Many people across the country probably brought in the New Years by celebrating with friends and family, while also waiting to see the clock hit midnight, but one family brought in the New Years by bringing in a new life.
“When I put it out to all of our family, I’m like well, since we didn’t have any New Year’s Eve plans this year, we just decided we go have a baby,” Katie Glines said with a smile.
Glines gave birth to her daughter Madison Marie, the first baby to be born in Bismarck at Sanford Health, a little after three in the morning.
“First baby on the first of the year,” she said.
It was a big surprise for the first time mother given Madison was due more than a week later.
“Very unexpected. We were out shopping. I had a couple of things to do. We were eating lunch and all of a sudden I was like I think something is happening here. It just started and it happened quick,” Glines said.
It happened so quick that Grandma Linda Hengel couldn’t make it in time to meet her granddaughter once she was born.
“I was a little upset that I couldn’t make it, but I made a flying trip this morning,” Hengel said.
It was a long journey for Katie and Scott to get to this point. There were some concerns about Madison’s health during the pregnancy.
“Lots of doctors appointments towards the end,” Glines said. “We went in 2-3 times a week. Just always the what if, wonder of what we were going to get. But, she came out super healthy, so we are very fortunate.”
Once she was able to hold Madison that journey was all worth it.
“I knew what we were up against but we’re ready.”
And with a family of all girls, Grandma Linda is already asking her daughter, when is she going to have another one.
Sanford Health also finished the year with a bang. The hospital delivered more 1200 births this year – a record number.