ROCHESTER, Minn - The arrival of three babies at area hospitals are bringing smiles to many faces in the early hours of 2021.
Mayo Clinic in Rochester announced its first baby born in the new year arrived at 12:50 a.m.
Paul and Sara Bailey of Kasson, are the proud parents of a little girl named Payton Mary.
Payton surprised them by coming a month early but tell KIMT News 3 they're exited to start off 2021 with such a blessing after a tough year for many.
Sara said, "We're excited to just say goodbye to 2020 with a new family member and hopefully have brighter days in the future."
The family says the only hard part is not being able to celebrate with Payton's sibling in-person right now.
Paul explained, "They're anxious to meet her. It's been the hardest part that they can't come up to the hospital with COVID going on. Especially with her being a month early we have a few extra days stay so that's the tough part."
The new addition and her parents plan to head home on Sunday.
The charge nurse at Olmsted Medical Center tells KIMT the first baby born there was a baby boy, and arrived at 2:45 a.m.
MercyOne North Iowa says its first bundle of joy (pictured to the right decked out in New Year's attire) arrived at 12:33 a.m.
Carson and Jami Blunt of Mason City, welcome a baby boy named Bennett.