Stacie Bishop and Clinton Sadek greeted the new year with ‘new blessings,’ as they welcomed Bishop’s first child and Red Deer’s first baby of 2017.
The Bluffton area couple left their home at about 2 a.m. Sunday morning for the Red Deer Regional Hospital.
By 3:30 a.m., they had arrived at the hospital.
“They took me in right away,” Stacie said, estimating she was into a delivery room by 4 a.m.
An epidural and a C-section later and by 5:44 a.m. Aleah Mae Sadek was welcomed into the world.
“It was pretty quick,” said Stacie, who was relieved it all happened so fast.
Stacie was scheduled to go in on Jan. 3 to induce delivery, but Aleah had other plans. Contractions started, right after midnight.
“We didn’t even think about it being the New Year’s baby,” said Clinton. “They told us ‘you’re the first one.’”
Having the New Year’s baby was not something the couple had planned on.
Stacie, speaking from her home Monday morning, said it has been a whirlwind experience since Aleah was born.
“We’re settling in,” she said. “I’m feeling good actually, not even too tired. Aleah’s pretty on schedule right now, hungry every three to four hours.
“The biggest thing about it is it is a new year and we have new blessings. 2016 was hard for a lot of people and I think going into 2017 with a New Year’s baby is kind of a blessing.”
The healthy baby girl weighed 2.33 kg (five pounds, two ounces) at birth.
Clinton is a steamfitter-pipefitter and Stacie works in human resources.
Nearby Wetaskiwin welcomed its New Year’s baby three hours before Red Deer. Tanner Gould was born at 2:38 a.m. on Saturday to David Gould and Koosha Bradley. At birth he weighed 3.79 km (eight pounds, six ounces).