- Our Town
Nanaimo couple celebrates birth of first Vancouver Island baby of 2016
It’s a girl. Donald Joe and Roseline Frank, both of Nanaimo, welcomed Ellie Joe into the world at 12:22 a.m. on New Year’s Day in Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.
Ellie was the first baby born on Vancouver Island. The second was born in Victoria at 12:25 a.m. The first baby in British Columbia was born at 12:15 a.m. in Surrey.
Frank’s due date was Jan. 4.
“We weren’t expecting this, we’re really excited for her, our only thought was ‘hey, you know what? It’s Jan. 1 and the whole world is celebrating her birth,’” Joe said.
“It’s definitely our best New Year’s by far. “
Ellie has three stepbrothers and one stepsister.
“They’re jealous already,” Frank said.
Ellie weighs eight pounds three ounces and Frank was in labour for approximately 12 hours.
“She came out pretty quiet and it seemed like she came out fast,” Frank said.
Mother, father and baby spent New Year’s Day relaxing in NRGH.
“She’s got a good set of lungs on her and a good grip. She’s strong and healthy and that’s the main thing,” Joe said.
Ellie shares her Jan. 1 birthday with her grandfather, Raymond Frank, who was also born in Nanaimo, in 1953.
“We haven’t heard anything about the other families yet but we do congratulate them on their babies,” Joe said.