BURIN, NL –Aurora Walters, the first baby born at the Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre in the new year, could not wait to make her appearance.
Michela Lavey, the newborn’s mother, told the Southern Gazette she was not due until the 19th, so it was a surprise to her when she learned she had the first baby in Burin for 2018.
“I was really excited and surprised, I didn’t expect it at all.”
Much like the Northern Lights from which the seven-pound, 0. 8-ounce baby girl takes her name, her arrival was the cause of much excitement.
The couple introduced her older brothers to her via video chat.
“We Facetimed them, they said she was cute – they’re excited to have a sister.”
Tommy explained the couple was hoping to have a baby girl.
“I’ve already got two boys and I finally got a girl, and that’s what we were hoping for when we got pregnant,” explained Walters, who has two sons from a previous relationship.
He added the couple found out the baby’s gender in October.
“When we found out it was a girl, we got engaged at the same time.”
As in past years Dr. William Moulton presented the family with a new car seat on behalf of the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association.
The organization does the same for the first baby of the year at all 10 facilities in the province that perform deliveries to encourage all parents to use car seats form the moment their baby leaves the hospital.
Several businesses, including Walmart, donate the car seats to make the initiative possible.
While Aurora was the first baby born on the Burin Peninsula for 2018, the title of first born in the eastern region for the new year belongs to Alyssa Joy Harding of St. John’s.
The daughter of Stephanie and Andy Harding was born Jan. 1, 2018 at 2:37 a.m at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John’s.