Jovan Taylor, 15, of Lehigh, picked up his cell phone and opened up a photo of his new niece, the first baby born in Lee County in 2014.
"She's really very pretty, very unique," he said with a smile.
Eight-day-old Rosabella Beline Hines was born about four hours after midnight on January 1 at Health park Medical Center in Fort Myers. Her parents are Decarius Hines and Lissa Georges. Both are in their early 20s and this is their first child, Taylor said of his new niece.
Rosabella Beline Hines, of Lehigh Acres, the first baby born in Lee County in 2014.
Rosabella weighed in at seven pounds and four ounces and she measured 21 inches when she was born at 4:02 a.m.
Later, the media was allowed to visit the mom and dad and their new baby and photographers were snapping photos and reporters were interviewing the new mom and dad.
Hines, the new dad, couldn't have been more proud.
"God blessed us with this child," he said "I'm happy that this is my daughter, my flesh and blood," he said.
A photo of him standing over a table minutes after the baby was born was snapped along with another of the baby and both photos were posted on his Facebook.
The baby was not supposed to be a New Year's baby, said his mother, Lissa Georges. She said Rosabella was supposed to be born on the 27th of December.
Mom Lissa said she went to work on the last day of December and during the day, she noticed that her contractions had begun.
The couple wasted no time and rushed to HealthPark Medical Center and Rosabella was born C-section not too long afterwards.
Georges said she was tired, but also anxious and excited.
The name Rosabella was chosen because it means "beautiful rose," the couple told reporters.
As for as her middle name of "Belene," it is a combination of two names: Georges' aunt and grandmother, Yolene and Belzina, who she said was her family in her native Haiti.
But when the massive earthquake hit the island in 2010, both were killed.
Decarius and Lissa first met at East Lee High School in Lehigh, and were a couple ever since, they said.
Smiling, Decarius said he thought they would wait five or ten years for another child.
Decarius said Rosabella and her mother are doing well.
"I'm blessed; this woman stuck by me, Decarius said.
"The baby has a part of each of us." Lissa noted that the baby's nose is her father's and her forehead was hers.
"She loves to sleep and she's like us, stubborn, Georges said.
The infant's teen-aged uncle was as happy as his brother, the father of Rosabella.
"She really is beautiful and unique," he said.