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If Brianna Lyn Myers could have waited until her Jan. 17 due date, her parents might had had a bit warmer weather for their 14-mile trip from Eagle to Bryan Medical Center for her birth. —

But Brianna, weighing in at 6 pounds 11 ounces, and measuring 19 inches, was ready, and the frigid weather wasn't going to stop her. 

Her mom and dad, Jenna, 30, and Brad Myers, 28, had to make two trips from Eagle in the cold. They were initially sent back home for the early labor period, but came back to Lincoln at 8:45 New Year's Eve. Brianna was born at 12:14 a.m., five minutes before Omaha's first baby, Zuleymi Viviana Morales Monterroso, born at Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy at 12:20 a.m., as reported in the Omaha World-Herald. 

Jenna Myers had no inkling their baby might be the first of the new year, until her labor and delivery team told her. Her labor had progressed a little quicker than expected at the end, but they were able to safely slow things down for a few minutes to make it past midnight. 

When she found out about the challenge, Jenna said, she was all in. 

"My husband and I are both quite competitive, so when we found out it was kind of like a game, we wanted to win," she said.  

Brianna was born into a brittle cold new year -- minus 9 degrees at midnight. Instead of the normal 40 weeks, she was born at 37 weeks and five days, the same as her 18-month-old brother Josiah, Jenna Myers said. 

"She's a little peanut, but she's just perfect. And everything's going fine," her mom said. 

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State government reporter

JoAnne Young covers state government, including the Legislature and state agencies, and the people they serve.

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