Medcenter One rings in the New Year with four new babies. But, of course, only one gets to go home as the first baby of 2012. While January 1st will always be a special day for this year's newborn, the date is even more special for his parents.
It was only a couple of minutes into the New Year, when Heidi Czerwiec and Evan Nelson got one of the most important phone call of their lives. The woman, carrying their son, was heading to the hospital with contractions.
"Well we made coffee," Nelson said.
"Made lots of coffee. We already had everything packed up and ready to go and so, we were out the door pretty quickly, but not fast enough," said Czerwiec.
The couple jumped into their car at their home in Grand Forks and started their four hour journey to Bismarck, hoping this would be the day they would meet their adopted son.
"Two weeks ago we had, our birth mother, had some pre-labor contractions and we were thinking maybe it was birth and we got a call then at midnight, kind of a general theme, and we drove out here and so that was great we knew we had everything ready," said Nelson. "We could make it here in four hours."
"Despite not going home with the baby at that time, at least we knew we had a good trial run," said Czerwiec.
This four hour trip to Bismarck was entirely different than the first. There were no false alarms this time.
"We kept getting texts from the birth mom's birth coach who was saying yeah she is ready to go and half an hour later she is already pushing and then less than an hour after we got the call, 'He's here. Here is pictures'," said Czerwiec.
Baby Wyatt was born at 12:52 am making him, not just, the first baby of the New Year at Medcenter One in Bismarck, but the first baby of the 2012 in North Dakota.
"It was a really good experience," Czerwiec said. "The more people that are there that love him the better. So it was good."
Heidi and Evan made it to the hospital around 5 o'clock Sunday morning. The new parents say they've had a hard time keeping their eyes off their new bundle of joy.