Feature Story                                                                 Tuesday, January 3, 2016



It's a Boy!

Chilliwack's 2017 New Year's Baby was supposed to be born last year

Staff/Submitted photo

f course babies never pay attention to due dates. They arrive when they're good and ready. Such was the case with Chilliwack's first resident in 2017, who was three days late.

Ginny and Steve Klassen expected the baby on December 27th. But days went by and there were still no  


On Friday the 30th, she talked with her midwife and they planned an induction the following week. But Klassen wasn't so sure about that and quipped the birth would be sooner.

"We joked that we would see each other the next day instead and have the New Year's baby," said Klassen in an email Monday.

Low and behold, her contractions started the next morning.


"We went to the hospital after lunch to see how things were progressing, and after a little while decided to go back home as things were still in the early stages," explained Klassen.

That evening, the couple decided to take little Lachlan for walk to try and get things moving. Apparently, it worked and her water broke at 1 A.M.

So, back to the hospital they went, driving carefully, a little too slow in her mind even in the snow.


As is usually the case, it's the mom who's calm, but the dad's freaking.

"We walked into our room at 2am, and Lachlan Charles arrived fast and furious at 2:05am. Our midwife barely arrived in time."

Lachlan weighed in at a healthy 8lbs. 7 oz. and the little prince was loaded with smiles for The Voice's women readers.

Lachlan's going to be getting all the love he can handle Aside from wonderful parents, he has two older sisters that'll also be doting over him.

Last week, the BC government released a list of the top baby names in the province.

For the first time, Oliver is the top name for boys born in B.C. according to the Vital Statistics Agency.

For the past five years, Emma and Olivia have been the top two names for girls born in B.C. and for the year 2015, Emma takes the prize and Olivia falls to second place.

Rounding out the top five names for girls born in the province in 2015 were Emily, Sophia and Ava.

For baby boys born in 2015, the remaining top five names include Ethan, Liam, Benjamin and Lucas.

The top names list is traditionally based on the exact spelling of names. However, when looking at different spellings of the same name, we have some new additions.

For girls, the top five names are Emma, Olivia, Sophia/Sofia, Emily/Emilee/Emilie and Amelia/Emelia/Emilia.

For boys, the top five names are Jackson/Jaxon/Jaxson, Lucas/Lukas, Oliver, Ethan and Liam.

Only names whose frequency occurs five or more times are listed.

There were 44,405 babies born in B.C. in 2015, consisting of 22,819 boys and 21,586 girls.

Preliminary statistics from Jan. 1, 2016, to Dec. 12, 2016, show that for babies born in 2016, the top name for boys is Lucas and the top name for girls is Olivia. Final statistics will not be available until later in 2017.



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