The Okanagan’s first baby of the New Year was a home birth in Summerland.
Interior Health reports the Okanagan’s first baby of 2016 was born at 3:19 p.m. on New Year’s Day to a Summerland couple.
Baby girl Sakura Buendia Gayton came into the world weighing just over six pounds and is the second child for Ivan and Sayaka Gayton who also have a two-year-old daughter, Kaede Buendia Gayton.
Both mom and daughter are reportedly doing well.
At this time Penticton Regional Hospital was still waiting for its first baby of the New Year.
Vernon Jubilee Hospital welcomed its first baby at 3:37 p.m., a six-pound, 15-ounce boy, Eliot Steven Koss who is the first born to Fay and Nathan Koss of Salmon Arm.
At Kelowna General Hospital, which averages about five babies a day, the first one New Year’s Day did not arrive until 5:38 p.m. after seven babies had been delivered the day before.
Aaryan Wahid was born to mom Riffat Siddiqui and dad Kafi Wahidunnabi and weighed just over eight pounds. He is their first child.