First baby of 2017

Hos­pi­tal’s first birth of the year is a boy for Delhi cou­ple

The Delhi News-Record - - FRONT PAGE - DANIEL R. PEARCE

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.

DANIEL R. PEARCE/ DELHI NEWS-RECORD

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.

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