The first baby of 2019 born at Anchorage’s four major hospitals arrived just an hour into the new year.

Samuel Howard, 19.5 inches long and weighing 6 pounds, 4 ounces, was born at precisely 1 a.m. at the Alaska Native Medical Center according to his mother, Colleen Andrew of Kwethluk. He is the third boy for Andrew, who was born on Christmas Day herself, but her first to be born in Anchorage.

Andrew said Samuel’s father was still in Kwethluk on Tuesday, but the newborn’s grandmother was in the delivery room for the birth.

Anchorage hospitals' first 2019 baby, Samuel Howard, at the Alaska Native Medical Center on Jan. 1. (Nick Swann/KTVA)

“I’m shocked that he’s the first one born (in Anchorage this year),” Andrew said.

Samuel’s father is eager to meet his newest son, Andrew said.

Providence Alaska Medical Center saw its first delivery just before 2 a.m. Tuesday, according to spokesman Mikal Canfield. Labor and delivery staff at Alaska Regional Hospital and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s hospital said no babies had been born at either facility by 9:30 a.m.

Nick Swann contributed information to this story.

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