A New Year's Day birth wasn't necessarily on the calendar for parents-to-be Kristina and Shaun Wilson of Audubon — but their daughter, Clara Anya, decided she wanted to make her entrance into the world a little earlier than planned.

“Clara’s due date was Jan. 12, so we weren’t expecting to have the New Year’s baby, but we think it’s pretty cool having the first baby of the new year as well as the new decade,” mom Kristina said Friday. “What a fun story to tell her as she grows up!”

Clara Anya Wilson was born at Essentia Health St. Mary’s in Detroit Lakes on Wednesday, Jan. 1, at 4:16 p.m. She weighed 6 pounds, 7.8 ounces and measured 18.5 inches at birth.

"She's tiny, but healthy and strong," said Clara's proud mom.

Though Clara was initially expected to be born later in the month, Kristina said her blood pressure became high enough that her doctor decided to induce labor on Wednesday.

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"It was pretty exciting to find out that she was the first (baby of the year)," Kristina added.

Clara is the youngest of 12 children in the Wilsons' blended family, which ranges in age all the way up to 18.

"There are nine of us living at home right now," Kristina added, noting that the family's newest arrival came home with them from the hospital at around 2 p.m. Friday.

Clara Anya Wilson, the first baby of 2020 to be born at Essentia Health St. Mary's Hospital in Detroit Lakes, was a bit more wide awake when this photo was taken on Friday afternoon. (Submitted photo)
Clara Anya Wilson, the first baby of 2020 to be born at Essentia Health St. Mary's Hospital in Detroit Lakes, was a bit more wide awake when this photo was taken on Friday afternoon. (Submitted photo)