Lower Mainland’s first birth of 2013 0
Kelly Burkhardt holds her newborn son Shane Greenwood who came into the world 26 minutes after midnight to make him the Lower Mainland's first baby of 2013. The provincial title of first baby goes to Kamloops' David James. (CARMINE MARINELLI/24 HOURS)
Newborn Shane Greenwood’s big day will be marked with newspaper clippings, just like his grandmother, after the infant boy was brought into the world Tuesday as the Lower Mainland’s first birth of 2013.
His grandmother, Kelly Greenwood, still has all the clippings from more than four decades ago when she was the region’s first baby.
It seems being born on New Year’s Day runs in the family, suggested one reporter.
“Apparently,” laughed the 44-year-old, who admitted she’d hoped Shane’s mother would “hang on” until after midnight.
“You don’t meet many people with the same birthday and to have a grandson with the same birthday … it’s pretty amazing.”
The newborn joins a family of three. He already has an older brother, 2, and will be living with his parents, Alyssa and Justin, at their Langley home.
“I wasn’t expecting it at all,” said his tired but smiling mother.
“I thought I was going to have a Christmas baby.”
Now a mother of two, the 19-year-old endured five hours of labour late Monday before her baby arrived 26 minutes after midnight. The little Greenwood weighed in at nine pounds five ounces.
The couple doesn’t have any career plans yet for their boy, but are both looking forward to relaxing when they get home.
Meanwhile, the title of the provincial first baby goes to David James, born two minutes after midnight at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.
He’ll be living with his parents, David and Geraldine, at their Merritt home.