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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – It’s a tradition at Women and Infants Hospital to send Christmas babies home in stockings–after all, a baby is the best gift Santa can bring.
Lauren Bovis gave birth to Hercules Bovis on Christmas Eve; 5 pounds 10 ounces, 9 and 3/4 inches, and two weeks early. His due date was Jan. 8.
“It’s a Christmas miracle,” Bovis said. She and Hercules’ dad Tom Bovis plan to call him Harry.
Tom Bovis immigrated from Greece more than 50 years ago, and kept a family name going by naming the baby Hercules.
“This is my first, at my age,” he said. Bovis is 57. “It was a thrill, and the best Christmas ever.”
The Bovis’ fell in love four years ago and opened a Providence Italian restaurant called Rosalina. It’s named after Lauren’s 7-year-old daughter Rosalina–Harry’s new big sister.
“He’s cute!” Rosalina exclaimed, wearing her Christmas party dress in her mom’s hospital bed. “You’re a present,” she said affectionately to baby Harry. She shyly admitted that she had been wishing for a little sister, but added: “I’m fine with a boy!”
Snug in his Women and Infants Christmas stocking (no coal to be found) and wearing the tiniest Santa hat, Harry yawned and stretched. His parents plan to raise him on lots of Greek and Italian food in Cranston.
Every year on Christmas, they’ll be celebrating his birthday and remembering the holiday when they brought him into the world.
“It’s a special Christmas we’ll always remember,” Tom Bovis said.
Baby Harry will go home to Cranston on Saturday.