AUGUSTA — Brooke Brann was working at Texas Roadhouse on New Year’s Eve when her son, Shiloh, soon to become central Maine’s first baby of 2024, made it clear he was on his way.

Brooke Brann is seen holding her new son, Shiloh, at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta. Shiloh was born at 9:31 a.m. Monday, New Year’s Day, making him central Maine’s first baby of 2024. Photo courtesy of MaineGeneral Medical Center

About 14 hours after having to leave her shift at the Augusta restaurant, Brann gave birth to Shiloh at MaineGeneral Medical Center the next morning, making him the region’s first baby of the new year.

Brann, 29, of West Gardiner, said Tuesday that Shiloh was doing great, despite coming five weeks earlier than his due date.

Shiloh was born at 9:31 a.m. Monday, New Year’s Day. He weighed 5 pounds, 6 ounces, and measured 18.5 inches long. He does not have any brothers or sisters.

He was not Maine’s first baby of 2024, as a baby was born at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor at 12:21 a.m. Monday.

Brann usually works as manager at the Quarry Tap Room, but the Hallowell restaurant and pub is closed due to damage from the recent Kennebec River flooding. So she took a job working at Texas Roadhouse in the meantime. She was working there New Year’s Eve when, around 7:30 p.m., her water broke.

Speaking from the hospital Tuesday, Brann said she felt phenomenal and wanted to be with Shiloh, who was still in the hospital’s nursery, all the time. She said New Year’s celebrations will now be extra special with Shiloh’s birthday.

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