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Olmsted's first 2017 baby arrived a day early

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Whatever young Bryson Dale Hershberger does in the future, it can always be said he has an impeccable sense of timing.

Bryson, the newborn son of Levi and Amanda Hershberger, of Stewarville, was delivered at 12:41 a.m. Sunday — the first baby born in 2017 in Olmsted County.

"He came a little early," said Bryson's tired mom Sunday afternoon in her room at the Olmsted Medical Center BirthCenter . Bryson was originally expected on Jan. 7, Amanda said. Then, after a recent ultrasound, his due date was moved up to Jan. 2.

"I was anxious and my nerves set in during the last week," Amanda said. When Levi drove her to the hospital Saturday morning, Amanda at first wasn't sure if this was it. "I said, 'I hope they don't send me back home," she said. Then, when it was obvious this was indeed delivery time, Bryson apparently decided he'd make a grand appearance in the first hour of New Year's Day.

Amanda's reaction when she first held her son? "Tears of joy," she said.

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And dad Levi's reaction to being in the delivery room for the birth? "It was an experience," he said.

Bryson weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces at birth, and has dark hair, just like his father.

Meanwhile, the Hershberger home has been made ready for the new arrival. "The nursery is all done and his toys are all bought," Amanda said. "We were hoping for a Christmas baby, but a New Year's baby is good, too."

When Bryson goes home, he'll be introduced to the rest of the family: two dogs and a cat. He is the first child for the Hershbergers.

Just missing out on being the first baby born in 2017 in Olmsted County was Adelyn Jane Jensen, who was delivered at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus , at 12:47 a.m. Sunday. The proud parents are Laura Brandt and Jeff Jensen. Adelyn weighed 5 pounds, 9 ounces at birth.

By the way, according to the website babycenter.com , the most popular baby names in 2016 were Jackson, Aiden, Lucas, Liam and Noah for boys, and Sophia, Emma, Olivia, Ava and Mia for girls. Perhaps Bryson and Adelyn will start a new trend for 2017.

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