Celebrating New Year’s Eve at a cousin’s house, Nene Balde joked that the hot pepper could send her into labor.
Five minutes later, she told her husband Abdul Diallo to head to the hospital.
A few hours later, as the ball dropped on television, a doctor checked the mother and began to prepare for a Cesearian to welcome the first baby born in Gwinnett in 2014.
“At midnight, I said ‘Happy New Year,’ but at the time we were thinking about the operating room,” Diallo said of the holiday at Gwinnett Medical Center.
At 1:54 a.m., the couple had their own little noisemaker with which to celebrate the new year.
“God blessed us with a daughter, and we are excited,” the happy father said.
At 8 pounds, 12 ounces, the baby girl is actually smaller at birth than her big brother Boubacor, 9, and big sister Fatima, 5, were. But she was the only one to come as a middle-of-the-night surprise, as she was due to come during a scheduled C-section Friday and share a birthday with her sister.
For the Suwanee family, New Year’s Day was spent consulting with local family members to determine the name, although a tradition in their West African culture means it will not be announced for a week.
On the other side of the Atlantic, the baby’s grandparents will soon prepare for a naming ceremony to celebrate the arrival.
“It involves uniting the two families,” Diallo said of the ceremony, which includes the sacrifice of a goat or a lamb, in their native Republic of Guinea. “We want to give (the grandparents) that respect. Any big event in our life, we want to get them involved.”
Diallo said the baby’s name will be placed on hospital paperwork, but no one else will know until after the ceremony.
“For now, we’ll call her Princess Diallo,” he said with a laugh.