It wasn’t long into New Year’s Day that the first baby born at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital arrived.
Ellie Alice Bissell, daughter of Rebecca and Geoff Bissell of James River, was born at 2:49 a.m. on Jan. 1; weighing 5 lbs. and 13 oz.
Speaking from their home Jan. 3, the proud parents noted Ellie arrived earlier than the due date but, actually, after their own prediction.
“I thought she was going to arrive before the 12th, I was pretty sure … but I didn’t expect New Year’s Day, at all,” Rebecca said, with little Ellis cradled in her arms.
“We were actually thinking, maybe, Christmas Day.”
That she was born on a significant calendar day follows suit with the couple’s other two children; sons Seth, who is 10, and seven-year-old Jacob.
“Seth was born June 20 and Jacob Nov. 11; so a first day of summer birthday and a Remembrance Day … and now New Year’s Day,” Rebecca said.
Rebecca is from Lochaber originally while Geoff is from central Alberta – Lacombe to be precise. He is expecting his family – parents and sister – to arrive in town later this month to meet their new granddaughter and niece.
Geoff, a paramedic, also had the unique experience of delivering his baby girl.
“We’ve been planning it for the last few months,” he said, noting this was the eighth delivery he was part of.
Both parents had high praise for the staff at St. Martha’s, especially the nurses.
“They were fantastic,” Geoff said. “Above and beyond.”
Rebecca also wanted to thank the members of the Highland Quilt Guild who donated a quilt for the New Year’s baby.