Waubun couple welcomes Detroit Lakes hospital's first publicly-recognized baby of 2022
Essentia Health St. Mary's announced early this week that Detroit Lakes' first baby of 2022 was born to Waubun residents Taylor and Austin Lanoue. Averi Lynn Lanoue came into the world at 6:06 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 3. She weighed 7 pounds, 12.5 ounces and measured 19.25 inches at birth.
Editor's Note: A previous version of this story had "Detroit Lakes hospital's first baby" in the headline and was changed to "Detroit Lakes hospital's first publicly-recognized baby" due to the parents of the first few newborns of 2022 not signing a consent for public release of their newborn from the hospital. The Lanoues were the first newborn family at Essentia St. Mary's to consent to their newborn's public release.
Waubun residents Taylor and Austin Lanoue weren't expecting to be the parents of the New Year's Baby at Essentia Health St. Mary's in Detroit Lakes this year.
After all, their daughter wasn't due to enter the world until Jan. 13 — but she had other plans.
Averi Lynn Lanoue was born at 6:06 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 3. She weighed 7 pounds, 12.5 ounces and measured 19.25 inches at birth. While the labor went smoothly — and rapidly, according to Taylor — the birth was not without complications.
"She's in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) at Fargo," said Averi's dad, Austin, on Jan. 6.
While her doctor expects Averi to make a full recovery, Taylor said her daughter was born with a small hole in her heart that has not yet fully healed.
Their medical team at Essentia Health also wants Averi "to build up her lungs a little bit" before they send her home, Austin added, explaining that the small hole in her heart means her blood oxygen levels are fluctuating.
"We’re just giving her lots of love and support, and hopefully she’ll be able to come home soon," Taylor said.
When she does, Averi will be welcomed home by a 3-year-old big brother, Kolt.
"He's ready to take his picture with her," said Austin with a laugh.
To help Averi settle in, Taylor is taking a six-month maternity leave from her job as a teller supervisor at Midwest Bank in Waubun, while Austin will soon be returning to his job as a section foreman at Canadian Pacific Railway.
The newly expanded family will be receiving a gift package, courtesy of the New Year's Baby contest sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Tribune. The gifts were donated by a handful of local businesses, including Beautiful Junque, the Boys & Girls Club Thrift Store, Central Market, Chinese Dragon, Lakeshirts and Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union.