Welcome to the world
Mackenzie Braelynn Pereira is first baby born in 2019
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.
Rebecca Keddy and Geoff Pereira with New Year’s Day baby Mackenzie Pereira.