After more than a day of labour, Patricia Kozubski was pretty sure she wasn't going to be the mother of Kamloops' New Year's Baby.
"There was another woman that was labouring, too -- actually, by that point, maybe there were three of us," Patricia recalled.
"It was like, 'Gosh, no one's had their baby yet and it's mid-afternoon.'"
But, about five minutes after Roland John entered the world at 2:15 p.m., she and husband Brad heard the news their son had claimed the title.
"It was so late in the day. Like really, what are the odds we would have won?" Patricia said.
Roland wasn't on track to be a Jan. 1 baby.
His due date was still about a week away when Patricia's water broke at approximately 8 a.m. on Dec. 31.
Though her pregnancy had been going well and her doctor had predicted Roland might even come late, Patricia said she knew immediately something was wrong.
"I was in shock and I grabbed the wrong bag," she said.
"I grabbed my book bag, so I had all my books with me, and I just shoved stuff in it and I got to the hospital and was like, 'What did I bring?'"
Tests at Royal Inland Hospital confirmed the baby was in distress, kicking off a day and night full of complications as Brad, who was at work at Highland Valley Copper mine near Logan Lake, began the hour-long commute back to the city.
While she describes it as a long, hard birth, Patricia said the race for New Year's Baby did provide some entertainment between complications.
She also praised nurses and doctors at the hospital.
"Everyone there is so amazing, so calm, really came in and helped and checked in with you, checked in with Brad. That part was amazing," she said.
Though he had to stay longer in the hospital, only leaving for home on Tuesday, Roland was doing well during his first newspaper interview -- and slept peacefully through all the questions.
o The first baby born in the Interior Health Authority region in 2017 entered the world at 1:31 a.m.
The baby girl was born at Cranbrook's East Kootenay Regional Hospital.
o The province's first baby of 2017 was born in Vancouver's B.C. Women's Hospital at the stroke of midnight, as 2016 made way for the new year.
The baby is a boy -- Montgomery Henry Edward Harlos.