Mom Who Was The First Child Of 1980 Just Had The First Baby of 2017

A woman who was given the title of first baby born in 1980 was given the surprise of a lifetime when she went into labor on Jan. 1, 2017.

Mere minutes into 2017, a mother in Iceland gave birth to the first baby born in the New Year. Incredibly, that honor actually runs in the family.

Katrín Guðjónsdóttir was Iceland's first baby back in 1980. This year, she delivered Iceland's first child born in the New Year, The Reykjavík Grapevine reports. Her son was born three minutes past midnight on Jan. 1, 2017.

According to the Iceland Online Review, both mother and baby were the first children born at Selfoss hospital and both are doing well after the birth. 

"We joked about it yesterday," Guðjónsdóttir told the BBC, "that he may be the first baby of the year, but never believed it could happen. It would be too surreal."

Iceland has a relatively small population of approximately 333,020, but the coincidence is still a striking one. The odds that the boy would share a birthday with his mother are 1/365, (or 1/366 on a Leap Year.) But the odds of being born within a matter of minutes of midnight on that day, before any other child in the hospital, are much more steep and are dependent on many more complicated factors.

In any event, these new parents must be delighted at the miraculous circumstances of their son's birth. Both mom and baby will have their names on public record as first babies. No doubt their shared birthday will remind them of this incredible coincidence for years to come.

Banner Image Credit: Reuters,Michaela Rehle

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