OGDEN — Little Evolet Figueroa provided a midnight surprise as the year’s first baby in Northern Utah.

Sheryl Lopez went to McKay-Dee Hospital on New Year’s Eve, expecting to go through an extensive labor as a first-time mother.

“They told me she was going to be born like around 7,” on New Year’s morning, said Lopez, 20, of North Salt Lake. “But then it happened pretty fast.”

Evolet was born at 12:21 a.m., apparently the first birth in Weber and Davis counties in 2019.

“She’s just perfect,” Lopez said.

Dr. Mark Housley, who handled the delivery, said Evolet wasn’t due until Jan. 9.

He spoke to Lopez and Evolet’s father, Brayan Figueroa, in the evening and said he would be back in the morning, estimating the child would be born about 4 to 6 a.m.

“But right at the stroke of midnight, I am called to get back to the hospital,” Housley said. “I race back and she’s born 21 minutes later.”

The doctor said mother and baby were doing very well, and Lopez said she and Figueroa “are really tired.”

Evolet measured in an 5 pounds, 13 ounces, and 18.5 inches long.

Housley said he delivered Lopez’s little sister five years ago.

“The best thing in the new year just happened to us,” Lopez said. “We’re very happy.”

You can reach reporter Mark Shenefelt at mshenefelt@standard.net or 801 625-4224. Follow him on Twitter at @mshenefelt.

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