Sharing a birthday with Canada

Jodi Schellenberg
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At the beginning of the year everyone is excited to hear about the New Year’s baby but six months later is another special occasion.

Kimberley and Jeremy Smith hold their newborn daughter Emery Reece, who was born on Canada Day this year.

While other parents were planning trips to the lake or going to celebrations in Kinsmen Park, one family was adding a fourth child to their family.

Jeremy and Kimberley Smith are excited their new daughter, Emery Reece, will celebrate her birthday on a historic day.

“It made her day kind of special,” Kimberley said.

The Smiths said Emery was expected to arrive on June 27, but when she wasn’t born that day they started to predict when she would be born.

“We were joking about it last week that we figured it was going to be on Canada Day and sure enough it was,” Jeremy said.

“It is definitely special,” he added. “It gives her a special day to celebrate and gives special meaning to what Canada is all about, being a positive place for parents to raise their kids.”

Now they are anticipating many Canada Day themed birthday parties in the future.

“I guess we don’t have a choice,” Jeremy joked.

Since it was Canada Day, not all of their family was able to visit the newborn on her birthday.

“We had a few people but not too many,” Kimberley said.

“Most of them are out and about doing stuff, so not everybody was able to come but it was nice to have some people here visiting us for sure,” Jeremy added.

The family was well prepared for the birth, especially since she was due last Friday.

“We thought she was coming early so having her come late definitely gave us lots of time to prepare,” Jeremy said.

The other three children -- who are seven, three and one -- were staying with grandparents until Kimberley and Emery were released from the hospital.

The tired parents know they will have their hands full with four children but couldn’t be happier.

Geographic location: Canada, Kinsmen Park

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