It took a while, but at 3:10 a.m. on Jan. 2, the Cowichan Valley welcomed the first baby of the year, a boy, Lowen Thornton-Clark.
This is the first home birth for proud parents Kristina Thornton and Ryan Clark of Cowichan Bay, and the second baby for the family.
Brother Caius just turned four in November and is excited to be promoted to big brother.
“He’s definitely smitten,” said Clark. “Everybody is doing great.”
Little Lowen weighed in at 6 pounds 5 ounces and was 50 cm (19.7 inches) long. Clark said Thornton is healing up and the family is laying low.
“It’s weird with the COVID cases spiking,” Clark explained. “Laying low seems to be the priority. We’re enjoying the time as a family; I’m off work for a bit so I’m happy to be able to spend that time with the family and divide and conquer the responsibilities. We’re really enjoying the time together.”
The couple was shocked they produced the first baby of the year in the Cowichan Valley.
“It’s surprising being that it was Jan. 2,” Clark said. “But it’s cool because my wife was the New Year’s baby, herself. Her birthday is Jan 1. Many years ago at Victoria General Hospital she was the New Year’s baby.”
The attention from media, Clark said, will make Lowen famous, just like his mom was.
“It’s very cool, very unexpected,” he said. “He’s cute as a button. We’re really enjoying the cuteness and little noises of it all.”
But, as many parents know, the new addition to the family means the removal something else: sleep.
“We’re working on the sleep,” Clark said with a chuckle.