Tori Elizabeth Freed, weighing in at 6 pounds, 6 ounces, was the first baby of the year to be born at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian.
She was born two minutes after midnight and two weeks ahead of schedule, said father Dan Freed, 40, in a telephone interview from the hospital.
"We weren't prepared. We figured we had at least a couple of weeks," said Freed, whose wife, Kari, 38, wasn't expecting to give birth until Jan. 15. "We were just relaxing at home, watching the ball drop at Times Square and watching everybody celebrate New Year's in New York."