CORRECTION: Prior editions of this article stated that Jessica Linman assisted as a delivery nurse when it was Katrina Brook who helped.

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — There’s no way to ring in the new year like welcoming a new member to the family, and that’s just what Lansing couple Karen and Ben Telford did Sunday morning.

Sofia is Sparrow Hospital’s first baby of 2023, entering the world at 1:43 a.m. She weighed in at 7 pounds, 5 ounces.

Newborn baby Sofia Rae rests with the title of being Sparrow Hospital’s first baby of 2023 in Lansing, Mich. on Jan. 1, 2023.

“It just really adds some special meaning to New Year’s Eve, you know, and New Year’s Day,” said Ben Telford. “I think it will give us even more to celebrate.”

It’s a New Year’s Eve that the Telford family will never forget.

“She came really fast when I started pushing,” said Karen. “I pushed like one-and-a-half, like one contraction, and she was like out and on my chest. I was shocked she was here so fast.”

Karen holds newborn daughter Sofia, Sparrow Hospital’s first baby born in 2023 in Lansing, Mich. on Jan. 1, 2023.

Sofia Rae was delivered by Dr. Nicole McGraw and Dr. Jacquelyn Davis, with assistance from nurses Payton Shinabery and Katrina Brook.

Dr. McGraw also helped the Telfords deliver one of their sons.

“She was great last time and it was really cool to have her again,” Karen said.

As a part of being Sparrow’s New Year’s baby, Sofia and her mother were given a car seat, a Teddy Bear as well as other gifts.