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New Year's baby: Family welcomes baby on New Year’s morning

Taylar and Brice Martinovich welcomed their new daughter, Sawyer, to the world at 6:43 a.m. at CHI St. Alexius hospital in Dickinson on Monday morning via cesarean section. Sawyer weighed 6 pounds 14 ounces and was 21 inches long at birth. (Sydney Mook / The Dickinson Press)

As most people were just beginning to wake up on New Year's Day early Monday morning, a Dickinson couple was welcoming a new baby girl and the first child to be born in Dickinson in 2018.

Taylar and Brice Martinovich welcomed their new daughter, Sawyer, to the world at 6:43 a.m. at CHI St. Alexius hospital via cesarean section. Sawyer weighed 6 pounds 14 ounces and was 21 inches long at birth.

Taylar said the C-section was planned for next week, so they were not expecting her to come early.

"We were still twiddling with our planned date, but she came early," Taylar said.

Taylar said it's exciting for her daughter to be the first baby born in the new year, but it was also something she wasn't really thinking about at the time.

"I didn't even think anything of it until we got here and they told us it was a race between me and another mom. So, I was like 'It's a race?' " she said.

Taylar said she came up with the name Sawyer while watching "One Tree Hill." Sawyer is the last name of one the main characters, Peyton Sawyer.

"I just really liked the name Sawyer," she said. "If we were having, a boy it wasn't going to be the name Sawyer, but I like it for a girl."

Sawyer is the couple's second daughter.

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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