Elias Jacob Adam Miller was suppose to be born Jan. 27. Instead, the baby boy made his arrival on Jan. 1 and made history.

Elias Jacob Adam Miller was suppose to be born Jan. 27. Instead, the baby boy made his arrival on Jan. 1 and made history.

Elias’ birth marked a “first” and a “last” at Hammond-Henry Hospital, in Geneseo. He became the first baby of 2017 born at the hospital but will also be the hospital’s last New Year’s baby. Hammond-Henry will cease labor and delivery services on April 30.

Elias is the son of DesiRae and Kevin Miller, of Kewanee.

“It’s cool that he’s the New Year’s baby,” said Elias’ mother, DesiRae. “It will definitely be something I tell him about.”

DesiRae said she’d been in pre-term labor, so Elias’ early arrival wasn’t entirely unexpected.

“We went to the hospital at 4:30 a.m. and he arrived at 5:27 a.m.,” she said.

He weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces and was 20.5 inches long at birth and arrived “with a lot of hair” said DesiRae.

Elias’ New Year’s Day arrival had special significance for his parents. Three years ago, DesiRae’s uncle Donald died on New Year’s Day.

Elias’ numerical birth date - 1-1-17 - also is significant. An uncle and a grandmother were born on November 17, or 11-17.

“The uncle is Dale Jacob, so we gave Elias’ Jacob as a middle name,” said DesiRae.

The new baby was welcomed home by four other brothers, including Kevin Jr., 4; twins Xander and Aydyn, 3; and Karsyn, 1.

“We have five boys 4 and under,” remarked DesiRae.

Thus far, the brothers have been happy to welcome the new addition.

“They’re obsessed with him. They love him so much ... well, except for the youngest, Karsyn. He doesn’t really know what’s going on,” said DesiRae.