The New Year brought new life to Howard University Hospital as three babies were born Jan. 1. to three local couples.

Amir Christopher Walley was the first, born at 2 a.m. to Christopher Walley, 23, and Chanel Jackson, 20. It was the couple’s first baby. He weighed 6 lbs. and 15 oz.

Bella Alice Novoa, all 6 lbs and 1 oz. of her, was born next at 3:45 p.m. to Marcella Novoa Sandoval, 25, and Jorge Rodezno, 30.

The last birth was Marcel Johnson Jr., born at 7:36 p.m. to Marcel Johnson Sr., 23, and Ashley Johnson, 22. He was the largest baby, weighing 7 lbs. and 4 oz. It was Ashley Johnson’s second child.