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.

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.

Just Posted

First Nations included in latest Columbia River Treaty talks

Seventh round of negotiations between Canada and U.S. wrap up in Washington D.C.

Elk Valley coach sets sight on all girls hockey team

Statistics from BC Hockey show fewer girls are signing up to play… Continue reading

Proposed Hosmer intersection set to improve safety

A proposed intersection in Hosmer aims to improve the safety of those… Continue reading

Maiden Lake flood mitigations to be completed in full

The City of Fernie will forge ahead with all required flood mitigations… Continue reading

Fernie’s Kerri Wall hopes to represent Green Party in federal election

Nelson’s Abra Brynne and Kaslo’s Judson Hansel have also chosen to run

Video shows fireworks shot at swan in Alberta

Alberta Fish and Wildlife is investigating the incident in Grande Prairie

Canada Day fireworks cancelled in Fernie

Fireworks will not feature as part of Canada Day celebrations in Fernie… Continue reading

‘Text neck’ causing bone spurs to grow from millennials’ skulls, researchers say

Technology use from early childhood causing abnormal bone growths in 41 per cent of young adults

B.C. teen killed by fallen tree on field trip remembered as hero

13-year-old Tai Caverhill was the first to spot the tree falling and warned his friends

Surrey RCMP raises Pride flag amid din of protesters

There were about 30 protesters on either side, and 20 Mounties doing crowd control

Should B.C. get rid of Daylight Saving Time?

The province wants to know, as state governments down south make the move

Air Canada reviewing how crew left sleeping passenger on parked plane

In a Facebook post, the woman said she woke up ‘all alone’ on a ‘cold dark’ aircraft

Canadians crash out of Women’s World Cup in 0-1 loss to Sweden

Canada missed a chance to tie the game on a penalty shot

Four-year-old boy assaulted at B.C. soccer game

It happened at a weekend tournament in Ashcroft

Most Read