But around 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 31, she and boyfriend Carlos M. Ramirez realized they couldn't wait.
"We arrived at the hospital at 11:58 p.m.," she said. "Then we said 'Happy New Year' while I had contractions."
The birth was bittersweet for the mother after the death of her first child.
"This is the hospital where I had my first born," said de la Torre, who lives in Los Angeles with Ramirez. "Everybody has been really nice and supportive, and I wanted to come back here."
The parents barely finished painting the room last week, thinking they still had a few days before their son arrived.
When asked if Javier would be the next sports star, great artist or mathematician, his parents decided it would be all of the above.
Javier shares his father's middle name, Manuel, and his first name shares a surprising connection with the title of Burbank's New Year baby.
"I looked up his name, and it unexpectedly means 'born in January,'" de la Torre said. "It's like it was meant to be."