As North Dakota lawmakers approached their crossover date last month for bills, Rep. Emily O'Brien, R-Grand Forks, had another end date edging closer.
Her baby was due.
Lennon Louise Green, at 20 inches long and 6 pounds, 13 ounces, was born 9 a.m. "on the dot" on March 2 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, days after her Feb. 25 due date.
"She was not ready and I was ready," O'Brien said.
Lennon Louise is the first child for O'Brien, 27, and her boyfriend, Jake Green.
And, so far, so good.
"She's literally so easygoing. I don't know how we got so lucky," O'Brien said. "She's calm. She just wants to be held and feeds every three hours."
O'Brien, elected in 2016, plans to return to Bismarck for the legislative session, but is still figuring out those details and timeline.
"A lot of people that know my personality know I don't do well with missing out on things, so I do plan to be back," O'Brien said by phone Friday.
She also said she's kept up with the Legislature from live-stream videos and is catching up on emails while also recovering from a sinus infection.
O'Brien was in Bismarck through Feb. 20, when lawmakers broke for their crossover recess, but stayed in Grand Forks to avoid any complications while traveling or in Bismarck.
Her District 42 counterpart, Rep. Jake Blum, R-Grand Forks, congratulated the new mother.
"I couldn't be more excited and proud of Emily and adding a new addition to the District 42 family, Lennon Louise Green," Blum said. "She couldn't be cuter, and I think we're all pretty excited for her, and I'm frankly pretty excited to meet the little gal."
O'Brien is at least the second female legislator to have a baby during session. Former Rep. April Fairfield, D-Eldridge, welcomed a baby girl during the 2001 session.
And O'Brien isn't the only lawmaker this session who has been expecting a child.
Rep. Corey Mock, D-Grand Forks, and his wife, Jeannie, are expecting a baby due April 11. He said they don't know its sex.
Mock, 34, said his and O'Brien's children are the first "session babies" since 2009, when former Rep. Jasper Schneider, D-Fargo, welcomed a daughter.