Born at 12:19 a.m., Jan. 1, little Jose Louis Hermida, III, is one of Houston's first babies born in 2018 at Children's Memorial Hermann.

He was four days early, arriving just in time for the New Year.

“No, I wasn't expecting it," Jose's mother Flor Bernal said.

It was a late night out for the little guy. Little Jose rang in the New Year as the life of the party.

“I thought he wasn't going to make it at midnight. I thought he was going to be around 1 a.m. or 2 a.m.,” Bernal said.

“There's so many babies that are born that it's just kind of shocking," said Jose Hermida, Jr., Jose's father.

Early Monday morning, Jose was already wide awake - all 6 pounds, 11 ounces.

“I'm, like, just so happy that he's here with us in 2018," Bernal said.

His 1-year-old sister, Anahi, was patiently waiting for him. He's even already got a nickname.

“I guess we'll call him 'Pollito,'" Hermida said.

His daddy's nickname is "Pollo," which means "chicken," so of course Jose is "little chicken."

“My dad, he always called me 'Pollo,' all his friends did and my friends, so that's how it happened," Hermida said.

Nickname or not, this little baby already has a big story to tell.

“It was just an unbelievable day. We were just waiting to see if he was going to be one of the last babies of 2017 or one of the first babies of 2018," Hermida said.

Mom and baby are doing fine. They hope to go home Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Texas Children's Pavilion for Women welcomed its first baby of 2018. Mom Suzanna Astrich, dad Jordan Astrich and big brother Elijah Astrich welcomed 7-pound, 5-ounce Theodore Sage Astrich at 12:27 a.m. Jan. 1.

Theodore Sage Astrich