SOMERVILLE, NJ - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset welcomed Eloise Claire Jasina as Somerset County’s first baby of 2017 on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 6:08 p.m.

Weighing 6 pounds, 7 ounces, she is the daughter of Alyson and Phil Jasina of Flemington; Eloise is 20 inches long and, according to her father, has a full set of lungs.

"She came out screaming," said the father as his less-than-one-day old daughter proved his point during a brief phone conversation. Wife Alyson was being tended to by the nurses in the maternity ward after her Caesarean delivery and was unable to come to the phone.

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The parents, both of whom are 28, live in Three Bridges in Hunterdon County.The couple was married in 2013. Eloise is their first child.

Eloise was delivered via Cesarean section by obstetrician/gynecologist Alyssa Horowitz, MD.

"We were hoping to do everything naturally but things were not progressing quickly enough so they had to do the C-section, Jasina explained.

The couple chose not to know the gender of their baby prior to delivery. 

"We wanted to be surprised," he said.

That also means the nursery at home has been painted a gender-neutral yellow.

"We've got everything all set up," he added.

"This has all been so great, it's just a thrill, getting all the stuff down, changing, cleaning, first child and all," Jasina said.

Both sets of grandparents were on hand for the birth of their granddaughter.

"It's just so exciting, everyone at the hospital has been so great, the know we're first-time parents and we need guidance, they're giving us all kinds of tips and recommendations."

Jasina, a police officer in Basking Ridge plans to stay home for the next three weeks to spend as much time with his daughter as possible. His wife expects to be home with Eloise for the next two months before she returns to work at ETS in Ewing.

There will be help from relatives as the family gets settled in to their new routine, including Jasina's mother, Melanie Jasina, an Emergency Room nurse at RWJUH/Somerset who had been checking in on a regular basis with her daughter-in-law and son prior to delivery.

Now that Eloise has arrived, Grandma doesn't have far to go to visit her new granddaughter.