Spe­cial de­liv­ery

Jil­lian Cul­leton gives birth to P.E.I.’s first baby of 2016

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - HOT ONLINE - BY ANCELENE MACKINNON

Kal­lie Cul­leton-Des­Roches re­ceived her first kiss, a New Year’s kiss, from her mom af­ter just be­ing wel­comed into the world.

Jil­lian Cul­leton had the Is­land’s first baby of 2016 at 12:05 a.m. on Jan. 1.

For Cul­leton, there was no other way she would have wanted to ring in 2016.

“It was very emo­tional and ex­cit­ing,” said the mother of four.

Cul­leton went into Prince County Hos­pi­tal in Summerside around 9 p.m.

They were try­ing to hold me off, she said. They said, ‘We want you to have the New Year’s baby’.”

She was hooked up to mon­i­tors, as the nurses kept a close eye on her.

“Then they took me down for my C-sec­tion. I wasn’t think­ing I was go­ing in to have a New Year’s baby at the time.”

Kal­lie’s aunt, Chelsea Des­Roches, was also in the de­liv­ery room.

Des­Roches was head­ing home from a work gath­er­ing when she got the call around 10:30 p.m. that her sis­ter-in-law was go­ing to have the baby.

“I called my Mom right af­ter, and she said I was yelling in her ear be­cause I was too ex­cited.”

There was high en­ergy in the hos­pi­tal room as ev­ery­one kept track of the time.

When it was time, it all hap­pened quickly.

“It was too much to put into words. It was one of my best New Year’s.”

Kal­lie Susan Ge­orgina Cul­leton-Des­Roches weighed 7.6 pounds. Mother and daugh­ter will be able to go home in the next few days.

“It was the best way to cel­e­brate New Year’s,” she said as Kal­lie slept in her arms.

“It was amaz­ing. It’s an ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time that I could never forget.”

ANCELENE MACKINNON/TC ME­DIA

At the Prince County Hos­pi­tal in Summerside, Jil­lian Cul­leton holds her daugh­ter, Kal­lie, who was born at 12:05 a.m. on New Year’s Day, making her the first baby born on the Is­land in 2016.

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