Little Kaylani Mae Yano came a long way to earn the title of first baby of 2015.
Born Jan. 2 at 1:27 p.m. at Vernon Jubilee Hospital, weighing six pounds and two ounces and stretching 19 inches, Kaylani is not only the first baby of the year for Vernon, but also the first for Nakusp.
Parents Brodie and Kara Yano are actually from Nakusp. But since the Arrow Lakes Hospital doesn’t have a maternal unit, new parents have the choice of going to either Nelson or Vernon.
So Brodie and Kara took the approximately 200-kilometre trek (about a three-hour-drive if you catch the ferry on time) to VJH.
While Kaylani is a star in their eyes, the new parents never imagined their little girl would become a star so early as the first baby of the year.
“We talked to the nurse and she said that no one else was here and there were no C-sections booked but we were still surprised to have the first baby of the New Year,” said 25-year-old Kara, who works at a restaurant in Nakusp and Brodie, 34, is a logger.
In fact, Kaylani was overdue. Her due date was Dec. 28.
But apparently little Kaylani had plans of her own, and when she did decide to come, it was a good thing her mom and dad were already in town.
“She came so fast I didn’t have time for anything (pain control wise) so I was a little traumatized but she makes it worth it,” said Kara.
Kaylani, whose name means ocean in Hawaiian, captured her parent’s hearts immediately.
Although a rookie at his new job of dad, Brodie looked a veteran as he cradled his baby daughter and could hardly look away from her or stop grinning.
Vernon Jubilee Hospital Auxiliary members were also gushing over the little girl, as they presented her with a basket full of goodies including a handmade afghan, quilt, bibs, sweater, bonnet and other goodies for the new family.
They headed home Sunday, pulling in safe and sound.
“We made it just in time,” said Brodie, as the snow started to fall Sunday afternoon.
“We took our time that’s for sure.”