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 Monday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2014. There are 100 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation. 1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.