For the second time in six years, Chilliwack's New Year's Baby was not born on Jan. 1.
There were no births on the first day of 2013 at Chilliwack General Hospital (CGH) and none by 10 a.m. on Jan. 2, although one woman had gone into labour, according to Fraser Health.
The first baby of 2013 born in the Fraser Health region was Shane Greenwood, who arrived at 12: 26 a.m. at Langley Memorial Hospital. Weighing in at nine pounds, five ounces, Shane was not only the first baby born in the Fraser Valley but the first in the Lower Mainland this year.
While the maternity ward was quiet in Chilliwack early on New Year's Day, staff were hopping in Langley as three boys and two girls arrived on Jan. 1.
And while Shane Greenwood came in at 12: 26 a.m., he wasn't the first arrival in the province.
Little David Junior Ricky Joe James might have heard fireworks from the birth canal as he was born two minutes after midnight in Kamloops.
Last year in Chilliwack, Brooklyn Ruth Friesen was born to Sarah and Devin Friesen at CGH at 1: 39 a.m.
But the year before was another quiet one on Jan. 1, and Karissa Faith Lillian McAuley arrived on Jan. 2, 2011.
In 2010, James Darwin Bayes was born at 12: 46 a.m. on Jan. 1, making him the first baby in the Lower Mainland.
In 2009, Lillian Dungate was born at CGH at 6: 42 a.m. on Jan. 1.
And in 2008, Rachael Jasmine Ferguson came into the world at 4 a.m. on Jan. 1.
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