Olmsted County's First Baby of 2019

January 01, 2019 05:51 PM

(ABC6 News) -- The new year is full of firsts, and that includes Rochester's first baby of 2019.

Just after midnight Tuesday, Jackson Zachary Kammueller came into the world.


"He's not even 24 hours old and he's already going to be all over the news," said his mom, Bridget Gongora.

Jackson was born at 12:41 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2019, to first-time parents Bridget and Zach.

"You're so happy, but you sob uncontrollably; it's kind of weird," Zach Kammueller said.

"You don't know what they're going to look like; you're just waiting for nine months, just thinking about it, and then when you finally seem them, you're like, 'you're the most perfect baby ever,'" Gongora said.

At 7 lbs., 10 oz., and 20 1/4 inches long, his parents were just glad to see him.

"We were planning for a Christmas baby, and we kept telling everybody, 'it's going to be Christmas; like, the best present ever,' and then it got ... then it was the day after Christmas, then two, and then three and then it's a week later," Gongora said.

On Monday, the couple came in for a routine clinic appointment and that when staff told Bridget she was definitely in labor.

"We think he was just waiting for 2019," she said.

And while they thought maybe they'd have a New Year's Eve baby, Jackson had other plans.

"He decided to come at midnight 41, so we had a New Year's Day baby," Gongora said.

The new parents said they're looking forward to spending time with their newest family member in the years to come.

And the Lunning family of Rose Creek welcomed the first baby of the year in Mower County.

Their second child, Henry, was born this afternoon, shortly after 1:30.

Still no word on the first baby of 2019 in Freeborn County.


Alice Keefe

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