First baby of 2017
Hospital’s first birth of the year is a boy for Delhi couple
It was a close call for Michelle and Ryan O’Grady.
A few weeks ago Michelle started showing signs she was about to go into labour with the couple’s second child.
The Delhi residents thought they were set to have a Christmas baby – and all the difficult decisions that would lie ahead for parents with a child born just before the end of the calendar year.
Do they send their child to school when he is four or do they hold him back another year? And what about sports?
Their son would always be a few months behind in development than the other kids on his team or in his class.
Instead, Everett O’Grady waited and was born conveniently on Jan. 2 at 4:35 p.m. Weighing in at 9 pounds, three ounces, and measuring 52.5 centimetres in length, he was Norfolk General Hospital’s first baby of the year.
“I’d rather have the first baby of the year than the last one,” said Ryan, who is part owner of a business that provides photo marketing services for adventure tourism businesses across North America.
“It’s nice we don’t have to make those decisions ... It’s great. He’s healthy, happy, and big.”
Everett is the second child for the O’Grady’s, a brother for their twoyear-old daughter Madelyn.
Madelyn, the couple said, didn’t quite know what to make of having a sibling. At first, she was excited when told she had a brother. But when she got to the hospital to see him, she backed off and became quiet.
“It helped we got her a present,” Michelle, who works in quality assurance at Ferrero Rocher in Brantford, said from her bed at Norfolk General Hospital. “Everett bought her a Barbie.”
Everett is the hospital’s first birth for 2017 and the first of about 350 babies expected to be born at NGH this year.
He was honoured with a receiving blanket made by the hospital’s volunteer association and a silver teddy bear piggy bank, courtesy of the NGH board of directors.
The couple said they had a “great experience” at NGH and praised the doctors and nurses.
Hospital spokesperson Gerry Hamill noted a fundraising campaign is underway to upgrade the obstetrics department.
“They experienced great staff, great care. Now we want them to have a great facility to have these children in,” said Hamill.
Michelle and Ryan O’Grady hold their son Everett, the first child born at Norfolk General Hospital in 2017. He arrived on Jan. 2 at 4:35 p.m.