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First baby of the New Year arrives just in time

Maria (left) and James Mayfield snuggled their baby girl, Katelynn Marie, born J1 / 2
Katelynn Marie Mayfield was the first baby of the New Year in Crow Wing County. 2 / 2

With at least 11 expectant mothers due to deliver between Dec. 30 and Jan. 3, there was bound to be a New Year’s baby in the Brainerd lakes area.

And there was — Katelynn Marie Mayfield was born at 12:55 a.m. to Maria and James Mayfield of Brainerd.

Maria said she and her husband arrived at Essentia Health’s St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd at 9 p.m., and Katelynn arrived just less than four hours later with no complications. “I thought it would be a lot longer than that,” Maria said.

Maria’s actual due date was New Year’s Day and she said she was excited to have Katelynn arrived right on time.

Katelynn joins her big brother Colton, 14 months, who mom said still isn’t quite sure what he thinks about his new baby sister.

“He did give her a big hug when we were taking a family photo,” James said.

So far, Katelynn’s parents think Katelynn is going to be a pretty mellow baby. “Especially compared to Colton,” James said.

Katelynn weighed in at 6 pounds, 7 ounces and was 19 inches long. Maria said while they chose the name Katelynn just because they liked it, the baby’s middle name Maria makes her the fourth generation Maria in her family.

The Mayfields, originally from the Detroit Lakes area, moved to Brainerd in July after living in Duluth and then Mankato for James’ job. “We’ve always wanted to get back to northern Minnesota,” James said.

Katelynn’s proud grandparents include Robert and Cindy Mayfield of Frazee and Daniel and Rhonda Mohn of Rochert, Minn.

While Katelynn was the first baby born in Crow Wing County, she was not the first in Minnesota. At least three other babies was born early New Year’s morning.

The first babies of the year in Minnesota were born at the University of Minnesota-Medical Center and another at Maple Grove Hospital, both at 12:07 a.m.

The third baby born was the second in a set of twins. The first twin was born at 6:40 p.m. New Year’s Eve and the second came nearly six hours later at 12:26 a.m. New Year’s Day.

(This story contains information for the Associated Press.)

SARAH NELSON KATZENBERGER may be reached at or 855-5879.