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Kingston’s first baby of 2019

Kingston, meet Jayden Aukema, your first baby of 2019!

Kingston’s newest resident came into the world at 12:10 a.m. on January 1st with the expert care of doctors and nurses at the Kingston Health Sciences Centre.

“Everything went smoothly and calmly, no rushing,” said father Chris Aukema as he and mother Joanna rested in hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

His parents originally expected Jayden on Christmas Eve, they say, but when that didn’t happen, they were told to wait a week. If Jayden still didn’t seem ready to enter the world of his own volition at that point, they would consider inducing, the Aukemas were told.

And so, the Aukemas returned to KGH on New Years Eve. Jayden, all 4.48kgs and 52cm of him, was still in no rush, making everyone wait another 12 hours or so.

Jayden was in competition for the title of Kingston’s first 2019 baby with a pair of twins, says Chris, but they tapped out early and were born about 6 hours before. As of publication time, no other babies had been born on New Year’s Day, the Aukemas were told.

Jayden is the Aukemas’ second child. At 2 years old, Jayden’s older brother is still too young to really understand what’s going on, says Chris, but his family is sure they’ll be excited to meet each other.

In addition to the healthcare care at KGH, the Aukemas wished to thank their neighbours, the Petersons, for watching over their eldest son during labour and delivery.

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