While other couples welcomed the New Year on Monday, Tiffany Palmer and Tural Hasanli prepared for the birth of their second child.
The Lake Delton couple said they knew it was time to head to St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo shortly after having company over. Even though their baby wasn’t due for another three weeks, Hasanli said he didn’t make any toasts to the new year, which in hindsight proved a good decision.
“I felt something where I wouldn’t feel comfortable drinking,” he said.
“We knew something was going on,” Palmer added.
Palmer and Hasanli became parents of St. Clare’s first baby of 2018 early Tuesday morning. Emilia Rose was born 6 pounds, 11 ounces, and measured 19 inches long.
The hospital put together a gift basket for Baby New Year that included soaps, lotions, wipes, diapers, booties, pacifiers and other assorted items. The couple said Emilia Rose came so early they didn’t have time to purchase a car seat, so hospital staff provided a gift card as well.
St. Clare staff delivered 213 babies in 2017, with a high of 29 coming in July. The births were split almost evenly in terms of gender with 107 boys and 106 girls, according to hospital records. The most popular boy name was Lukas/Lucas, and the most popular girl name was Julia.
Palmer and Hasanli have been married five years. Palmer takes care of their children, while Hasanli works as a cross-country truck driver. Palmer said their 3-year-old son has been anxiously awaiting the arrival of his baby sister.
“He saw her for a good 30 seconds, and there were no words or anything — just staring until he had to go home,” she said. “But he has been very excited throughout the whole thing. He’s the one who predicted that he’d have a sister.”