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Whistler's new year's baby

Wells Hunt was born at 12:50 a.m. on Jan. 1
New Year's Baby Michelle and Jeff Hunt with newborn Wells on New Year's Day. Photo Submitted

Squamish General's first baby of 2018 was a Whistler baby. Wells Hunt was born at 12:50 a.m. to proud parents Jeff and Michelle Hunt, making him the first baby born in the Vancouver Coastal Health jurisdiction.

"I wasn't expecting him so early," explained Michelle, as she tended to her newborn, who was making noise in the background.

"He's 16 days early. He surprised us!"

Michelle went into labour in the early hours of New Year's Eve, and the baby "held in there" all day. She said she expected to give birth earlier in the day, since Wells is her second child.

Despite the length of the labour, the delivery went smoothly, she said. "It was a good birth, and the staff here at Squamish General are amazing," she said.

Wells was born weighing 3.09 kilograms (6 lb 13 oz) and was 53 centimetres long.

For Michelle, it's curious to think that he's a new year's baby: Her mom, who was born in France, was a new year's baby as well. "It runs in the family!" she joked.

But Wells wasn't the first baby born in the province in 2018 — that honour went to a girl born at Surrey Memorial Hospital just nine seconds into the new year.

There were 45,399 babies born in B.C. in 2016 — 22,188 girls and 23,210 boys, according to the most recent statistics available.

In 2016, Lucas was the most popular boys' name in B.C., followed by Benjamin, Ethan, Oliver and Liam. Olivia was the most popular girls' name, followed by Emma, Charlotte, Ava and Sophia.