If there's one thing Piper Hope McLain can look forward to growing up, it will be story time.
It's a nightly bedtime tradition in the McLain household, and little Piper's arrival into the world this week wasn't about to throw that out of sync for her siblings.
Indeed, parents Madeline and Cory McLain made sure each of their kids — Levi, Hailey, Savannah, and Bentley — got to hear a story before they left for the hospital and and got ready for Piper's delivery.
Piper was born Thursday, Jan. 3, at 2:35 a.m. at the Fort St. John Hospital, earning the crown of being the city's New Year's Baby for 2019.
"I warmed the van up while she (Madeline) bathed them — while she was starting to go into labour — we put them to bed," Cory said Friday afternoon. "They went to bed without a sister, and woke up and had a sister."
Little Piper arrived right on time at 39 weeks, and weighed in at seven pounds, 10 ounces. She joins a big family that has at least one more child planned.
"She's our little Christmas miracle," Madeline said.
Cory works in logging, and Madeline is a former nanny turned full-time stay-at-home mom and teacher so she can homeschool the family.
The couple have been together for 17 years, and married for 12. While he never planned to have a large family, Cory says he couldn't ask for anything better than fatherhood.
"When I met (Madeline) she dreamed of big family and because I love my wife — happy wife, happy life — I'm more than willing," he said.
"I never planned on having so many children, but I have no reason to not have the children, if that's what she likes, and they've been amazing."
Cory gave all the credit to Madeline for the work she puts into caring for the family — a job that starts at the crack of dawn and ends just before midnight.
"My wife devotes her life to those children," he said. "I can work 15 hours, but I can't do what she does."
The start of the "joyous" family began with Levi, now 11.
"He's been asking, probably since the moment our youngest was born, 'When are you going to have another baby?' They love it," Madeline said.
Hailey is 9, Savannah is 7, and Bentley is 4.
"I love her lots," Hailey said of her new sister.
Meanwhile, the Peace Region's New Year's Baby was born in Dawson Creek.
Maverick Wells was born at Dawson Creek & District Hospital on Jan. 1, at 3:35 a.m., to mom Bianca and dad Kris of Dawson Creek. He weighed in at seven pounds, 10 ounces.
The first baby of the year delivered in a Northern B.C. hospital was a boy.
William Ross was born at Bulkley Valley District Hospital on Jan. 1 at 1:01 a.m., to mom Nikki and dad Will, of Stewart. He weighed in at six pounds, 14 ounces.
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