2012 brought an unexpected surprise for Faith Bredwood and her husband, Aadil Al'Alim II - twins.
The New Haven couple arrived at 's Pregnancy and Birth Center at 7:22 a.m. Sunday and within a matter of minutes welcomed a newborn son and daughter - M'Ale at 7:39 a.m. and M'Layah at 7:45 a.m. - into the world.
"I was in disbelief," says Faith, who gave birth to the area's first New Year's babies seven weeks earlier than she expected to. "It didn't even sink in yet. I haven't seen them yet. I'm still waiting to see them."
Born premature at just 33 weeks, M'Ale and M'Layah were taken Sunday afternoon to Yale-New Haven Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit where they are expected to remain for about four weeks as doctors monitor their development.
As of 4 p.m. Sunday Midstate Medical Center's Family Birthing Center in Meriden still did not have its first baby of the new year, hospital staff reported.
Faith, who initially was due on Feb. 22, says she realized Sunday morning that the couple and their 4-year-old daughter, Shiloh, would be spending New Year's day in the hospital.
"I just thought they were repositioning. He was sleeping and I'm tossing and turning and drinking water. So when the contractions kept going I woke him up," she says.
Aadil says he drove the family as fast as he could to Middletown.
"We got here in about twenty minutes. I ran in here, trying to get somebody 'Hey, come here my wife is giving birth.' We were scrambling."
The twin's were born naturally, six minutes apart.
"It was very quick," says nurse Sharon Rosano who helped deliver the twins. Rosano said no other New Year's babies were expected at the hospital.
A second surprise came in the form of the sex of the babies, which the couple decided to keep as a surprise, but that Shiloh guessed correctly.
"She said it was going to be a boy and a girl," Faith says.
Editor's Note: The babies' measurements were not available at the time of the report.