Richmonds first baby of 2013 arrived just a few hours into the New Year.
Weighing in at a very healthy nine pounds and 15 ounces, Oliver Wing was born at exactly 3:47 a.m. in Richmond Hospital.
Mom Natalie, originally from New Zealand, was taken into hospital around 1:30 p.m. on New Years Eve by husband Ryan, a Richmond native.
But it wasnt until around midnight that little Oliver started to make his push for the outside world.
She went into labour around midnight I think it was, said a tired but happy Ryan, a Steveston High grad and former Palmer secondary student.
He was a big boy. He arrived via C-section, which was a last-minute decision.
Ryan said he had a feeling that Oliver might have been the first baby to be born in the city, but wasnt sure as there was another couple in there at the same time.
They showed up late and on and I knew they were ready to go, he added.
Its pretty cool I guess (to be the first).
Mom told the News shes feeling good and was very happy when her big boy finally arrived.
Hes adjusted really well and were going home this afternoon (Wednesday), said Natalie.
The couple, who met in Australia and moved back to Canada in 2004, already have a daughter in three-year-old Maddison, whos thrilled to have a baby brother.
Shes been up since 6 a.m., apparently desperate to come in and see her little brother, added Natalie.
Ryan explained that, although they live in North Delta, their midwife works at Richmond Hospital and thats where Maddison was born.
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