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Meet the North Shore's First 2013 Babies

Two babies were born shortly after midnight, one in Highland Park and one in Evanston.

Naija Niyogi was the first baby born at an area hospital on New Year’s Day. She arrived Jan. 1, 2013 at 12:39 a.m.

Naija was born to Shiladitya Niyogi and Aindrila Gupta of Highland Park at NorthShore University HealthSystem Highland Park Hospital.

The baby girl is 6-pounds, 5-ounces and 19.5 inches. This is the couple’s first child.

About two minutes later, Samson Chambers was born to Chicago residents Donald and Sheryl Chambers at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston at 12:41 a.m.

The boy came in at 8-pounds, 3-ounces and 20-inches.

“I wanted [Samson] to be born on Christmas day and my husband wanted him to be born on New Year’s Day,” Sheryl Chambers said. “My husband got his wish.”

This is the fifth child for the Chambers family. The mother said she now has three girls and two boys.

“Honestly, for me, I think it’s a normal thing. It was a regular day for me,” Chambers said. “We gave him the name Samson [which is] from the bible. The name means ‘being strong.’”

Chambers added that she had family at the hospital celebrating her fifth born child.

“It wasn’t a surprise,” Chambers said. “I was expecting it to happen on New Year’s Day.”

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