Forty-two minutes after people rang in the new year, Vancouver Island’s first baby of 2019 was born.
Maverick Roy Hardie arrived at 12:42 a.m. at the Victoria General Hospital.
“It’s kind of exciting, I guess in a way, to have the attention all on him,” said Dad Shane Hardie.
Maverick weighed seven pounds 12 ounces at birth, according to Island Health.
“Maverick felt the “need for speed,” arriving eight days before his due date,” Island Health wrote in their announcement about the birth.
After eighteen hours of labour, mom and baby are both healthy and getting some well-deserved sleep.
“She’s just resting right now. She’s not feeling too great and is a bit achy, so it’s just time to give her a break and let her rest,” said Shane.
Maverick has one big sister named Madison, who is five-and-a-half.
“Now I’ve got my girl and my boy that I wanted and I think I’ve got everything I need,” said Shane.
Shane, Maverick’s mom, who did not disclose her name, and Madison are from the Cowichan Valley.
Up in the North Island, the first baby of the new year was born at the North Island Hospital Campbell River campus at 2:06 a.m. He weighed seven pounds eight ounces at birth. His family is from Alert Bay. His name has not been released at this time.
There was also another boy born in the Comox Valley at 9:48 a.m. His name has also not been released at this time.
In Nanaimo, a girl was born at 3:23 p.m., weighing seven pounds five ounces. She has not been named yet.
On an average day, there are 16 babies born at Island Health sites.