It took a little longer than usual, but St. Alexius Hospital lays claim to Bismarck`s first baby of the New Year. The Mickelsens weren’t expecting their baby on New Year’s Day and especially not the first one born in Bismarck for 2013.
(Ashley Mickelsen, Mother): "I didn’t think it would happen because I wasn’t due until the 10th.”
(Alex Hagan): Ashley and Adam Mickelsen already have a daughter, Kennedy, whose birthday is on January 31. They now have a birthday to celebrate at the beginning and end of the month.
(Ashley): "It’s exciting! Kennedy is happy to be a big sister and I guess we know what we’re doing with girls.”
(Alex Hagan): Kambree came in at seven pounds, one ounce at 1:39 p.m. The family is looking forward to future celebrations every New Year's Day.
(Adam Mickelsen, Father): "It’s going to be good for her, I mean she`s going to have a really awesome birthday every year.”
(Alex Hagan): The Mickelsens are from Kenmare. They traveled all the way to St. Alexius Hospital because of the great relationship Ashley had with her doctor.
(Adam): "We've been down here for the last week and a half, so we missed Christmas. So as soon as we get home, we’ll celebrate Christmas and go on from there.”
(Alex Hagan): Once Ashley and baby Kambree are released from the hospital; they plan to head back home.
Sanford Hospital`s first baby of the year came about half an hour later.
Alex Hagan, Reporting