SIOUX CITY | Some parents enjoy the acclaim of having the first baby born in a new year.

Amanda Cornish, of Sioux City, said she wasn't looking to have a New Year's Day baby because so many family members have birthdays packed from Dec. 20 to Jan. 8. Cornish also didn't want her son born on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or New Year's Day.

"I didn't want his birthday affiliated with anything else. I wanted him to have his own day," Cornish said.

When her son, Stephen Lee Arndt, arrived 12 days before the estimated due date, at 8:47 a.m. Friday at Unity Point Health -- St. Luke's, he was the first baby born in Sioux City in 2016. By that time, Cornish had changed her mind about having a New Year's baby.

"I'm OK with it now. It doesn't bother me like I thought it would," Cornish said.

Stephen, 6 pounds, 8 ounces, and 19 inches long, is the son of Cornish and Niklas Arndt, and was resting comfortably Friday afternoon with his parents in a room.

Things got interesting, as Stephen in utero had a falling heart rate for about six minutes, so Cornish was taken to have a Caesarean section.

"Everybody just kind of rushed in," Niklas Arndt said.

"That was scary," Cornish said.

"I was worried, of course. And then when I heard (Stephen) crying, it relieved a lot of my fears. I am happy he is healthy," Niklas Arndt said.

Stephen Lee has the same first two names as Cornish's father. He has a considerable amount of hair.

The baby will go home in a few days to a room painted blue and red, and will be joined in the family with KyLynn, 4, a daughter of Cornish.

A baby was born shortly after Stephen across the city at Mercy Medical Center -- Sioux City. At 10:15 a.m., the baby boy named Alan was born to Vicente Olivo and Ana Anguiano-Valeriano of Sioux City.


County and education reporter

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