First Baby of New Year

FirstBaby2©2009 Chicago Tribune/Alex Garcia

The first baby from the Chicago area in 2010 is lit from a window at Stroger Hospital. According to the hospital, the child was born at the stroke of midnight. Another child was born at St. Joseph Hospital some ten seconds later. Good people can disagree as to how you actually time these things, since I don’t know if  their clocks were precision set by Greenwich Mean Time, or whether Price Waterhouse representatives were observing the proceedings. But let’s not spoil this child’s moment with talks of baby gamesmanship. A new smile has entered the world. A miracle is born. Happy 2010!