A Sooke couple has welcomed Vancouver Island’s first baby of 2020, which arrived at Victoria General Hospital.
— Aaron Guillen (@iaaronguillen) January 1, 2020
The baby boy, Reese Campbell Leier, was born at 12:17 a.m., weighing eight pounds, three ounces. He was wrapped up in a blue blanket made by his grandma as he greeted the media Jan. 1.
“There was another lady in labour at the same time so they were trying to get us to race,” said his mother Heather. “We won by 12 minutes.”
This is the second child for Heather and Mike Leier, who has a two-year-old son named Roman.
As an only child, Mike is proud to bring another child into his growing family.
“I’m just glad that he has my hair,” Heather said jokingly.
The first baby in the province to be born this year arrived at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster at 12:01 a.m.
— BC Government News (@BCGovNews) January 1, 2020
It's a boy! Island Health's first hospital birth of 2020 came at 12:17am at Vic General – an 8 pound 3 ounce lad from Sooke. #NewYearsBaby
— Island Health (@VanIslandHealth) January 1, 2020