WOODSTOCK – Christopher Canache came into the world early Tuesday morning as the first McHenry County baby born in the new year.
Parents Daniela and Pedro Canache of Huntley welcomed their second son at Centegra Hospital – Woodstock, a mere 10 minutes after the region celebrated and greeted 2013 at midnight.
Centegra officials visited the parents Tuesday and presented them with a gift basket for having the first McHenry County baby born in the new year.
“It’s great to have a new baby. Anytime would have been great,” Pedro Canache said. “It’s a different experience because everyone here at the hospital were excited because we got the first baby of the new year.”
Pedro Canache said his wife, Daniela, started feeling contractions around 4 p.m. Monday, while they were eating pizza at Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria near Lakewood. From there, the two scurried to Centegra Hospital – Woodstock.
Nearly eight hours later, the Huntley couple had their second son in a pregnancy that went smooth and without complications, Pedro Canache said. The couple only had praise for Centegra’s staff for guiding them through labor.
“They were great,” Pedro Canache said. “Everything went real smooth.”
Christopher Canache weighed five pounds, 13 ounces.
The couple, who have been married since 2007, were originally expecting Christoper Canache to be due around January 10. But they were prepared for an early arrival, since their oldest son, Daniel, was born 38 weeks and four days into the pregnancy.
Christopher arrived 38 weeks and five days into the pregnancy.
Daniel Canache, who is four years old, was at the hospital Tuesday to welcome his new brother. A summertime baby, Daniel was born in Texas, where the Canaches lived until moving in February to a new home in Huntley.
Daniela and Pedro Canache decided on the name Christopher because it related well with Christmas, the festive time of year that Christopher missed by only six days.
The Canache family, now with four members, was expected to leave the hospital by this evening.