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New Year Baby 2023 - It's a girl!

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

It’s a girl, who knows what she wants.

The New Year's Baby, Jubilee Amira Wilson, was quick to arrive at 10:09 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at Bitterroot Health Daly Hospital.

According to new parents Lillia and Kolton Wilson, labor pains started at 1 a.m., they checked into the hospital around 7 a.m. and only had three hours to wait to meet their firstborn.

Jubilee measured 19¼ inches from head to toe and weighed in at 6 pounds, 6 ounces.

Attending physician Dr. Ann Kimmel said, “This was a very lovely labor and delivery.”

“Sometimes first babies take a long time to be delivered but this baby was in a big hurry,” she said. “Often first babies take 24 hours but this wasn’t even 12 hours and the baby came.”

“I was ready to meet her,” said Lillia. “I’m so in love with her. It was fast labor because I was eager to see her. I was blessed.”

The family lives in Hamilton near Bitterroot Health Daly Hospital.

“It only took two minutes to get here,” Kolton said. “She’s been really good and is not very fussy unless her feet get out, she likes to be burrito-ed [swaddled].”

He is in nursing school through Montana State University and is set to graduate in May.

The Wilsons did all pre-care appointments with Dr. Ann Kimmel.

“We are very sad that she is retiring,” Lillia said. “She was awesome the whole time.”

Kimmel is retiring in June after 20 years as a doctor and many years before that as a labor and delivery nurse.

“This is the last New Year’s Baby I get to claim,” she said. “I’ve done a few deliveries over my career. Delivering babies is my favorite thing to do and what I’ll miss most when I retire.”

The Wilson family, with the New Year’s baby, was gifted a crib filled with baby care items donated by hospital employees.