Kinsley Ann Wallace is Cowichan's first born of 2014

Cowichan's New Year's Baby, Kinsley Ann Wallace, is adored by dad Blair Wallace and mom Samantha Fairfield. Kinsley Ann, the couple's second child, was born at 7:49 p.m. on Jan. 1 at CDH.
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Kinsley just seemed the right name for Cowichan's New Year's Baby.

"I was just goggling names and saw Kinsley on the lists, and it made my short list," said proud mom, Samantha Fairfield.

"When she came out, we still hadn't decided — then when I saw her, I decided that's what we wanted to to call her."

The healthy eight-pound, one-ounce daughter of Fairfield and Blair Wallace was given the second name of Ann, Wallace's mother's middle name.

Her other first-name moniker shortlisted was Avery, Fairfield noted of her second child's birth at 7:49 p.m. in Cowichan District Hospital.

The happy couple brought their newest family member home Friday, delighted with the added honour of having the valley's first baby born in 2014.

"It feels great having a new-born, regardless," said Wallace, "but having the New Year's Baby was an extra-cool thing.

"I was surprised, because she wasn't born until about 8 p.m."

Fairfield, 33, recovering from the flu, shared the special kudo about little Kinsley Ann Wallace.

"We didn't expect it because she was born so late (Jan. 1). My water broke at 10 a.m., and the nurses said there hadn't been any New Year's babies, so we thought someone would come in before us — then there she was, the first of the year."

Kinsley joins brother Mason, 2, in the household.

"Mason took a couple of hours to deliver, but she was out in about 20 minutes," noted Fairfield.

Wallace, 30, praised the care at CDH, thankful his daughter is fairly quiet.

"She's been pretty good. When she cries, she seems to be hungry, and she's sleeping three hours at a time."

Fairfield was unsure if the couple will have more kids.

"I kind of just wanted a boy and girl, and we've got them now so we'll probably stop, but who knows?"

Fairfield, a staffer at Mill Bay's LifeLabs, was also thrilled Kinsley looks like her, while Mason resembles his dad.

Wallace, a plumber, had nothing in his crystal ball about what job he wants his little girl to eventually have.

"Whatever she wants to do; whatever her heart desires."

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