Reveley and Renata Souza Reveley. He weighed an even 7 pounds.
The chance of having a baby born at 12:01 a.m. New Year's Day is 1 in 526,600 — the total number of minutes in any given year (except leap year).
Matt Scott said he was psyched to learn that his daughter was a New Year's baby.
"I had never had a baby that was a big deal to anyone else but me, so this is pretty special," added his wife.
Emma Grace becomes the family's fifth child but their third together. The other four children are Tyler, 9, Alexis, 7, Sean, 4, and Landon, 2.
They said plenty of family members have already flocked in to see Emma, including the baby's great-grandparents. After meeting her new sister, Alexis told her mother, "She's bigger than my dolls."
Emma arrived seven days ahead of schedule, but the birth was fairly quick, Amber Scott said.
"They had me pushing around five minutes to midnight, and 10 minutes later, there she was," she said.
She had an easy pregnancy, she said, which was something of a surprise after the challenges of her previous two. She was bedridden during the birth of her last son; his older brother was born after just 26 weeks.
Noah was also an early New Year's baby, arriving six days ahead of his Jan. 7 due date.
"At least it's a party holiday," his mother said.
"And no one will forget his birthday," said his dad.
Renata Souza Reveley completed her Master's in Business Administration degree at MU and worked as a graduate assistant while she was pregnant.
All things considered, she said, it was a healthy pregnancy: "I managed to endure 15 credit hours while eight months pregnant, so I'd say it was a success."
Noah is her second child; her other son, Matthew, is 9.
Matthew Reveley said the family moved to Columbia in July 2012 and have relied on Facetime to connect with extended family, all living outside the city.
His parents will be among the first to meet the baby face-to-face, he said. Noah's middle name, Martin, was the name of his paternal grandfather, who died 2½ years ago.
"We're just very excited," Reveley said.