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Wausau welcomes first baby of 2012: It's a boy!


WAUSAU (WAOW) --  Jodie and Willard Harris spent New Year's Eve rushing to the hospital in wind and snow.

"It was nerve-wracking because the snow was coming down and we were still a long way away," Jodie said.

With the snow, her husband couldn't speed. In fact, he couldn't even go the speed limit because of the winter weather.  

"I kept trying to hide my contractions so he wouldn't know how close they were. I kept saying just get me there and we'll be okay," Jodie explained.

Ninety miles later, they made it. And twenty minutes into the new year, they welcomed a new son. Willard John, weighing 6 pounds 5 ounces, was born at Wausau Aspirus Hospital.  He arrived two weeks early.

"We got here at 11:30 and he was born at 12:20 so he wasn't wasting any time," Jodie said as she looked down at her son sleeping in her arms.

And being Wausau's first baby of the new year wasn't something the Harris's had planned.

"We were hoping for him to be the last baby of 2011 but 2012 will work out just fine too. We'll keep him," Jodie said.

Now, Willard John's birthday will be one no one will ever forget.

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