Victoria is home to BC’s first baby at four minutes past midnight, while Interior Health’s first baby arrived at 2:11 a.m.
The first baby born in 2022 at Royal Inland Hospital was a girl, who arrived on January 1 at 3:29 a.m.
Interior Healths’ communications department said that was all the information they were able to provide.
The first baby of the year to be born at Interior Health was Gray Ron Allison, a spirited little boy who arrived at Kelowna General Hospital at 2:11 a.m.
Gray, son of parents Molly Smith and Tyler Allison, weighed 6 pounds and 13 ounces.
Smith had previously been informed by Interior Health that her newborn would be Kelowna’s first baby of the year. What she did not know, however, was that it would represent the first for the entire health region.
“Doctors were saying for sure this would be the first baby in KGH, but we didn’t know the area,” she said. “We are very much in love with him and he is just perfect and amazing.”
Being born on the first day of the year is special, but in the eyes of the new mother, her son’s birthday was going to be special anyway.
“It would be a special birthday anyway because December 31st is Grandma’s birthday, so either they were going to have the same birthday or he was going to be born on the [Jan.] 1, ”said Smith.
Meanwhile, British Columbia’s first baby in 2022 was born at Victoria General Hospital at four minutes past midnight.
The little boy is the son of Shawna White and Ishmael Grimwood, weighing six pounds and six ounces.
He does not yet have any siblings or a name, although the boy’s father, Grimwood, said they have a list of names chosen and will decide which one is best for him in the coming days. .
Grimwood said the 27-hour labor went well and he and White couldn’t be more excited about their newborn baby.
The couple live on Salt Spring Island and ventured to Victoria, where they had planned to give birth, a week before the baby’s expected arrival – just to be on the safe side.
– with files from Black Press