Merritt home to B.C.’s first baby of the new year
If everything had gone according to schedule, Geraldine and David James would not be the proud parents of the first baby born in B.C. in 2013.
For starters, the first-time parents from Merritt were not supposed to welcome their bundle of joy into the world until Jan. 9, which was the due date doctors gave Geraldine after she found out she was pregnant.
But, things changed and those same doctors decided to have the James go to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops on the weekend for a C-section, given concerns about the baby’s weight.
So, there Geraldine was, with surgery scheduled for 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve — a slot that would have given her one of the last 2012 babies in the province.
“Then I guess there was another lady who they decided had to go in first,” Geraldine told KTW from her hospital bed at RIH.
“By the time they brought me in, it was about 11 or 11:30.”
The surgery went as planned and little David Junior Ricky Joe James — all eight pounds, 11 ounces of him — entered the world at 12:02 a.m.
That made Baby James the first of 2013, not only at RIH, but in all of B.C.
Since then, Geraldine said, there have been a flurry of media interviews over and above all of the stuff that comes with being brand-new, first-time parents.
But, she said, her son appears to be loving the attention.
“Baby’s doing good,” the 40-year-old said.
“Happy, healthy and quiet.”