Brayden first of three babies born New Year’s Day

Brayden Wihlm slept quietly in the arms of his mother Monday morning in a room at Fairview Northland Regional Hospital.

When he was born on Sunday at 7:43 a.m., a buzz started around the hospital’s labor and delivery unit, as baby Brayden quickly picked up the moniker “new year baby” as Princeton’s first birth of 2012.

Little did the staff at the hospital’s birthing unit know, there wouldn’t be just one New Year’s Day baby, or even two. Three newborns came into the world Sunday at The Birthing Place, the name of Fairview Northland Medical Center’s maternity ward.

Bennett Feld was born at 5:40 p.m. New Year’s Day.

Lilian Langfeld was born at 9:12 p.m. New Year’s Day.

But little 5 pound, 6 ounce Brayden was the first baby born on New Year’s Day. He was born to Troy and Jenny Wihlm of Princeton, 12 days earlier than expected. He is the Wihlms’ second child. Brayden was welcomed home by two-year-old sister Addison.

Coincidently, Addison, who the Wihlm’s adopted at birth, was born in the very same hospital room almost three years ago.

Jenny went to bed early on New Year’s Eve and would have never thought she’d be having a baby the next morning, she said.

But her thoughts were different an hour or so into the new year.

“I woke up at 1:30 and knew something was off,” she said. “I was having cramping, but unlike other times, they would not go away.”

By 4:30 a.m. Troy had packed Jenny and Addison up and headed for the hospital.

While Addison colored and had some snacks, her mother was giving birth to Brayden. Dr. Robin Fisher, Physician’s Assistant Heather Lunning and nurse Kendra Nord helped bring Brayden into the world.

Afterwards, Addison was very excited about the birth and was eager to meet her new baby brother.

“She walked in with her hands open ready to hold the baby,” Jenny said.

On Monday, a room full of relatives were on hand sharing in Troy, Jenny, and Addison’s excitement.

There were more than 20 children in Onamia who were also excited to hear of Brayden’s birth.

Jenny is a third grade teacher at Onamia Elementary School, where she had expected to return to work Tuesday for four more days of work before going on maternity leave.

Troy is a high school biology teacher in Zimmerman who also plans on a week of leave to take care of his wife and help transition Brayden into his new world at home.

Bennett Feld was born at 5:40 p.m. to Joel and Stephanie Feld of Elk River.

Lilian Langfeld was born at 9:12 p.m. to Abigail Langfeld.