January 3, 2019 / Brooklyn news / Parenting / Brooklyn Is Awesome

Happy New Year, baby! Meet the boro’s first newborns of 2019

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It was the first New Year’s Day of the rest of their lives!

Brooklyn welcomed a bevy of bundles of joy on Jan. 1, all of whom entered the world within hours of the start of 2019 — and two of whom arrived at the exact same minute.

One of Kings County’s first newborns of the year, seven-pound-three-ounce Joseph Patrick Bernstein, arrived at 12:44 am at Park Slope’s Methodist Hospital, leaving his loving his parents lost for words, according to his dad.

“Seeing your son come into this world is an experience that you can’t really describe,” said Bensonhurst resident Jonathan Bernstein, who welcomed his 20-inch son to the world with his wife, Jennifer. “It’s just overwhelming emotion.”

And at the same time, young Zakariyah Mir entered Brooklyn at Borough Park’s Maimonides Medical Center, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Parents Afifa Mir and Mir Rashid’s boy also weighed the same as baby Bernstein — clocking in at seven pounds, three ounces — but measured four inches taller than the Slope-born child.

Another babe arrived less than an hour later, at NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn in Sunset Park.

New parents Brucha and Yisroel Avrum Teitelbaum at 1:40 am greeted their little boy, who came out of the womb at 21.25-inches and weighing eight pounds, two ounces, according to hospital spokesman Colin DeVries, who said the parents did not immediately decide on a name for the newborn.

The next New Year’s baby arrived just before 5 am down in the People’s Playground, where mom Amina Riaz gave birth to a third boy at Coney Island Hospital, according to spokeswoman Roseanne Mottola.

Riaz and the babe’s dad Wagas Javed also did not immediately name their son, who entered the world at roughly the same size as baby Bernstein, measuring 20-inches and weighing seven pounds, three ounces, Mottola said.

And a little more than an hour later, mom Diloram Mukhiddinova and dad Mustafa Boguchakov welcomed daughter Fatima Zahra in the same wing of Coney Island Hospital.

The 21.5-inch girl stood a whole quarter of an inch taller than the tallest boy born before her, and weighed in at seven pounds, 14 ounces, Mottola said.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Updated 7:14 pm, January 9, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Lew from Park Slope says:
One of the problems with a Jan. 1st. birthday is that it will ruin your ability to attend New Years Eve parties for at least a decade.
Jan. 5, 2019, 10:25 am

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