It's a girl! 

Sea to Sky welcomes New Year's baby

click to flip through (2) PHOTO BY DAVE BUZZARD COURTESY OF SQUAMISH CHIEF - NEW YEAR'S GIFT Mom Larissa Dasse holds newborn Lillianna Skye Dasse Rivait.
  • Photo by Dave Buzzard courtesy of Squamish Chief
  • NEW YEAR'S GIFT Mom Larissa Dasse holds newborn Lillianna Skye Dasse Rivait.
 

The Sea to Sky corridor's first baby of the New Year was born in a home-assisted birth in Furry Creek with help from two midwives and a volunteer nurse.

And while welcoming the new baby into the family will always be memorable, newborn Lillianna Skye Dasse Rivait is making her social media debut thanks to a cheeky photo captured by her father Nathan.

"As soon as she was placed in (mom) Larissa's (Dasse) arms and cleaned up a little bit, and her face was visible, that was the first picture I took, and she made the finger-and she was kind of smiling about it too!" chuckled Rivait.

The image, he adds, is now "all over Facebook ... It was really funny."

Lillianna Skye, born at 8:38 a.m., weighed in at seven pounds 12 ounces (3.5 kilograms), and is 21 inches (53 centimetres) long.

Rivait said that his fiancé, Dasse, was actually scheduled to give birth back on Dec. 26 and tried "every natural thing you could possibly think of" to induce birth.

He credits an acupuncture and acupressure treatment on Dec. 30 with doing the trick, as within six hours baby Lillianna Skye was "pushing and pushing," struggling to come out.

"I would suggest it for anyone that's in the last days of pregnancy ... it works," said Rivait.

Having the child at home was a wonderful experience, said Rivait, adding that he is grateful for the diligent work of the midwives who made it possible.

"To be at home-in the comfort of our own home-was just great," he said. "It was amazing. I would suggest it to anybody."

Lillianna Skye was not, however, the first baby to be born in the province.

That distinction goes to Dominik Soswa, who was born at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster at 12:01 a.m. About 42,000 babies are expected to be born in B.C. this year.

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