GTA welcomes the first babies of the new decade
A Toronto mother gave birth to the first baby of 2010 a mere second after the stroke of midnight on New Year's eve.
Baby Eva Violante spent the day at St. Michael's Hospital greeting reporters and photographers just like a celebrity, though she's not yet a day old.
"I thought I was going to be pushing for hours but it just slid out at the right time," said her mother Christiane Hachey.
Hachey said deciding to call her baby Eva has nothing to do with being born on New Year's Eve.
"There's an Eva Road by our house and that's the street we took to get here," she said with a shrug and a smile.
Baby Eva came two days late but she still had stiff competition in the race to be the first baby of the New Year. A second baby girl was delivered three seconds after midnight in Mississauga, then at 10 minutes after the hour, a third baby girl was born in a car parked on the side of the road in west-end Toronto.
Richard and Melissa Sinclair were on their way to the hospital when their baby decided it wanted to celebrate the New Year early. Richard Sinclair pulled his car over on Scarlett Road and called 911.
He was calm and patient as he followed the operator's step-by-step directions on how to deliver his daughter at the side of the road.
The little girl and her mom eventually made it to hospital and they are expected to make a full recovery. For now, the child is only known as Baby Sinclair but considering the morning's drama, her parents say they are seriously considering calling their daughter Scarlett.
Born to much less drama but the same fanfare is Randi Lynn Montford-Vollick, a baby girl born just three seconds after midnight.
Her mother Sarah Montford, who gave birth at Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga, Ont. said all the nurses on duty helped her celebrate her New Year's surprise.
"They all came into my room with little (hats) on their heads that said Happy New Year," she told CTV Toronto Friday. "Everyone had champagne. It was wonderful."
The baby's father Aaron Vollick said the baby came out quicker than anyone expected.
"I was expecting (her to give birth) later this morning," he said.
Randi Lynn wasn't due until January 3 but pushed her mom into labour late Thursday evening to become the first baby born in the Greater Toronto Area in 2010.
Her parents say they are planning to create a scrapbook of the momentous occasion to show their daughter when she grows up.