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Fargo's first baby of 2018 arrives 6 weeks early

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FARGO—For many, Jan. 1 is the start of a new year, but for some, it's the beginning of a new life.

Robert and Marla Banish of Milnor have a new addition to their family.

"She's little, but she's healthy and happy," said Marla Banish, mother.

Evelyn Banish was the first baby born this year in Fargo.

Even though she is the third child, Evelyn still surprised her parents.

Her due date was supposed to be Feb. 14.

"Oh I was nervous, I was scared - waiting to hear her cry or make some sort of sound... it seemed like it took forever," said Banish.

Born a month and a half early, Evelyn was only 3 pounds and 15 inches long.

She's now in NICU at Essentia and the doctors say she's doing well.

And to her proud parents, that's all that matters.

"When you first hear her cry and you know she's strong - and that first hour in the NICU she was a little spit fire so I wasn't too concerned," said Robert Banish, father.

As the Banish family celebrates, across the world, thousands of other mothers hold their New Year's babies close.

UNICEF reports around 386,000 babies are born on New Year's Day, with only a little over 11,000 in the United States.

For these parents, it just makes the holiday all-the-more special.

"Now we'll have a pretty good reason to celebrate the holiday again," said Robert Banish.

Marla and Robert hope to bring Evelyn home in six weeks.

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