Baby Gia Gatzke’s arrival is one for the history books.
Not only did she make the record books as Vernon Jubilee Hospital’s first born for 2012, Gia broke a 117-year-old record in her family.
She is the first female born on her dad’s side.
“My husband’s family tree goes back to 1895 without ever having produced a female,” said proud new mom Sarah Gatzke, of her first-born.
“So we were expecting it to be a boy.”
Although history would have traditionally proven that Sarah and Rylan’s baby would surely follow the same XY chromosome pattern, the couple left the outcome a surprise.
“We wanted to cling to the hope that it might be a girl,” said Sarah, 26, who lives in Lumby with Rylan, 30.
So when Gia Raelene was born at 1:59 p.m., weighing in at 7 pounds and eight ounces, she was a pleasant surprise to all.
Add to that the fact that she was the first baby born in 2012, and wasn’t actually due until Jan. 4 (just a day before Sarah’s birthday).
“It was a really nice surprise,” said Sarah, who was showered with hand-knitted gifts from the VJH Auxiliary and flowers from downtown Safeway.
Although currently on maternity leave, Sarah works in Vernon as a real estate assistant at Nixon Wenger and Rylan is a foreman at Preb’s Retreading in Lumby.
Gia is a granddaughter to Dennis and Cindy Gatzke of Cherryville, and Roxsy and Marcel Salvas of Lumby. She is also a great granddaughter to Roxsyna and Victor Prebushewski of Lumby and Theresa Richard from Vernon.
Gia is a niece to Nathan Gatzke, Melia Salvas and Danielle Salvas and Gary Ortman.