Marion couple welcomes baby on New Year's Day

University of Iowa spokesman says it was the first baby of 2013 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

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IOWA CITY — A Marion couple welcomed a new year, and a new addition to the family, about an hour after midnight Tuesday.

Soren Kai Hildenbrand was born at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics at 1:04 a.m., weighing 10 pounds 6 ounces. According to UI spokesman Tom Moore, Soren was the first baby born at UI Hospitals in 2013.

Soren’s mother, Emily Hildenbrand, said she was expecting her fourth child’s birth to be easier, but it turned out to be her most difficult.

“His head came through and then the shoulder got stuck,” she said of Soren’s birth. “We had some scares. But now that he’s here, he’s perfect.”

Emily Hildenbrand said Soren was her only child born at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; her other three were born in Cedar Rapids at St. Luke’s Hospital.

The Hildebrands’ children are about four years apart; the oldest is 12-year-old Anakin, followed by 8-year-old Taryn and 4-year-old Constantine. The siblings said they were excited to welcome a new member to the family.

Meanwhile, a baby boy who was scheduled to arrive in 2012 arrived early Tuesday in Waterloo. Jaycob Ryan Weber Jr. was delivered at 12:45 a.m. at Covenant Medical Center.

His mother, Raven Vicchio, said doctors had scheduled a delivery on Monday in part because she had developed gestational diabetes and partly because Jaycob’s father was leaving Thursday for military service.

Vicchio’s labor took most of the day and night, and Jaycob wasn’t born until after the new year arrived.

Vicchio said her son is perfectly healthy and weighed in at 6 pounds and 11 ounces.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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