Thomas Kavanaugh, this region’s first baby of 2016, is the centre off attention while resting with parents Rob and Erica and sisters Claire, left, and Marie. Thomas was born Jan. 3 at Nanaimo Regional Hospital.

Thomas Kavanaugh, this region’s first baby of 2016, is the centre off attention while resting with parents Rob and Erica and sisters Claire, left, and Marie. Thomas was born Jan. 3 at Nanaimo Regional Hospital.

This region’s New Year’s Baby was born Jan. 3

Thomas joins the Nanoose Bay Kavanaughs — he has two older sisters

One of Santa’s scheduled deliveries on Christmas day arrived more than a week late for a Nanoose Bay family.

But the gift was worth the wait.

Thomas Kavanaugh arrived the morning of Jan. 3 at Nanaimo Regional Hospital to become this region’s first baby of 2016. He is the third child of Rob and Erica Kavanaugh and joins sisters Claire, 8, and Marie, 5.

“He was due on Christmas,” said Erica, a 37-year-old realtor with Royal LePage in Parksville Qualicum. “The late arrival suits his temperment, though. He’s like his middle sister, pretty laid-back.”

Thomas arrived at 7:12 a.m., a hefty nine pounds, three ounces at birth. Erica was attended at the birth by the Errington midwives, who had also been involved with the birth of her daughters. Thomas was born following a short labour, Erica said, without any complications.

The girls were at home, being watched by their grandparents, when Rob called to share the news that they had a new baby brother. The couple had left the baby’s gender a surprise, opting not to learn in advance through an ultrasound.

“We were just going, like, yay!” Claire said as she and Marie pantomimed dancing with their hands pumping the air. “We both wanted a brother. I thought it would be a little different; I thought a boy would be fun.”

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