Welcome the newest addition to Fort St. John, and the first baby born in Northern British Columbia in 2015: Redmond Lawrence Fitzgerald. Redmond was born to Lyeah Lamb and Bruce Fitzgerald at 12:52 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2015, the first birth of the year in Northern Health’s jurisdiction.
Meanwhile, in Dawson Creek, the first baby of 2015 was delivered shortly after 6 a.m. on Jan. 1.
Aubree Lynn Fehr was born at the Dawson Creek and District Hospital to Jessica Culp and Jason Fehr at 6:05 a.m. She weighed six pounds, 11 ounces, and was greeted by her brother Dominic.
B.C.'s first baby of 2015 was delivered at Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock five seconds after midnight.
It wasn’t how Lyeah and Bruce intended to ring in their New Year.
They came back to the hospital for a check up on the 30th. She had gone to the bathroom, and as she came back to the admitting room her water broke.
“It was a pretty clear sign at that point that the labour wasn’t going to turn around or stop.”
Although little Redmond was on his way into the world, he certainly took his time going about it.
After his mother’s water broke they went back home for a rest, and then came back to the hospital, where she was put on oxytocin to induce labour.
“Contractions at that point were pretty hard and heavy, and my husband was punished,” she laughed. “But he was a trooper through it all.”
The family was set to come home on Monday.
They said that the arrival of their new son, although partly unexpected, did not get in the way of any New Years plans. “We could year the nurses saying happy new years in the hallway, so we were like oh, here it is,” said Lyeah.
Bruce added that this one would be a hard one to top.
“I was sitting beside my wife’s bed, and I just leaned in, gave her a kiss and wished her a happy new year,” he said.
“I never ever thought that my baby would be the New Year baby, even though my due date was so close to New Year's, you’re kind of like what are the odds that they’re going to come at that time, and it just happened to work out that way.
"Even up to the end I was just like, ‘get out!’” she laughed.
Redmond’s name comes from both sides of their family. Redmond is Bruce’s grandfather’s brother’s name, and Lawrence is Lyeah’s brother’s name and her Grandmother Lamb’s maiden name.
“He’s kind of serious, he’s got furrowed brows and I think that his big name suits him,” laughed Redmond’s mother.
“He’s got wide eyes, he’s looking around at everything, trying to draw it all in. It's surprising how clear they are and how much he’s trying to focus on something.”
The family are Fort St. Johners through and through.
Bruce was born and raised in Fort St. John, while Lyeah has been living here since she was in kindergarten.