The Tuit family had planned a quiet New Year’s Eve at home, just mom, dad and two-year-old Jorie.
But when Elaine’s contractions started just after 1 a.m., her husband Rob says he figured she’d be in labour for at least another 24 hours, like she was with Jorie.
“It just literally went from being okay, to ‘I have to push’,” Rob says.
Hallie Rae Tuit made her debut at 4:53 a.m., weighing 8lb. 4 oz. hand delivered to her mom, by her dad, in the laundry room of their Brentwood Bay home.
“I called an ambulance, and five minutes later, a baby came out,” he says. “Ten minutes after that, the ambulance arrived.”
— Victoria News (@VictoriaNews) January 1, 2018
He’s chuckling now as he recalls his hectic morning, gathering blankets and pillows and corralling a two-year-old with a screaming wife and a 911 dispatch operator on the phone.
“I’ve been a firefighter for a lot of years so I was able to stay calm,” he says. “But I haven’t delivered a baby before.”
Despite Elaine being almost five days past her Dec. 27 due date, Rob says neither of them thought they would become parents of Victoria’s first baby of 2018.
Both Elaine and Hallie are now resting comfortably at Victoria General Hospital.
British Columbia’s New Year’s baby came just seconds after midnight, a baby girl born to a family in Surrey, weighing 8 lb. 7 oz.
Shortly after, at 1:23 a.m., Vancouver Island’s first baby of 2018, Chase Luca Taylor, was born to his Nanaimo parents Bruce and Paige, weighing 9 lb. 11 oz. at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.
Vancouver Island's first baby of 2018 arrived at 1:23 this morning at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, weighing 9 pounds 11 ounces. Congrats to the proud parents and their families! #newyearbaby #VancouverIsland #nanaimo
— Island Health (@VanIslandHealth) January 1, 2018
The New Year’s babies are always the first symbol of a new year, according to the ministry of health, more than 44,000 babies are expected to be born in British Columbia in 2018.