While some Lloydminster residents were celebrating the coming of 2015 with champagne and fireworks, one local mom got to ring in the new year with a new baby.
Born on Jan. 2, 2015 at 8:42 p.m., at 63 centimetres long and weighing in at a healthy eight pounds, six ounces, Mackinley Roman Thunderchild is the first baby born in Lloydminster in the new year.
Genita Thunderchild, a 22-year-old stay-at-home mom, spent New Year’s Day getting ready to go to Lloydminster Hospital for a planned birth. Although she had scheduled her visit ahead of time, Genita didn’t realize that her birth would be the first of 2015.
“The roads were really horrible that morning. It was snowy out that day, so I ended up catching a taxi to the hospital,” she said. “They told me after he was born that he was the New Year’s baby. I thought people were born here every day.”
When it came to giving the new baby a name, Genita chose one she found fitting, drawing on personal preference and honouring her family at the same time.
“I like the name Mackinley,” she said. “And the middle name, Roman, is after my little brother. I’m really close with my little brother.”
Mackinley is Genita’s third child and third son. Kayson, 3, and Ollieson, 2, already had a chance to meet their new little brother in the hospital, but the two boys had mixed reactions.
“The three-year-old was interested in trying to feed him,” she said. “The two-year-old didn’t really care.”
After having two children already, Genita was well prepared for her most recent birth. She knew what she would need and she planned accordingly.
“I prepared everything at home first. I made sure I had all my diaper bags and my hospital bags packed,” she said while still at the hospital. “I have everything here that I need and I have everything ready at home.”
After four days in hospital, Genita returned home on Jan. 5. Kayson and Ollieson will be staying with family for the next two weeks while their mother recovers. But once they are all together, Genita plans on celebrating a belated Christmas.
“I even prepared the house for them. I got them new toys and I still have their Christmas presents that they have to open,” she said.