COLUMBUS — Ashley Drake was in for a New Year's surprise.

The celebration to usher in 2018 was winding down, so she decided to go to sleep. As she was about to get under the covers, her water broke.

The Columbus woman wasn’t due until Jan. 12, but her baby had other ideas.

Drake went to Columbus Community Hospital, arriving around 1:30 Monday morning. More than 14 hours of labor later, she welcomed her first baby into the world.

Talia Johnston was born at 3:45 p.m. on New Year’s Day, making her the first baby delivered at CCH in 2018.

Though she came a few days earlier than expected, Drake was ready.

“We had everything waiting for her, we just needed her,” Drake said Tuesday afternoon while holding her sleeping child wrapped in a white and pink, polka-dotted blanket.

Even the baby’s name was picked out well in advance.

“I’ve had her name decided for months. I’ve always loved that name,” Drake said.

Talia weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 18 1/4 inches. She was delivered by Dr. Jon Kroenke.

For being the New Year’s baby, mom and daughter got a few gifts, including a baby outfit, piggy bank and certificate for a handmade quilt or blanket from the hospital’s gift shop.

Talia is the first of many children who will be born at CCH this year. In 2017, there were 637 babies delivered at the local hospital.

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