An unexpected New Year’s Eve arrival in Elk Valley

Baby Esme was supposed to be a 2012 baby, but just couldn’t resist arriving early in time for New Year’s Eve’s parties!

  • Jan. 5, 2012 8:00 a.m.
New dad Andrew Egan and mom Patrice Mousseau with baby Esme.

New dad Andrew Egan and mom Patrice Mousseau with baby Esme.

Baby Esme was supposed to be a 2012 baby, but just couldn’t resist arriving early in time for New Year’s Eve’s parties!

Her parents Patrice Mousseau and Andrew Egan were heading from Kamloops to Elkford, where Andrew was due to start work at Tec Cominco on January 1.

Shortly after arriving in Elkford on Friday, Patrice went into labour, two weeks early.

Andrew rushed her to hospital in Fernie where Esme Sophia Mousseau Egan was born at 3:23 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. She was 7 lbs 3 oz but she had some breathing difficulties associated with being premature, and she was airlifted to Cranbrook and then to Kamloops.

Thankfully, she was given a full bill of health and the parents from Winnipeg are delighted with their first child.

Andrew started his new job in the Environmental Department on January 3 in the end. He said at one point he had worried he might have to deliver the baby himself in his car, and was relieved that didn’t happen.

See next week’s Free Press for the Elk Valley’s New Year Baby.