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Long Island marks first babies born in new year

Mia Marie Ameruoso, likely the first Long Island

Mia Marie Ameruoso, likely the first Long Island baby of 2010, was born at 12:00:43 a.m. to Frank and Sabrina Ameruoso of Valley Stream. (Jan. 1, 2010) Credit: Dave Sanders

Sabrina Ameruoso was in labor at the hospital late New Year's Eve when the nurses asked if they could turn on the television in her room to watch the Times Square ball drop.

"I really didn't care," said Ameruoso, 31, of Valley Stream.

Ameruoso could hear the nurses counting down while her newborn daughter made a timely arrival.

"As the ball starts coming down, she was coming out," Frank Ameruoso said of his baby girl.

"One push, it was over."

Mia Marie Ameruoso was born just 43 seconds after the stroke of midnight at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside. She was believed to be the first baby born in 2010 on Long Island.

Mia, whose due date was Jan. 9, weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and measured 19 inches long.

She certainly wasn't the only New Year's baby on Long Island.

At St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, a boy was born at 2:23 a.m. Then at 2:30 a.m., a girl was born at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola.

"Definitely an interesting New Year's," Ameruoso said in her hospital room Friday.

"Couldn't have planned it any better," said her husband, who runs a party business and works at a printing company.

Friends and family dropped by the hospital to congratulate the couple.

"All right, Mia, showtime," Sabrina Ameruoso said before they had their picture taken.

Mia, born with hair that the nurses styled, and bundled in a pink blanket, mostly slept as 7-year-old sister Ariela and other family members took turns holding her.

Sabrina Ameruoso, who had planned to work up until the baby arrived, said she went to her job at a Mineola clothing store on Thursday, New Year's Eve. Later that evening at home, she said she was having contractions that were getting "worse and worse."

Her husband drove her to the hospital shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday.

Friday, about 12 hours after the birth, Sabrina Ameruoso said the baby was doing well and sleeping.

"She cried a little, puked on me, and she was good to go."

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