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Hey, baby: Perham Health’s first baby of the New Year is born

Arya Ann Ogroske was born to Sarah and David Ogroske on January 3, 2018 at 4:20 p.m. She was the first baby born at Perham Health in 2018. Arya weighed 8 pounds 1 ounce and was 21 inches long. (Kim Brasel/FOCUS).1 / 3
Sarah and David Ogroske are the proud parents of Arya Ann Ogroske, born January 3, 2018. Arya was the first baby born in 2018 at Perham Health. (Kim Brasel/FOCUS).2 / 3
Sarah and David Ogroske are celebrating the new year with a new bundle of joy, Arya Ann Ogroske, born January 3, 2018. She was the first baby born at Perham Health in 2018. Arya was delivered by Dr. Jaimie Deraney, pictured here with the proud new parents. (Kim Brasel/FOCUS).3 / 3

Sarah and David Ogroske of Perham thought they would have a Christmas baby, but little Arya Ann Ogroske must have been too warm and cozy in her mama’s belly to be bothered to be born on her original due date of December 28. Maybe it had something to do with those subzero temps with windchill we were having.

The Ogroskes had family members visiting from out of town for the holidays who were hoping to help welcome the new bundle of joy when she came home.

“My mom was in town from Florida and my sister from South Dakota, so we were all anxious. But everyone understands that a baby comes when a baby is going to come,” David said smiling.

Arya’s delay resulted in her having the honor of being Perham Health’s first baby born at the hospital in 2018, when she was born on January 3, at 4:20 p.m., weighing 8 pounds 1 ounce and 21 inches in length. Dr. Jaime Deraney delivered the newborn and Nurses Brenda Lorentz and Anna Kimball assisted with the delivery.

David is a teacher at St. Henry’s Catholic school, and Sarah is a teacher at Kids Adventure Preschool.

With the baby well past her due date and a doctor’s appointment on the calendar, Sarah and David didn’t have any wild tales of flying to the hospital in the middle of the night for Arya’s delivery. At her doctor’s appointment it was decided to induce labor, and things went from there.

Neither of them knew about the gifts donated by local businesses for the first baby born in the New Year, and at first they didn’t even know Arya was the first baby of the new year. The couple was surprised by the items that ranged from gift certificates and baby blankets, to birth announcements and personal training sessions.

“We are very grateful,” Sarah and David said. As they read down the list of items, they couldn’t believe what they would be taking home and numerous times pointed to things that they said would be helpful and could definitely use.

As most newborns tend to do, Ayra has them up at night and sleeping during the day, but also like most newborns, she has them wrapped around her pink little fingers.

“I didn’t know you could be so in love,” Sarah said looking down at Arya. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but so worth it.”

Local businesses that donated items include: Mark’s Fleet Supply, Unique Boutique, Perham Health Clinic, Ottertail Clinic, and New York Mills Clinic, A Clean Plate, Overland Insurance, East Ottertail Professional Child Care Association, Winkels Carpet Center, Michaelangelo’s, State Farm Insurance,  American Family Insurance, Subway, Perham Focus, Grand Stay Hotel, Nadine’s, Perham Printing, Dairy Queen, Mills Lanes & Lucky Strike Grill, Jean’s The Right Plant Place, Lakes Family Eyecare, Kenny’s Candy Co./Nut Heads, Willy T’s Tavern and Grill Ottertail, Perham Area Community Center, AireServ/Esser Plumbing and Heating, Brunswick New York Mills Operation, Perham Public Library, Dot & Minnie’s/Level III, Nootzi’s on Main Cafe, Murdocks Ace Hardware, Perham Office Supply, United Community Bank, Spanky’s Stone Hearth and Richter’s Men’s Wear.