MILFORD >> Derby residents Karena Bennett and her partner Elder Morroquin weren’t thinking about a New Year’s Baby when they arrived at Milford Hospital in the late afternoon of Dec. 30, 2014.

But their first child, a son, had his own plans. Little Damon Elder Morroquin did not make his debut on New Year’s Eve or even New Year’s Day. Instead he waited until Jan. 2, 10:40 a.m., to arrive as Milford’s first baby of 2015 at Milford Hospital.

“He was a little stubborn and he wanted his own holiday,” said Damon’s proud mother.

Bennett, who was induced with little effect on Wednesday, said rather than celebrating New Year’s with a new baby, they enjoyed a quiet celebration awaiting his arrival with her family in the Milford Hospital Family Childbirth Center. Damon’s proud grandmother, Janet Rindos Prokop, added, “we had takeout dinner and toasted with sparkling cider.”

Though he kept his parents waiting until Jan. 2, Damon was actually an early arrival. He was not due until Jan. 6. The newborn weighed in at 8 pounds, 13 ounces and is 21 ¾ inches long.

While they reside in Derby, “Milford is home” according to Bennett who met Marroquin when they worked together at a Shelton restaurant. “I am from Milford, I trust Milford Hospital, my doctor’s are fantastic and I wanted my son to born here.” In fact, Damon is the third generation within his family to be born at Milford Hospital. He joins both his mother and his grandmother, Rindos Prokop, who was also beaming at his side.

The excitement over his birth didn’t seem to faze the newborn at all as he slept quietly in his mother arms, surrounded by his dad, grandparents and their Family Childbirth Center caregivers.