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Queens’ first baby arrives at 12:18 a.m.

Couple from St. Albans welcomes Nina McConnell-Honore at NYHQ

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Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2012 12:00 pm | Updated: 1:22 pm, Thu Jan 12, 2012.

Her middle name is Love and that’s not the only thing that sets Nina McConnell-Honore apart. She was the first Queens baby born in 2012.

Proud parents Rose Honore and Duane McConnell from St. Albans welcomed the 7-pound 10-ounce bundle of joy at 12:18 a.m. on Sunday at New York Hospital Queens in Flushing.

“I feel great. I feel special and so does she,” Honore said. “She is sweet, quiet and lovely. That’s why her middle name is Love.”

The couple also has a 12-year-old son named Aamin.

In recognition of their achievement, the couple was given a $1,000 savings bond and a large basket of flowers.

The distinction of having the first baby of the year in New York City, however, is shared by two moms, who both gave birth at exactly midnight in the Bronx and in Brooklyn.

Rania Ali and her husband, Imdad Ali of Throgs Neck, welcomed a baby girl named Rania at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, while Monika and Mariusz Sieminska of Greenpoint had a daughter, Emma, at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn.

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