MENOMONIE, Wis. — Rochelle and Jonathan Kroening of Menomonie knew they might have a holiday baby, but they didn’t expect it to be New Year’s Day. Their son, Eli Michael Kroening, was due on Dec. 20, but held on through the holiday season to arrive at 1:39 p.m. on New Year’s Day at Mayo Clinic Health System – Red Cedar in Menomonie.
Eli, who weighed 10 pounds, 15 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long, is the fourth child of the Kroenings. He’s also the second born on a holiday; the other son arrived on Halloween.
Jonathan Kroening, a financial advisor, would not have minded if Eli arrived a few hours earlier to qualify for a 2017 tax credit.
“I was kind of hoping he was going to be ready by midnight,” Jonathan Kroening says. “But I thought, ‘We’ll let him come when he’s ready.’”
Rochelle Kroening says she’s relieved her extra-long pregnancy is over, and she can finally hold baby Eli in her arms.
“I was getting impatient,” she says. “I knew he was going to be a big baby. I’m relieved he’s finally here.”
The Kroenings say Eli completes their family of six, and the siblings are enjoying getting acquainted.
Press ContactDan Lea