SHE waited two weeks beyond her due date to arrive -- and then was born just five seconds after the clock struck midnight.
Emily Duff became the first baby of 2014 to be born in Ireland when she arrived at the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin, to proud parents to Brian and Monica Duff.
Brian, from Griffith Avenue in Drumcondra, said he is "a very proud dad" but was stunned to find out that Emily was the first baby of the year.
"It's a great thrill to have a healthy baby. She's really amazing, a lovely little kid.
"She looks just like her older sister Michelle, who is three and a half," he told the Irish Independent.
Brian and Monica were surprised to discover that Emily would go down as the first born Irish baby of 2014.
"Our main focus was pain management. We just dismissed the whole idea of time.
"We just wanted to have a safe delivery and a healthy baby.
"We are in complete surprise that she held on into the New Year."
Emily was actually due more than two weeks ago, on December 17, and is the couple's third baby. She was born naturally and weighed 8lbs 1oz.
Daddy Duff thanked the midwife and the rest of the staff at the hospital, who he described as "fantastic".
Emily was just one of 10 New Year babies born at the National Maternity Hospital yesterday morning.
The second baby of 2014 was born just a few seconds later at the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital in Dublin.
Eloise Browne was born 20 seconds after midnight to parents Owen and Eugenia Lomax-Browne from Firhouse, Co Dublin.
The couple's second little girl was born by Caesarian section and weighed in at 6lbs 8oz.
Eloise wasn't due until January 27, but her parents said they were "over the moon" when they learned she was one of the first babies of the New Year.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, her mother Monica said: "She's 26 days early, so I wasn't expecting this at all. But she's healthy, and we're happy, so that's more important.
"We never thought she would be born so early.
"We noticed it was getting close to the New Year, and realised we might have a 2014 baby."
Eloise's father Owen couldn't believe it when he got the call that his wife had gone into labour just a couple of hours before the New Year. The couple were looking forward to introducing their new daughter to Rebecca, her two-year-old sister.
At 14 minutes into the new year, Aiying Chen gave birth to her third baby in the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin.
Aiying is originally from China, and has yet to pick a name for her new baby boy, who weighed in at 7lbs 3oz.
In Galway, the first baby was born at 18 minutes past midnight.
Aissatou Bah gave birth to her second baby at Galway University Hospital. The little girl, who has yet to be given a name, weighed 8lbs.
Baby Dylan was born two minutes before 2am at Cork University Maternity Hospital to mother and father Lorna and David Cotter from Castlemartyr. Dylan is the couple's first baby and weighed 8lbs 4oz.
He was one of eight babies delivered at the hospital yesterday morning.
Two more babies were delivered at South Tipperary General Hospital. Denise Cavanagh from Carrick-on-Suir had her second child at 4.15am, while Amanda Cashin from Thurles gave birth to her first baby boy at 5.29am.
Both mothers are still deciding on names for their new deliveries.