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Published January 01 2013

VIDEO: Meet Lylah Ray Wegscheid, first F-M baby of 2013

FARGO – The ball had dropped, the toasts had been toasted and it was time for the expectant couple to leave the New Year’s Eve party and go home – or so they thought.

For their baby, the party was just getting started.

At about 12:45 a.m., Amelia Wegscheid stood up to go to the bathroom, “and it felt like a water balloon went off inside.”

“It was so crazy,” she said. “The best part is just that everybody thought I was joking, because everyone said, ‘No, you can’t, you can’t have your baby tonight.’ ”

But the baby girl was coming a week earlier than her due date. And unless mom wanted to drive herself to the hospital from the party at her parents’ neighbors’ place in West Fargo, she needed a sober ride.

“Luckily, my brother’s girlfriend had not had anything to drink, so I didn’t have to drive myself,” she said, laughing, “and she did great getting us here.”

At 4:37 a.m., Essentia Health delivered the metro area’s first baby of 2013: Lylah Ray Wegscheid, 20½ inches long and weighing 7 pounds, 2 ounces.

“This is our little princess,” the proud mother said Tuesday afternoon with a cheery glow despite going on 30 hours with no sleep.

Lylah is the first child for Amelia Wegscheid, a 22-year-old nurse at Essentia’s clinic in West Fargo, and Tim Wegscheid, a 26-year-old art teacher at Eastwood and South elementary schools in West Fargo. She’s also the first grandchild for both of their parents.

“She’s going to be a spoiled little one,” Tim Wegscheid said.

The girl’s middle name is a nod to Amelia Wegscheid’s grandfather, who died Dec. 22.

“He was very dear to us,” she said.

Lylah had tried to make an early entrance once before, when Amelia Wegscheid experienced contractions on the day after Thanksgiving. She was put on bed rest, and “ever since then, we thought she was never going to come. She was quite stubborn,” she said.

“We were shocked that she came last night,” she added.

Learning that Lylah was the metro’s first baby of the New Year was “really cool,” she said.

“We had no idea. Being it was almost five o’clock this morning, we thought, oh, no way, someone else probably had it at 12:05 or something,” she said. “And no, we were the first, so we were very excited.”

Essentia Health gave the new parents a gift bag stocked with diapers, a piggy bank, a photo album and frames, washcloths and towels and a blanket. And, even though it was after hours, a lullaby was pumped through the hospital’s sound system to celebrate the new arrival.

The Wegscheids, who were married in August 2011, said they didn’t know if a diaper supply or other gifts were coming from elsewhere as they have for past New Year’s babies.

“We’re just happy she’s here,” the new mom said. “We don’t care about anything else.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike Nowatzki at (701) 241-5528