Even in the midst of a pandemic, there were moments of joy as families welcomed the new year’s first babies.
Only 48 seconds after the clock struck midnight, Thuy Vu and Patrick Simmons became parents to 6.82-lb. Thomas at Humber River Hospital.
With Thomas’s original due date not until Jan. 19, his parents were not expecting him to arrive so soon. But Vu said having her husband on hand during the delivery “really helped.”
Like other parents, Vu said the pandemic created inconveniences for her during her pregnancy.
“We had to be extra careful not to get the virus,” she said.
At Markham Stouffville Hospital, Abygail Gosselin was born 59 seconds after midnight to Marie-Pier Fortin and Gabriel Gosselin. She was originally due Dec. 28.
In a year unlike others, most baby photos came directly from hospitals due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Thirteen minutes after the top of the hour, Kiaan Arora was born at North York General Hospital to Manik and Tashu.
And at Mount Sinai hospital, new father Charlie and new mother Chen gave birth to a baby girl, Liv. Weighing 8.11-lbs., Liv was born at 12:18 a.m., arriving several days after her original due date.
The Scarborough Health Network said its first baby of 2021 was born at 5:02 a.m.
Meanwhile, in Montreal, a baby boy named Arthur was born at exactly midnight — perhaps the first Canadian newborn of 2021.
The Maisonneuve-Rosemont hospital says the baby weighed seven pounds and four ounces, and is the first child for parents Genevieve Beaulieu and Logan Allen.
Only 10 seconds into the first hour of the year, baby Lara Michelle Adaskiewicz was born to parents Aleksandra Modelewska and Martin Adaskiewicz at the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal.