The first baby of 2016 born in Prince Rupert waited two weeks for the title.
Bhupinder Baath anticipated giving birth to her first child on Christmas. Her sister even came to Prince Rupert to visit for three weeks over the holidays so she could be there for the big day.
“[Olivia’s] had everybody waiting,” Bhupinder said while holding her little girl who was born at the Prince Rupert Regional Hospital on Jan. 1 at 10:34 a.m. She was eventually induced on New Years Eve, and then doctors performed an emergency C-section after they had concerns over the baby’s heart rate. The baby girl was born healthy with a full head of hair weighing six pounds and 10 ounces. Bhupinder and Ginny, named their daughter Olivia Kaura Baath.
Olivia was found to be the most popular name in British Columbia for the third year running. Bhupinder said that after a couple days of deciding on a name Olivia suits her daughter best. Kaura means “princess” and is a common surname in Indian culture.
Bhupinder has lived in Rupert her whole life and met Ginny through her brother. The couple were married in India and Ginny recently moved to the North Coast to be with his wife.
On Saturday night, Bhupinder woke up and saw her husband holding their daughter at 4 a.m. She was touched by the sight. She said she knew that being a mother would change her but she was surprised at how hands-on her husband is as a new dad.
“It’s exciting. I don’t have the words to describe,” Ginny said with red eyes and smile. “You’re tired and you want to sleep but you can’t because you’re so excited.”
One of the nurses at the hospital said it’s been a while since a baby was born on New Year’s Day. Within the Northern Health region the first baby of 2016 was born at the University Hospital of Northern B.C. in Prince George at 1:25 a.m. and the first baby in B.C. was born at Surrey Memorial Hospital at 12:15 a.m.