Jorie Tuit joins her mom Elaine with newborn sister Hallie Rae and dad Rob at Victoria General Hospital after Hallie gave everyone a surprise with a quick birth this morning at home, making her Victoria’s first baby of 2018. Rob Tuit photo

Victoria’s first baby of 2018 a surprise for mom and dad

Hallie Rae Tuit was born at home, in the laundry room

The Tuit family had planned a quiet New Year’s Eve at home, just mom, dad and two-year-old Jorie.

But when Elaine’s contractions started just after 1 a.m., her husband Rob says he figured she’d be in labour for at least another 24 hours, like she was with Jorie.

“It just literally went from being okay, to ‘I have to push’,” Rob says.

Hallie Rae Tuit made her debut at 4:53 a.m., weighing 8lb. 4 oz. hand delivered to her mom, by her dad, in the laundry room of their Brentwood Bay home.

“I called an ambulance, and five minutes later, a baby came out,” he says. “Ten minutes after that, the ambulance arrived.”

He’s chuckling now as he recalls his hectic morning, gathering blankets and pillows and corralling a two-year-old with a screaming wife and a 911 dispatch operator on the phone.

“I’ve been a firefighter for a lot of years so I was able to stay calm,” he says. “But I haven’t delivered a baby before.”

Despite Elaine being almost five days past her Dec. 27 due date, Rob says neither of them thought they would become parents of Victoria’s first baby of 2018.

Both Elaine and Hallie are now resting comfortably at Victoria General Hospital.

RELATED: First Canadian New Year’s babies delivered at the stroke of midnight

British Columbia’s New Year’s baby came just seconds after midnight, a baby girl born to a family in Surrey, weighing 8 lb. 7 oz.

Shortly after, at 1:23 a.m., Vancouver Island’s first baby of 2018, Chase Luca Taylor, was born to his Nanaimo parents Bruce and Paige, weighing 9 lb. 11 oz. at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

The New Year’s babies are always the first symbol of a new year, according to the ministry of health, more than 44,000 babies are expected to be born in British Columbia in 2018.

kristyn.anthony@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Historic gold rush-style steam crawler to be showcased on the North Island

Construction for historic Hornsby Crawler structure approved for Coal Harbour

SYMPHONY SPLASH: Movie music keeps things fun at Splash

Victoria Symphony event is far more than just a classical music concert

Campbell River ‘WWII aficionado’ checks something off his bucket list

‘Ironically, as noisy and hot as the old bird is, it brings about a deep sense of euphoria and calm’

EDITORIAL: ‘Dislike’ of homeless people a red herring

Negative actions of the few do little to engender empathy for plight of unhoused campers

From chip bags to dirty jars, touring Greater Victoria’s recycling processing plant

Cascades Recovery in Rock Bay processes about 66,000 kilograms of materials per day

BC Games: Day 3 wrap and closing ceremonies

The torch in the Cowichan Valley has been extinguished as Fort St. John gets ready to host the 2020 BC Winter Games

Police confirm girl, 8 others injured in Toronto shooting; shooter dead

Paramedics said many of the victims in Danforth, including a child, were rushed to trauma centres

Why do they do it? Coaches guide kids to wins, personal bests at the BC Games

Behind the 2,300 B.C. athletes are the 450 coaches who dedicate time to help train, compete

Bathtub racing has new world champ

Trevor Short wins the Great International World Championship Bathtub Race in Nanaimo

Multi-vehicle crash along the Malahat leaves traffic crawling

Southbound lane heavily delayed at Malahat Summit

Ticats deal Johnny Manziel to Montreal Alouettes

Hamilton trades ‘Johnny Football’ in CFL swap involving 5 players

Government sets full-time salary range for Justin Trudeau’s nanny

At its top range, the order works out to a rate of $21.79 per hour, assuming a 40-hour work week

Lower Mainland teams battle for baseball gold at BC Games

Vancouver Coastal squeaked out a 3-2 win against Fraser Valley

Truck catches fire between Tofino and Ucluelet

“We do recommend that everybody carries a fire extinguisher in their vehicle for just that reason.”

Most Read