He’s born six days early to claim ‘First Baby of the New Year’ title; Jan. 9 has been a popular birth day for recent ‘First’ babies

    Elliot Oliver James Kuznia wasn’t due to arrive at RiverView Health until Jan. 15, but he decided to make his way into the world ahead of schedule on Jan. 9 to be named RiverView’s First Baby of 2018.     

    The first baby born in 2017 also arrived on Jan. 9. As a matter of fact, three title winners in the past six years have been born on Jan. 9. Maybe Elliot knew Jan. 9 was a fashionable date or maybe he realized another baby was in the running for the title, arriving just the next morning at RiverView.    

    The third child born to parents Destiny and Jarvis Kuznia of Red Lake Falls, Elliot was born at 6:34 a.m. He weighed in at 8 pounds 2.9 ounces and measured 21 inches long. Dr. Erik Kanten delivered the little guy with two middle names, a trait he shares with his dad.

    Elliot has two older sisters, Audrina, 5, and Londyn, 3. He is the grandson of Kevin and Michelle Harmoning of Red Lake Falls, Tony and Diana Kuznia of Buffalo, North Dakota, and the late Shirley Knoff. Elliot’s great grandparents are Eva Miller and Robert Harmoning, both of Red Lake Falls.

    As the first baby of 2018, Elliot will receive a care package from area merchants.