The first baby born in 100 Mile District General Hospital arrived at 1:20 a.m. on Jan. 8, a beautiful girl who tipped the scales at nine pounds, four ounces.
She is also a first daughter for her mother, Desirea Sargent, who has lived in 100 Mile House for the past three years, and the first child of her father, Jason Sampson, who resides in Canoe Creek and commutes back and forth.
The proud parents were joined in their excitement by Desirea’s two sons, Morgan Bird, 9, and Dayton Sargent, 7.
For many hours after their new arrival appeared, the family was cosily gathered together in the hospital room caring for, and bonding with, the baby.
Desirea is extremely happy to have had a daughter – just what she wanted – and also thrilled to have the first baby officially born in 100 Mile House in 2015, which she says is “so cool.”
She will have this sweet story to recount to her daughter over the years, Desirea adds.
Jason notes that Dayton enthusiastically insisted on staying at the hospital all day to help his mother with his newborn little sister.
Desirea explains she carried the baby for the full 40-week term, and then the labour stage came on suddenly and was blessedly short. They arrived at hospital at about 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 7 and she delivered within three hours.
The baby has not yet been named, and has been doing well and is easy to care for so far, she notes.
The proud grandparents are Andrew and Florence Boston, and Wilfred Haller and Jeannie Sargent, all of Canoe Creek.
The parents laughingly note Florence said their new girl’s shock of dark hair looks like it will be curly – just like Jason’s before it fell out (in a spot on top).
Desirea says she is so grateful to Jason for his loving support; and also to her physician, Dr. Livit Machete, who delivered her baby and ensured both mother and daughter were well, despite having to leave town at 4 a.m.
Jason says it was “interesting and exciting” to have his first child arrive safely into the world.
The brand-new father adds the nurses were wonderful and did a good job.
“It was his first, so they helped him out quite a bit,” explains Desirea.
Both parents note one of the nurses was especially nice and clearly thrilled to be on the night shift when the 2015 First Baby of the New Year was delivered.
As the winning parents of the First Baby of the New Year Contest, Desirea and Jason will be presented with a certificate entitling them to a host of gifts donated by participating sponsors around the community.
The contest sponsors and all the prizes the baby’s parents have won are featured on page A2.