Aurora Melody Dawn Heitmann was born New Years Day and is Williams Lake’s first baby of the year. Angie Mindus photo

‘It’s been a long time coming’

Parents of Williams Lake’s New Years baby ecstatic over new addition

Williams Lake’s 2019 New Years baby and her parents will always have quite a story to tell at her birthday.

As they cradled their new daughter Aurora Melody Dawn Heitmann in their arms Wednesday, Roxanne and Micheal Heitmann said she is their first baby after three years of trying to start a family.

“It’s pretty special,” said new dad, Micheal. “It’s been a long time coming.”

“I still can’t believe it’s real,” noted new mom Roxanne.

The couple said they had just got home at 2 a.m. Jan. 1 from a friend’s New Year’s Eve gathering when Roxanne’s water broke.

Roxanne said she was due o have the baby Jan. 7 and didn’t even think that they could have a New Years baby.

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Because she wasn’t having any contractions when her water broke, the couple decided it best to head out from their Russet Bluff home at the end of South Lakeside Drive, through the snowstorm, and to the hospital.

“I drove in the centre of the road, my tracks were the only ones in the snow,” said Micheal. “The roads were pretty bad so once we got to the hospital and they said she was four centimetres dilated we decided to stay at the hospital.”

Roxanne laboured for 15 hours before doctors decided the baby needed to be delivered via C-section and Aurora was born at 6:47 p.m. on the evening of New Year’s Day weighing eight pounds and 15 ounces.

The happy family were still at Cariboo Memorial Hospital on Wrestling Day recovering.

“There’s lots of excitement,” said Micheal of how they are feeling. “It’s pretty cool. She’s just this tiny little thing in my hands. It’s a good way to start the New Year.”

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