WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (KRON) – The first baby born in the Bay Area in 2023 appears to be a baby boy born at Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek Medical Center just after midnight on Jan. 1, 2023. Kaiser Permanente Spokesman Karl Sonkin said the boy was born at 12:06 a.m.

The adorable bundle of joy was named Ezekiel Laviolette, born to Allison and Eric Laviolette of Pleasant Hill. According to Sonkin, Baby Ezekiel is the Laviolettes’ first child, and they are very proud. The little guy weighed in at 7 pounds 9 ounces of cuteness, and according to hospital officials, baby and mother are both doing well.

Barely edged out by Baby Ezekiel, Baby Nylashae was born at 12:16 a.m. on Sunday at El Camino Health. Baby Nylashae and her parents, Tai Bass, 30, and Kirby Nelson, 31 are all doing well.

El Camino Health shared snaps of beautiful Baby Nylashae’s first photoshoot, which included some members of her care team. The medical staff crowned Bass with a tiara after the birth and toasted the family with some sparkling apple cider to celebrate the new year.

Sabrina Auvah, Stephanie Xu and Grace Pope with Baby Nylashae and her parents Tai Bass and Kirby Nelson (Photo courtesy of El Camino Health and Baby Nylashae’s family)

Sonkin said two other births occurred early in 2023 at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center, with one baby born at 12:20 a.m. and another just after, at 12:21 a.m.


At least two other Bay Area babies were born in the first hour of the new year. A baby was born at North Bay Center for Women’s Health in Fairfield at 12:32 a.m., and a baby boy was delivered at 12:34 a.m. at Marin General Hospital, according to the charge nurses at both locations.