It’s a boy—Kelowna’s New Year baby arrives at 5: 38 p.m.

New Year babies are popping up all over the Okanagan, although B.C.'s first 2016 baby was born in Surrey.

  • Jan. 1, 2016 3:00 p.m.

It’s a boy.

Kelowna General Hospital’s New Year’s baby took his time in arriving. Staff at KGH deliver, on average, about five babies a day. Staff welcomed seven babies on New Year’s Eve, and had to wait until 5:38 p.m. on Jan. 1 to deliver the first baby of 2016. Aaryan Wahid was born to mom Riffat Siddiqui and dad Kafi Wahidunnabi.

He is the firstborn to the Kelowna couple, and weighed 8.09 pounds, or 3670 grams.

He wasn’t the first baby to be born in the Okanagan on this auspicious day, however. A Summerland home birth took place at 3:19 p.m.

Baby girl Sakura Buendia Gayton, who came in at 6.44 lbs, is the second born to Ivan and Sayaka Gayton. Her big sister is two year old Kaede Buendia Gayton.

Vernon Jubilee Hospital had a birth shortly thereafter, at 3:37 p.m.

That little guy is named Eliot Steven Koss, and is the first born to Fay and Nathan Koss of Salmon Arm. An Interior Health official says both mom and baby are doing just fine.

B.C.’s first baby is Grayson Heinrich Jackson, who  was born at 12:15 a.m. at Surrey Memorial Hospital weighing in at 8 lbs, 9 oz.

 

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