A girl born Tuesday to a Kulm, N.D., couple is the first New Year's Day birth in seven years at Jamestown Regional Medical Center.
Julia Bushard, 8 pounds, 15 ounces, was born at 9:43 a.m. to Brianna Rosewaren and Jaydenle Bushard. Her birth weight was a bit of a surprise as the estimate from a previous appointment was about 7 pounds, 2 ounces, Rosewaren said.
"She has been sleeping a lot today," Rosewaren said Wednesday. "I think it's because she's now actually getting full."
The couple knew the baby was going to be a girl because Rosewaren said she couldn't resist knowing. Baby Julia is 21 inches long, with her chest and head measuring at 14 inches, she said.
"She's a very normal baby," Rosewaren said.
The name Julia came from Bushard. He liked the name and the baby is not named for anyone, he said.
Mother and baby are scheduled to be released Thursday. The only concern is some molding on the baby's head to be sure it will disappear naturally.
Grandparents Rob and Sandy Bushard said they look forward to spending time with their new granddaughter back in Kulm.
"This is not our first grandchild, but we are excited," Sandy Bushard said. "We were hoping for a little earlier birth than when she came, but it was pretty awesome that she was the New Year's baby."
As the New Year baby the couple was given a basket of gifts. The baby also received a white blanket made by hospital volunteer Hazel Scott, who hand-knits about 200 baby blankets each year.
Rosewaren, 18, graduated high school in 2018 and plans to study preschool education.
Bushard, 20, works at his family's chicken farm.
The couple said they were fortunate that they were already in Jamestown for Rosewaren's eye appointment on Monday. Her contractions grew in frequency around 3:30 p.m. and the couple went to JRMC, where she was admitted and gave birth after laboring overnight.
The contractions started days earlier with less severity but Rosewaren canceled appointments because the roads weren't yet plowed because of the strong winds, she said. There were still patches of drifts on Monday but the couple drove slow and stayed behind semi trucks the whole way in, she said.
"There were no travel advisories and the first responders would not have been able to get through," Rosewaren said. "Monday was my original due date."
That appointment was serendipitous for the birth, said Emily Woodley, the Family BirthPlace manager. Labor for a first-time birth typically takes a little longer, she said.
Rosewaren's doctor is Rachel Wanzek, M.D., and Justin Rosenau, M.D., delivered the baby as the on-call physician on Tuesday. Both are family practice physicians with Sanford Health Jamestown.
The last baby born at JRMC on New Year's Day was Lilah Jane Flory, born to Ilana Xinos and Sean Flory of Jamestown on Jan. 1, 2012.
There were 369 babies born at JRMC in 2018, which is about 10 percent more than the 333 births in 2017, Woodley said. There were 318 births at JRMC in 2016, preceded by 347 in 2015, and before that there were 336 in 2014, according to the BirthCenter.
The most popular boy names for newborns at JRMC were Connor, Easton, James and Jack, given to babies four times each in 2018, said Katie Ryan-Anderson, JRMC marketing manager. The most popular girl names were Emma, given five times; Madelyn, four times; and Adalyn, three times.