LEWISTON — Amina Sharif tried everything she could think of to kick-start labor.
She walked. She did squats. She trod up and down stairs.
Her baby was supposed to be born days before Christmas. A week and a half later, he still hadn’t come.
But on New Year’s Eve, the 20-year-old from Lewiston started to feel contractions. Maybe the stairs worked, maybe squatting on a large ball helped. Or maybe the boy just held out for a memorable birth date.
After 15 hours of labor, Sharif gave birth at 4:26 a.m. to Lewiston-Auburn’s first baby of 2013.
“It’s very exciting,” Sharif said, looking tired but happy surrounded by cousins and aunts in a maternity room at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center.
The boy, who weighed just over 7 pounds, hasn’t been officially named yet, though Sharif was leaning toward the name Imran before he was born.
The baby is Sharif’s first. His father is Mohamed Rashid.
Although a Jan. 1 birthday is special, it’s not so unique among Lewiston-Auburn’s Somali families because immigrants and refugees are often assigned Jan. 1 as a birth date when they don’t have birth records from their home country.
“We were joking about that,” said Maryan Hassan, Sharif’s cousin. “We were like, ‘Oh, he’s going to fit right in now because everyone else’s (birthday) is on the first day.'”
Sharif’s son remained the Tri-County area’s first baby of 2013 until 7:17 a.m. when Arianna Alizabeth Harmon was born to Courtney and Andrew Harmon at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington. Arianna is the Dixfield couple’s third child, but their first girl.