First newborn of 2018 in Minot

MINOT, N.D.- Minot said hello to the first newborn of 2018 early this morning.

Brynn Berdell Barstadt became the first newborn of 2018 in Minot just before the clock struck five this morning.

She was born at 4:59 a.m., measuring in at 20.5 inches., and weighing 8 lbs., 4 oz.

Her parents, Laurin Leidholdt and Taylor Barstad, were expecting Brynn a week later than New Years, but their anxious baby had other plans.

“I think that it's definitely meant to be that she came right away at the beginning of the year. It’s going to be a good year,” said Laurin, Brynn’s mother.

The family says her middle name, Berdell, was inspired by Laurin's grandfather. She always wanted to be able to call her little girl “Bert".