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First 2013 baby in Comox Valley ahead of schedule
Chrystal and Niklas Anderson got a bit of a surprise when a routine trip to St. Joseph's General Hospital turned into giving birth to the first Comox Valley baby of 2013.
Frida Mary Anna Amaris Anderson was born at 10:02 a.m. New Year's Day, nearly two weeks before she was due.
"It turned out fabulously, though," first-time mother Chrystal said with a grin Wednesday. "She's the cutest baby I've ever seen."
Frida was due Jan. 12, but when Chrystal went in for some routine tests New Year's Eve morning a few complications had come up so hospital staff induced her labour that day. Chrystal had been in labour for 18 hours when Frida's heartbeat slowed a little and she ended up having a Caesarean section New Year's Day morning.
Frida was born weighing in at just five pounds eight ounces and measuring 19 inches long. And, although she's tiny, she's completely healthy.
"Amazing" is the word both parents quickly used to describe how they were feeling Wednesday.
"Last night I didn't want to go to sleep because I just wanted to stare at her all night," added Chrystal with a laugh.
Chrystal noted Frida is spelled the Swedish way as Niklas grew up in Sweden. Middle names Mary and Anna are family names, and Amaris means 'moon child.'
Chrystal, 28, grew up in the Valley and has worked at Winners for a number of years. Niklas, 30, moved to the Valley about 10 years ago and works designing homes with Jenesys Buildings in Qualicum Beach.
They had actually been in the early stages of building a home for themselves in the Ships Point area when they learned Chrystal was pregnant, and they worked "feverishly" to ready their home for Frida's arrival.
"All the appliances were delivered last week and we had been — like really — trying to it done," said Chrystal, with Niklas chiming in that they just installed their sink and finished the bathroom a couple of days before Frida was born.
But they got the house ready just in time for Frida, and they expected to bring her home to it Thursday.
Chrystal added she believes the first Comox Valley baby of 2013 may have a bit of a quirky personality.
"She has a good personality already; she was wild in the womb," she said, adding during an ultrasound Frida squished her face up against Chrystal's belly, creating a funny ultrasound photo. "She was making pig noses and faces…And I thought like, 'Oh my gosh, what's wrong with her nose?' and the lady's like, 'No, she's making faces at us!'"
Chrystal noted the Valley is lucky to have excellent midwives and hospital staff who work well with each other to make having a baby a great experience.