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Couple Celebrates First New Year's Baby

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With any New Year's celebration, there could always be a few surprises, and that was certainly the case for one couple.

Tim and Amelia Wegscheid rang in the new year with a special baby.

Amelia says that their new baby caught them off guard. She says, "She came as quite a surprise. She tried to come the day after Thanksgiving, and ever since they stopped the contractions, she's just been a stinker."

The Wegscheid's were at a New Year's Eve party with some neighbors when Amelia's water broke. It was odd because there were plenty of jokes about not having a baby that night.

"And everyone thought I was kidding. I'm like no for real," says Amelia. At that point the rush to the hospital became reality.

Amelia says, "Yes, we did run a red light, and we did speed. I'm sorry."

Just hours later, Lylah Ray came into the world at 4:37 a.m. weighing 7 lbs. 2 oz. with a full head of hair.

But that was not the only surprise for the Wegscheid's.

Amelia says, "We asked if anyone had the first baby yet, and we thought well jeez, if we're here and we're gonna do this, might as well be the first ones."

They were the first ones in the Fargo-Moorhead area, beating out proud parents at Sanford by more than an hour.

It is a new experience for them. "No idea what we're doing, but we're so excited," says Amelia.

It is one that will include some time off of work right away and at least one big celebration in 2014. Amelia says, "We'll just have to celebrate in honor of her on New Year's Eve, and then New Year's Day is her day."

Plus, there will be countless years of the couple being able to watch Lylah be able to meet all the milestones every parent dreams to have their child meet.

The Wegscheid's expect to be able to head home Wednesday.

In case you are wondering about a little hospital competition, the previous two years, Sanford had the first New Year's babies.

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