The first baby born at Royal Inland Hospital in 2014 came late in the day but a couple of weeks early for parents Jenna and Rob Giesbrecht.
Baby Lucas was born at six pounds, 10 ounces, at 4:24 p.m. Wednesday.
The Giesbrechts didn't panic when Jenna's water broke at 12:30 a.m. and they had to make the drive from their Logan Lake home to Kamloops.
For one, Lucas is their second child. His big brother, Jacob, was born 20 months ago, said Rob.
And Jenna is a nurse in the hospital's maternity ward, so she felt right at home when they arrived at about 3 a.m.
She's on a first-name basis with the nurse who admitted her. And the nurse who helped her give birth to Lucas also aided her when Jacob was born, said Jenna.
"Everybody knows me," she said.
Being so comfortable in the ward made the 12 hours spent waiting for Lucas to arrive easier. She said the contractions didn't start until the afternoon. Lucas didn't wait long after that.
"Once things started happening, it went bam," she said. "I guess I pushed for four minutes."
Rob said his wife's experience as a nurse paid off more for him when Jacob was born. He didn't have any idea what to expect, so she walked him through it.
"For her, it was just an everyday thing, except she was in the middle of it," he said.
Rob, a welder with New Gold, had booked a week off at the middle of the month when Lucas was expected. He planned to move the vacation time up so he could spend more time with his wife and sons.
The couple looked forward to getting home and being together as a family.
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