Brittany Weiss' New Year's resolution was to have a happy and healthy baby girl.

At 1:12 a.m. Sunday, that wish came true for the New Milford resident.

Her daughter, Jehsinia Weiss, came into the world as New Milford Hospital's first baby of 2011.

At 5 pounds, 14 ounces, the tiny, 19.5-inch-long beauty instantly won her mother's heart.

"It's incredible. It's amazing how I instantly fell in love with her," said Ms. Weiss, 21, of her firstborn. "I can't stop looking at her."

Ms. Weiss' due date was Jan. 11, but during the evening on New Year's Day, she started going into labor.

"I'd had this feeling that she wasn't going to make it to the due date," the new mother recalled Monday, "but I wasn't sure. I was on my way to the hospital New Year's Day for testing to make sure she was all right. Then, as I got in the car, my water broke."

Jehsinia was delivered six hours later by C-section.

"I think she wanted to make a splash in the world," said Ms. Weiss, a University of Connecticut senior. "She's already accommodating my schedule. The semester ended just two weeks ago."

Dorothy Christman, the public relations coordinator for New Milford Hospital, noted how exciting an event the first baby of the year is for the hospital's birthing center staff.

"It's always an exciting time for us," she noted. "Our birthing staff is very committed to all the moms and babies that come in. But, of course, the first baby of the year is always special."

Following its long "first baby" tradition, the Woman's Club of Greater New Milford provided Ms. Weiss and her daughter with an array of gifts donated by businesses throughout the New Milford area.

Ms. Weiss plans to complete her degree at UConn and begin a career in athletic training.

She declined to give the name of her "significant other," who is Jehsinia's father.