As Torontonians rang in the new year at parties across the city, Gary and Hitomi from the Yonge and Sheppard area were anxiously awaiting the arrival of their first child.
According to North York General Hospital, Joshua weighed exactly six pounds and was born just four minutes past the stroke of midnight, making him the hospital’s first baby of 2013 and the first baby born in North York.
“Our due date was expected to be January first,” said Gary. “But there was a lot of speculation about what time he would come between my friends and colleagues and if he’d be one of the first babies of 2013.”
According to Gary, his wife was in labour for about 16 hours with the first push at 9 p.m.
“Once the baby was born it was all very surreal.”
“Everything went pretty smoothly,” said Gary. “Once the baby was born it was all very surreal. I’ve never actually seen a new life being created right in front my eyes.”
His wife had a natural birth with epidural assist.
Although the couple are first time parents, Gary explains that he wasn’t too nervous about what was to come once the baby arrived. But that’s partially due to some “very good advice” from a friend during his wife’s pregnancy.
“He said to me, ‘You may not feel it because your wife is still pregnant, but everything will totally change the moment you see another person in your hands.’ And that was exactly what I felt.”
Both mother and baby are doing well and were expected to leave the hospital Wednesday afternoon.
Sunnybrook hospital on Bayview Avenue had a baby girl arrive at 12:16 a.m. Humber River’s Finch site’s first birth was 12:42 a.m.