It was nearing midnight on New Year's Eve, and Candice Campudoni had expected to be ringing in 2013 with family and friends at her Reseda home.
Instead, the 32-year-old was giving birth to her third son - and Los Angeles County's first New Year's baby - who made his entrance at the stroke of midnight.
"The nurses were counting down to midnight," Campudoni said Tuesday, as she cuddled her sleeping newborn in her room at Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center. "They got to 1, and he came out."
Born nearly two weeks before his due date of Jan. 13, Dorian Martin-Jean Hardy was nearly 19 inches long and a healthy 6 pounds, 13 ounces.
Campudoni and her fiance, Martin Hardy, were getting ready to host their New Year's party when she went into labor about 4 p.
Summoned to the hospital about 11 p.m., Hardy made it in plenty of time to greet Dorian, whose middle name is a tribute to both him and his mother.
"I can't believe I have three sons," said Hardy, a tattoo artist who will will be adding Dorian's name to those of his other boys - 5-year-old Dezmyn and 3-year-old Dominik - inked on his arms.
Dorian just edged out Ivy Isabelle Senge, who was born at 12:17 a.m. at Kaiser's medical center in Panorama City. Parents of the 9 pound, 8 ounce baby are Erin and Jonathan Senge of Burbank.
Also claiming a 1/1/13 birthday is Vincent Edward Parillo IV who was born at 9:36 a.m., at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, where his mom, Jaime, works as a surgical nurse.
Gabriela and Antonio Sandoval had their 7 pound, 12 ounce daughter at 3:08 a.m., at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys.
Four babies were born Tuesday morning at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills: a girl at 3:02, a boy at 3:08, a girl at 4:05 and another boy at 10:25.
Information on those babies wasn't released.
Despite the cache of having a baby on Jan. 1, Campudoni said she's actually been hoping that Dorian would be born on Dec. 31, so she could claim the tax deduction for 2012.
"I was watching the clock the whole time," she said. "I tried to make it happen, but there wasn't anything more I could do."