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Manitoba's New Year's baby born to Steinbach parents in Winnipeg

Congratulations, Manitoba, it's a girl. The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority says the province's New Year's baby was born about half an hour after midnight early Monday morning, and she and the parents are doing just fine.

Baby Willow was born at 12:33 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2018

Sheldon and Kathy Wiens show off Willow, who was born at 12:33 a.m. Jan. 1, 2018. (Elisha Dacey/CBC)

Congratulations, Manitoba, it's a girl.

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority says the province's New Year's baby was born about half an hour after midnight early Monday morning, and she and the parents are doing just fine.

The young girl's name is Willow, and she was born at 12:33 a.m. weighing in at a healthy seven pounds, 13 ounces.

Steinbach parents Kathy and Sheldon Wiens said Willow is healthy and happy, and so is mom.

"I did not think she would be the New Year's Baby," said Kathy. 

"Thought she wouldn't make it to midnight," added Sheldon.

"I didn't think so either," Kathy chimed in. "It's pretty cool."

Baby Willow was due on Jan. 10 but decided to arrive a few weeks early, said Kathy. The pair drove to the Women's Hospital at Health Sciences Centre at about noon Dec. 31. "I was here about 12 and a half hours, and then she was born."

Willow is the youngest of four for the pair, who have two other girls and one boy.

Family had packed the room when media arrived on Monday.

"Very happy, very proud," said Sheldon, adding he will never let Willow forget she was the New Year's baby.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elisha Dacey

Journalist

Elisha Dacey was a journalist with CBC Manitoba. She is the former managing editor of Metro Winnipeg and her work has been seen in newspapers from coast to coast.

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