BONNYVILLE - After 11 days of waiting, Bonnyville finally welcomed their first baby of 2020.
Noah Samuel Lazare Spicer was born at 5:55 a.m. on Jan. 11 at the Bonnyville Healthcare Centre.
“With how many women are pregnant this year, I can’t believe he was the first one,” expressed mom Winter Spicer.
Noah was the first baby of the New Year weighing five pounds nine ounces, and 19-inches in length.
Winter and her daughter, four-year-old Symphany, were thrilled to welcome the new addition to their family.
On Jan. 9, the day before Noah’s due date, Winter’s contractions began and started what would turn into close to 40 hours of labour.
In order to hurry things along, someone suggested she drink raspberry tea.
“I drank like 12 teas that night trying to put myself into labour, but I don’t think it was the tea that did it because it was so close to my due date.”
Earlier on Jan. 10, Winter went into the hospital but wasn’t far enough along to be admitted.
It wasn’t until Friday night that medical staff decided to keep an eye on her during the remainder of her labour. Ultimately, the decision was made to have an emergency caesarean section.
“His heart rate was slowing down when I was having contractions,” Winter recalled. “It was being weird and they wanted to do it just to be safe.”
When Winter was brainstorming names, Symphany had an interesting suggestion for her younger brother.
“His big sister wanted to name him Emily,” laughed Joanne Spicer, Noah and Symphany’s grandmother.
Winter had a bit of help from Joanne on deciding what to name her son.
“I had no names whatsoever, and I couldn’t figure out a name for the life of me. So I asked my mom, because apparently she had a list of names already,” she said, adding Noah was the one she liked the most.
Winter and Noah received a gift basket from the Bonnyville Health Centre Ladies Auxiliary that’s presented in celebration of the first baby born locally in the new year.