It’s a girl!
Kamloops’ first baby of 2019 was born at Royal Inland Hospital at 7:44 a.m.
Freya arrived weighing eight pounds, nine ounces. She joins older sister Nora, 2, and parents Alison and Eric Beach.
Speaking to KTW via phone, Eric said they are thrilled to be the proud parents of the first baby born in Kamloops this year.
The 39-year-old father of two said his eldest daughter is also excited to be a big sister.
It was a low-key New Year’s Eve for the Beaches, who were at home with visiting family members when Alison started having contractions at 11:50 p.m.
When the contractions reached five minutes apart at about 4:30 a.m., the couple departed for RIH and Freya was born.
“Everyone’s doing great. [The] baby’s healthy, mom’s healing up and getting some well-deserved sleep,” said Eric who works for the City of Kamloops as a planning and development supervisor.
Alison, 35, is a naturopathic doctor and owns Thompson Valley Naturopathic Clinic.
The first Kamloops baby of the new year was nearly a Christmas child, born about a week after her initial due date of Dec. 24.
“We thought we would have a Christmas baby for sure, but [she] wanted to cook a little longer,” Eric said.
The Beaches named their daughter after the Norse goddess of love, beauty and fertility — a name that honour’s Eric’s Danish and Norwegian heritage.
The first baby born in the Interior Health region was Hugo, who was delivered in Kelowna General Hospital at 1:58 a.m. He is the son of Francine and Stuart Kyle and has three siblings: Macy, 6, Vivienne, 4, and 17-month-old Solomon.
The first baby born in B.C. in 2019 was Dominik Soswa, weighing in at eight pounds, three ounces and arriving at Royal Columbian Hospital in Coquitlam. Parents are Janet Shimizu and Lukasz Soswa.