Vernon has a New Year's Baby

The North Okanagan's first baby of 2013 is a girl.

Aberley Jean Mcdougall was born Jan. 1 at 4:05 p.m. at Vernon Jubilee Hospital.

She is the daughter of Vernon residents Kristy Obando-Ortiz and Shane Mcdougall, of Vernon. A granddaughter to Janet and Regan Weed of Vernon, Terry and Louise Mcdougall of Chilliwack and Gladyz Ortiz of New York.

Aberley, weighing five lbs, 15 ounces, took her parents by surprise as she wasn't expected to arrive until Jan. 4. But her early delivery was welcomed by all.

"Everyone was rooting for that, everyone was saying it was going to be a New Year's baby," said mom Kristy.

Kristy and Shane were also delivered another surprise, while recovering in the hospital Wednesday. An annual tradition, each New Year's baby is presented with a basket brimming with hand-stitched blankies, booties and bonnets by the hospital auxiliary. Flowers (donated by the Vernon Square Safeway), diapers and wipes (Buy-Low Foods), a London Drugs gift certificate and other special gifts also filled the basket (donated by Fishers Hardware).

Look for more details in Friday's Morning Star.


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