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Gina, left, and Mark Schubert pose with newborn daughter Lola Diana, born at 5:30 a.m. on New Year's at Sanford Health in Bismarck. The Bismarck couple also have three other children Madison, 10, Caleb, 9, and Eli, 5. "She's a nice surprise," said Mark noting they now have two boys and two girls.

One of Bismarck's first babies of the new year is a girl with a head full of curly, black hair.

Gina Schubert, of Bismarck, gave birth to Lola Diana Schubert — 7 pounds, 1 ounce, and 20 inches long — at 5:33 a.m. Monday at Sanford Health in Bismarck.

She and her husband, Mark Schubert, braved subzero temperatures Sunday afternoon when they came to the hospital, concerned about lack of movement. She was surprised when she was asked to stay in the hospital, and eventually give birth to a healthy baby girl.

The Schubert's are being celebrated as having the first baby of 2018 in Bismarck. However, their baby was the second baby born in the new year. The first child born was in the neonatal intensive care unit, and the family did not wish to be interviewed.

"It’s just exciting," Gina Schubert said Monday, while holding baby Lola, who was wearing a knit, neon green hat emblazoned with the year 2018. "It was a nice surprise."

The Schubert's came in Sunday afternoon after doing last-minute shopping for baby supplies. Gina Schubert's mother, Diana Westberg, flew from her home in Florida in anticipation of her daughter's due date, which was supposed to be Friday.

The Schubert's surprised Lola's grandmother on Sunday by announcing that Lola's middle name would be the same as her grandmother's first name.

"That’s a big honor," Diana Westberg said.

This is Gina and Mark Schubert's fourth child. They have a 10-year-old, 9-year-old and 5-year-old, who were eagerly waiting for their new sibling to be brought home.

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