Melfort couple have P.A.’s first baby

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The first baby of the New Year in Prince Albert has some holidays at another facility to thank for starting her life at Victoria Hospital.

Parents Shawna Vanos and Marc Lane welcomed Sierra Marie Lane at 10:20 a.m. on Wednesday.

Shawna’s actual due date was Dec. 26. But some vacations at Melfort Hospital meant the couple had to head 94 kilometres northwest to have the baby in case of complications, Shawna says.

“The C-section surgeons were on holidays and not available so we had to come here just in case,” she says.

It proved to be a good decision after the signs of an impending delivery began on Monday.

“The contractions got heavy (Tuesday) so we came straight here,” Marc says.

They arrived in Prince Albert around 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

“She was in labour for a day and a half,” Marc says. “It was hard labour for 18 hours.”

The eight-pound, 13-ounce baby was eventually delivered naturally. Sierra is 52 centimetres long.

And how is baby doing?

“Awesome,” her 38-year-old father says. “She came out and barely cried. She opened her eyes up, checked everything out and was happy. You can’t ask for anything better. They did all the tests on her and everything is 100 per cent.”

They hope to head home on Friday.

Despite the ordeal of having her first child, Shawna said she was feeling OK late on Wednesday afternoon.

“Really good, surprisingly,” she said when asked. “I’m a little tired.”

It followed what the 38-year-old mother described as a “perfect” pregnancy with very little morning sickness or other complications.

The parents grew up in Creighton and Flin Flon and moved down to Melfort last April to be closer to some of her family.

The engaged couple had planned for little Sierra, and were informed in advance of delivery that she was a little girl.

“We knew what we were getting into,” Marc says. “We were waiting for this day. This last month has been really exciting.”

Marc’s son Baden, 13, who he had in a previous relationship, was visiting Melfort for Christmas from his home in Calgary when all the excitement began.

His mother now has other children so it’s old hat for him.

“It’s my third sibling. I have two on my mom’s side and this is my second sister,” Baden says.  “This isn’t new to me.”

He heads home on Thursday.

Marc, a service technician for Riverside Arctic Cat & RV, has three siblings, who in total have three boys and one girl. Shawna’s twin brother has a girl and a boy.

The family has already had some friends drop by, with relatives expected started on Thursday.

The couple were given a car seat and two large baskets filled with items by Victoria Hospital for having the first baby of the year.

Organizations: Victoria Hospital, Melfort Hospital, Riverside Arctic Cat RV

Geographic location: Melfort, Prince Albert, Creighton Flin Flon Calgary

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