Tamari Gardner fell in love with her Monday morning dream.
The 24-year-old Hempstead mother of three gave birth to her fourth child — Aziya “Dream” Shingler, at 12:19 a.m. Monday at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.
Aziya came into the world weighing 5 pounds, 10 ounces.
The baby was the first born at the New Hyde Park hospital in 2018.
“I thought I was having a boy but it was another girl,” said Gardner, a stay-at-home mom, who already has three girls.
Little Aziya was among several early arrivals on New Year’s Day.
Less than 40 minutes after Aziya’s birth, Sarah Isabella Carbajal-Rodriguez celebrated New Year’s Day in style as the first baby born at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, part of Catholic Health Services.
Delivered at 12:58 a.m., Sarah weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces. She measured just over 19 inches long.
Sarah’s arrival marked the first child for her Freeport parents, Wilmer and Dalia.
Officials at St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, part of Catholic Health Services of Long Island, announced the arrival of a baby boy at 1:03 a.m. — Ryan Christopher Ciervo, who weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces.
Ryan was the second baby for parents Colleen and John Ciervo, of Sound Beach. Colleen Ciervo, 30, said her daughter, Jaelyn, was two weeks early and so was Ryan.
“I had a feeling it wouldn’t be much different,” Colleen Ciervo said. The baby was originally due on the 14th.
Her water broke at 7:15 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and Colleen was admitted at St. Charles shortly afterward. By 1:03 a.m., Ryan made his debut.
“It was very easy, I only pushed for 10 minutes, he was ready,” she said. “Now we have a reason to celebrate New Year’s Eve — we never really did and now we do.”
Two minutes later, a Riverhead couple, Angelina Felix and Isai Zane Garcia, welcomed their son, Hayden, at Stony Brook University Hospital.
Weighing 7 pounds, 2 ounces, the baby was born at 1:05 a.m. Hayden was delivered by midwife Pamela Koch.
Gardner said she was home cleaning Saturday afternoon when her contractions started coming back to back.
Still, her mother didn’t believe she was ready to give birth since she wasn’t due until Jan. 26.
When the pain became unbearable, an ambulance rushed Gardner to the hospital.
“I’m done,” she said from her hospital room. “No more kids.”
By 11 a.m. Monday, Aziya was wrapped in her mother’s arms under a white blanket. She wore a pink and green beanie and a gray and pink outfit.
“I feel like a father again. She’s the boss,” said Aziya’s father, Aaron Shingler, 25, of Hempstead. He said his daughter can be whatever she wants to be in life as long as she stays out of trouble.
Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park is part of the Northwell Health system, which performed about 40,000 deliveries in 2017, hospital officials said.
The medical center led New York State hospitals in delivery births in 2016 with 9,000, and is expected to be near the top for 2017 with roughly the same amount, said Margaret Murphy, chief nursing officer at LIJ.