BETTENDORF -- Harlow Eryn Armer made a bold, early entrance into the world Tuesday, becoming a star in the process.
Harlow, the infant daughter of Aaron and Jennifer Armer, of Davenport, was the first baby born in the Quad-Cities in 2013, arriving at 12:17 a.m. Arriving 11 days early of her Jan. 12 due date, she weighed in at 7.4 lbs and was 20.5 inches long.
Ms. Armer said she went into labor Monday morning and arrived at Trinity Bettendorf about 5 p.m. Not long after the New Year's countdown, Harlow was born.
"We wanted her to arrive in 2012, but we are happy she has finally made her appearance," Ms. Armer said while holding Harlow in her hospital room with Mr. Armer next to her side.
"I did not think, last year on New Year's Eve, I would be here, giving birth to her this New Year's Eve," she said. "We are so happy she is here."
Harlow's name was chosen because it is one the couple liked. Her middle name is the same as her dad's, just with a different spelling.
The infant was calm, even when the room was filled with reporters and camera equipment. She laidswaddled in a blanket, her eyes closed and her hands held close to her face.
"She has been quiet since we got her," Ms. Armer said.
The couple moved to Davenport in February. In 12 weeks, Ms. Armer said she will return to work in property management at the Springs in Bettendorf. Mr. Armer is the bar manager at Buffalo Wild Wings in Davenport.
News of Harlow's arrival, complete with photo, already was on Facebook Tuesday afternoon, thanks to her maternal grandmother, Kim Hall.
"She is already famous," Ms. Hall said about her first grandchild. "Happy New Year. I am very, very happy."
Ms. Armer said it was surprising to learn Harlow was the first baby born in 2013 in the Quad-Cities.
"Even at 12:17 a.m., we thought someone would have beat us," she said.
The couple hopes the "first" distinction is a sign of good luck.
"It is a new year," said Ms. Armer. "We have a new baby and, hopefully, good luck for the future."
Today is Sunday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2013. There are 23 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: For the whole of last week we have been favored with the most delightful Indian summer weather, and mercury ranging from 40 to 65 above zero. The river is entirely clear of ice and looks as mild and soft as summer. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Albert Johnson was appointed a deputy in the circuit clerk's office. 1913 -- 100 years ago: 800 or more tons of earth in six landslides covered 38th Street for a distance of 200 feet near 7th Avenue and destroyed much property. 1938 -- 75 years ago: One of the 350-foot towers, which with a new transmitter will increase the power of WHBF to 1,000 watts day and night, has been completed on a 20-acre tract at 23rd Avenue and 51st Street, Moline. 1963 -- 50 years ago: In cooperation with The Associated Press, The Argus presents to its readers a complete, beginning-to-end account of one of the most tragic and dreadful chapters in American history, the assassination of President Kennedy, available in book form, and now in preparation. The book is entitled "The Torch is Passed." 1988 -- 25 years ago: Deere & Co. stockholders received good news of a boost in their quarterly dividends from 20 to 30 cents per share of common stock. The dividend, made to stockholders of record on Dec. 30, will be payable on Feb. 1, 1989.