Wel­come to the world

Macken­zie Brae­lynn Pereira is first baby born in 2019

The News (New Glasgow) - - FRONT PAGE - BY KEVIN ADSHADE

Macken­zie Brae­lynn Pereira was the first baby born in Pic­tou County in 2019, a healthy lit­tle girl born on Jan. 1, just be­fore 1 a.m.

She held on long enough to be­come the first baby born in Pic­tou County in 2019.

Macken­zie Brae­lynn Pereira fi­nally came into the world at 12:51 a.m. on Jan. 1, weigh­ing in at a healthy nine pounds and three ounces.

Macken­zie is the daugh­ter of Re­becca Keddy and Ge­off Pereira of Stellarton, and younger sis­ter of four-year-old Brook­lynn Pereira.

“They started in­duc­ing at 11:30 a.m. (on Dec. 31),” said Re­becca, as she and Ge­off gath­ered their things to­gether at Aberdeen Hospi­tal so they could take their new daugh­ter home.

“I had the epidu­ral, so I was fine,” she said of the long wait. “We played on our phones the whole time, un­til she came. It wasn’t too bad.”

So far, ac­cord­ing to her par­ents, Macken­zie has been a quiet baby, and even all the at­ten­tion doesn’t seem to faze her.

When it was time to name the new ad­di­tion to the house­hold, Re­becca said they had a few pos­si­bil­i­ties to choose from, but ul­ti­mately set­tled on Macken­zie in large part be­cause of the Gaelic con­nec­tion.

“We kept go­ing back and forth be­tween names. It was Macken­zie, then Mackenna, then Is­abella, (but) Macken­zie was the win­ner.”

Re­becca plans on go­ing back to school in mid-Jan­uary, so there will be more than enough work to do be­tween the two of them.

“We’ll def­i­nitely be shar­ing the load,” she said with a laugh.

KEVIN ADSHADE/THE NEWS

Re­becca Keddy and Ge­off Pereira with New Year’s Day baby Macken­zie Pereira.

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