New Year's Babies Welcomed at Duluth Hospitals

Baihly Warfield
January 01, 2018 06:20 PM

2018 was off to a joyous start for at least six Northland families as they brought little bundles of joy into the world. 

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Charles Everett Dreier was the first baby born in Duluth. Mom Susanna Schafter gave birth at 2:13 a.m. on New Year's Day.

"We wanted a boy," Nathan Dreier, Charles' dad, said.

"I wouldn't say we were ready, but we wanted one," Schafter added. 

Charles weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and was 20.75 inches long. 

"He was in one piece. You kind of count their fingers and their toes and make sure they're all there," Schafter said. 

That was a relief, she said. Other than that, she said the first thing she noticed was how big his feet were.

"I knew that was going to happen because I could feel him kick me," she joked.

The Superior couple already has four daughters between the two of them, so they are very excited to bring a boy home. 

"Someone to do all the sports stuff with. Hunting and fishing," Nathan said, listing why he's thrilled to have a son. "Trucks, Legos. I don't have to buy Barbies anymore. Hot Wheels cars? That would be nice."

A few blocks away, another Superior couple had been hoping for a girl. 

"It was pretty tough when we found out it was another boy," Daniel Boatman said. "But then once it came out, this was the most emotional one so far."

When 6-pound, 10-ounce Brantley Boatman arrived at 8:50 a.m. Monday, it was love at first sight. 

"Boys are my specialty," mom Kara Bunnell joked. "Three in a row."

She said Brantley was the first of her sons to have a full head of hair when he was born. 

"He looks like his mom is the first thing I think," Daniel said. "Must be the momma boy. Well, they all are."

In an interesting coincidence, the two mothers, Susanna and Kara, both went to Northwestern High School in Maple, Wisconsin, one year apart. And they both had their third child just hours apart on New Year's Day. 


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