The first child of the new year was born some 21 minutes after midnight to Karlotta Guðjónsdóttir and partner Gunnar Ingi Valdimarsson, reports RÚV.
The boy, who is his parent’s second child, measured a healthy 51.5cm (20 inches) and 3.75 kg (8.3 lbs). He was originally expected shortly before the new year, but arrived just after the new year.
“It was our wildest dream to have the first child of the year,” said the boy’s father to RÚV. “The midwife told us that the child would be born sometime before noon and that we wouldn’t see her again after that. After that, there was no turning back!”
The parents noted how special it was to welcome their child during a time of nationwide celebration.
“It was just a great mood,” stated Gunnar. “It was like a big explosion or a carnival!”
When asked if the child bore a particular resemblance to any family members, Karlotta, the child’s mother stated that although he took after his father’s side, he was “one of a kind.”
In an interview with RÚV, the boy’s parents stated that they had decided on a name, but that it remains a secret for the time being.