A New Year’s tradition is being celebrated at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital with the birth of the first baby of 2015.
Paisley Amy Peet weighed 7 lb, 6 oz when she was delivered via c-section at 9:01 a.m. on Jan. 2.
Parents Jessica and Lee Peet, of Fruitvale, say they knew Paisley would be born early in the year, but didn’t know their family would be the first.
“It was a scheduled c-section for Jan. 2,” said Lee. “But, we definitely didn’t think that she was going to be the first baby of the year.”
The happy parents are seasoned veterans when it comes to raising kids. Paisley will be joining her two older brothers, Lane, 6, and Jaxyn, 5, and the Peets say their boys are really looking forward to having a baby sister at home.
“Our oldest, Lane, is already acting protective, but they are both really excited,” said Jessica. “She isn’t going to be able to bring a boyfriend home later on.”
When choosing a name for their new baby girl, Jessica and Lee already had one picked out and waiting in the wings.
“We had chosen Paisley as a baby name when our first boy was going to be born (six years ago),” said Lee. “If either of the boys had been girls, they would have been named Paisley.”
“We don’t have a good story for the name (Paisley), we just liked the name,” said Jessica. “Amy (her middle name) is special though, it is my grandmother’s name.”
Paisley is just one of 44,000 babies expected to be born in B.C. in 2015, and she can consider herself pretty unique. The name Paisley was given to only 36 of the 22,000 girls born in 2014.
At the top of the list of most popular baby names of 2014, released by Interior Health, is Olivia, with nearly 300 parents choosing the name for their baby girls.
Emma, Sophia, Emily and Ava round out the top five names given to girls this past year. For boys, parents chose Liam, Mason, Ethan, Lucas and Benjamin most often when naming their new babies.
While it took just over a day after the new year began for Paisley to be born at KBRH, a Langley mother gave birth to a little boy only five seconds after the clock struck midnight – the first baby born in B.C. in 2015.
The Peets were presented with a congratulatory gift basket from the KBRH Auxiliary organization, and will also be receiving a collection of gifts from businesses around Trail, including a gift certificate from Ferraro Foods, a flower arrangement from Ye Olde Flower Shoppe and much more.