MERIDEN — After welcoming the first baby of the year at MidState Medical Center, city couple Alyssa and Charles Johnson are excited to get to know the newest member of their family.
Penelope Quinn Johnson was born at 1:24 am Tuesday, weighing 8 pounds, 9 ounces. She is 21 inches tall.
“We just kind of came upon it,” Alyssa Johnson said of the name Penelope. “We love the nickname Penny.”
With Penelope being their first, she said when they go home, the Meriden couple will be focused on “getting to know her and discovering the great things about being new parents. There's a lot to learn about each other.”
With both parents having time off work – Alyssa is a children’s librarian at the Wallingford Library and Charles works in the Alumni Department of Central Connecticut State University – they have plenty of time to focus on Penelope, though they feel like a lot of it is already coming naturally.
"I thought it was really cool that she knows us and we know her already,” she said. “You don't expect that when a baby has been inside you for nine months...it's like I always knew her.”
After a late night and a long day, Charles told his wife she’s a champ for being so excited for it all.
Penelope was originally due on the Dec. 27 and the couple was hoping for a Christmas baby, but they’ve found they prefer the idea of celebrating on the first of the year now.
“I think this is so much better because everyone's celebrating the day before her birthday,” Alyssa said. Then when the clock strikes midnight, they can continue the celebration with their daughter.