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New Year's Baby Arrives 18 Minutes Into 2013

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GLEN DALE, W.Va. -

One Wheeling couple is celebrating the new year with the birth of their daughter, born just 18 minutes after midnight on Monday.

Baby Naomi was born early on New Year's Day to Ashley and Ashlee Rios. Her parents weren't expecting Naomi's arrival quite so soon. They hadn't even thought about having a New Year's baby.

They say they got the greatest New Year's gift.

"It was exciting, I thought she was going to come as the ball was dropping," Ashlee says. "She was going to pop out and 'Happy New Year'."

Even though Naomi's due date was January 11th, the couple says they were actually aiming to have the baby next week so Naomi could have the same birthday as her dad, January 7th.

Naomi's two older siblings are thrilled with their New Year's gift, their new baby sister.

This military family hasn't always had the luxury of spending special days together. Both parents have served our country in Iraq, and were stationed for almost seven years in Hawaii.

"It means the world to me to have my husband here by my side," Ashley says. "He's a great companion to have."

Now, they are all home for good.

"I've been in the military for 7 years and the first time I was home for a birthday was Andre's third because I've been deployed so many times," Ashlee says.

Meanwhile, two Steubenville parents can proudly say they have a New Years baby as well.

Joe and Crystal Hammack welcomed Bryn Marie into the world at 12:59 Monday morning. Bryn is their first child.

Weighing 6 pounds and 6 ounces, Bryn marie has a full head of brown hair and wide brown eyes. It's a tough task but dad says he's ready to take on parenting.