WORTHINGTON - Kelsey and Dustin Lonneman welcomed their first child, a boy, on Monday at Sanford Worthington Medical Center.


The Lonnemans’ son, Grant Martin Lonneman, represented an additional first - the initial baby to be born in 2018 at the Worthington hospital. Grant came into the world at 10:25 a.m. Monday.


Both Kelsey and Dustin hadn’t given much thought to welcoming a new year’s baby.


“The due date was the 27th (of December),” Dustin said Tuesday.


“We were thinking it was going to be a Christmas baby instead,” added Kelsey. “We were hoping the baby wouldn’t be born right on Christmas - then, he could have his own date.”


The Lonnemans had planned to have labor induced on either Tuesday or Wednesday, but their baby decided to arrive on his own instead. Kelsey said she began having contractions at about 1 a.m. Monday, and she and Dustin soon left their Adrian home and arrived at Sanford Worthington at approximately 5:30 a.m.


From that point, the wait wasn’t terribly long for the new parents.


“He came fast,” Kelsey said of Grant. “At home, the contractions were every seven minutes, and here it was every four then every three. … It all went pretty fast.”


The Lonnemans were fortunate to welcome a healthy boy who weighed in at 8 pounds while measuring 20¾ inches long. They were also somewhat lucky in at least one other respect - arctic weather conditions didn’t keep them from getting to the hospital.


“When we got here it was minus-28 - that’s what our car said,” Kelsey said.


Kelsey and Dustin didn’t know their baby’s gender ahead of time, they said. They also didn’t have a specific girls’ or boys’ name in mind, though they did have a couple of ideas each way.


“We didn’t want to name him until we both held him,” Kelsey said.


Kelsey, who grew up in Milford, Iowa and is the daughter of Tom and Char Kremmin, is a graduate of South Dakota State University and is employed as a pharmacist at Lewis Drug in Sibley, Iowa. Dustin, the son of Marty and Ginger Lonneman of Ellsworth, met Kelsey at SDSU, where he studied agriculture; he currently farms with his father and brother.


Members of both Kelsey’s and Dustin’s families arrived Monday at Sanford Worthington to meet baby Grant, all visiting at roughly the same time. It was certainly a special moment for Dustin’s parents - they were meeting their first grandchild.


“My mom was tickled,” Dustin said with a smile.


Other family members include great-grandfather Otto Kremmin of Mountain Lake and great-grandparents Rita and Anthony Lonneman of Adrian.


First-baby-of-the-year honors means a gift basket filled with blankets, diapers, a sleep sack and a picture frame for a baby’s handprint and footprint, Kelsey listed. The baskets are given annually by Sanford Worthington to the family who welcomes the year’s first newborn.


“We started the new year off with a bang,” Kelsey said. “We got the best present we could get for the new year.”