For two years running the first North Shore baby of the year has been born at the North Shore Medical Center in Salem and come from Peabody.
This year's bundle of joy entered the world at 2:26 a.m., healthy at 7 pounds, 11 ounces, 20.5 inches long and not the "screamer" her mom was expecting.
Kimberly Alicea of Peabody tells the Salem News that Mirackle Fae's due date was actually Dec. 23 and she was admitted to the hospital on the morning of Dec. 31, still expecting her baby girl to arrive in 2012.
But as midnight approached, Mirackle Fae wasn't ready to come out just yet.
Kimberly told the Salem News she was in the middle of contractions as she watched the ball drop on TV with family and friends by her side.
Kimberly chose the name "Mirackle" because she said she was diagnosed as a child with a medical condition that made it highly unlikely she could conceive.