Created: 01/01/2014 5:42 PM
By: Joseph Lynch, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Every year on December 31st, Albuquerque hospitals start paying close attention to the clock. They're looking to see if they'll get to claim Albuquerque's first baby of the new year.
This year that baby came less than an hour after midnight at Presbyterian Hospital's downtown location.
Victor Gonzalez Jr. was born at 12:48 a.m. His mother, Afton Frischmann, says he's her third child and his birth was definitely the quickest.
"I'm still so shocked that it happened so quickly. I'd say I started getting real serious pains probably at about 9:30 at night. And my water was breaking at the house. As I heard the gunshots for New Year's," Afton said.
As adorable as little Victor is, he was a little unexpected. Born almost a month early, he wasn't expected to be here until January 27.
But weighing in at 7 lbs. and 1 oz., mom says he's healthy and must have been ready.
"Oh, he's gorgeous. So handsome. Just blessed. He was my new year's surprise!" Afton said.
She didn't do it all alone. Victor Sr. was there too.
"It means a lot. Gives me another reason to keep working and doing good," Victor Sr. said.
Dad looks forward to telling Victor Jr. that he was the first baby born in Albuquerque in 2014. A unique story itself. but that's not all there is to the story.
Albuquerque Police Department played a role in junior's birth, noticing the family was in quite a hurry on the road.
"It's going to be a good story. Even the ride over here was exciting," Victor Sr. said.
"Oh God, we got pulled over on the way, so that was fun. It didn't last very long. I was like, 'Hey, I'm in labor!' and let us go," Afton said.
The next baby born in Albuquerque was at UNM Hospital at 3:22 a.m. Lovelace followed at 5:00 a.m. In Santa Fe, the first born was at Christus St. Vincent at 1:48 a.m.