Taylor Stutsky’s arrival took some time, more than she’ll know for awhile, but at the stroke of midnight the little girl became the first baby born in B.C. in 2024.
Weighing six pounds, 14 ounces, she was four years in the planning.
“It’s kind of wild,” her dad, Travis, said. “It’s our first child and we actually went to Prague to do (in vitro fertilization) to make her, so it’s been a long journey.”
IVF isn’t cheap, but it’s not as costly in Prague, so Stutsky and wife, Julia Goryn, saved up, “and we made a vacation out of it, too.”
The couple — he’s 31, she’s 35 — wanted a name that began with T, thus Taylor. She has no middle name, yet.
“Four years of trying, it was a long time,” Stutsky said.
Goryn had been pregnant before, but it was an ectopic pregnancy — the fertilized egg implanted itself in one of her Fallopian tubes instead of in the womb.
The couple, who live in Maple Ridge, had a choice between hospital in Burnaby and New Westminster. They chose Royal Columbian in New West because Goryn, a registered nurse, had worked at there while in nursing school and liked the hospital and staff a lot.
“There was such relief for Julia and me, I don’t think I took my eyes off her the whole time,” Stutsky said as Taylor made herself heard in the background as Goryn fed her. “Just seeing the smile on Julia’s face when the baby came out was just amazing for me.”
Taylor’s due date wasn’t until Jan. 28, but Goryn had developed cholestasis, a liver problem that sometimes develops during pregnancy, so labour was induced on New Year’s Eve.
“So Taylor had to come at 37 weeks, instead,” Stutsky said. “It started around 5 p.m., Julia had been pushing, pushing, pushing. She was trying so hard, she was just exhausted so we took a break.
“And then I guess the timing was right, the baby was coming out, she was in the right position, everything was good.”
Stutsky was speaking less than 12 hours after becoming a father. He was exhausted, tired, and really, really happy.
“The baby’s healthy, so couldn’t be happier,” he said.
The first time he held his little girl to his chest he burst into tears of happiness.
“I was so happy for Julia and for my mom (Frannie). My mom’s sister has, I think, six grandchildren and this is my mom’s first grandchild, so I’m just really happy for her to get to be a grandma.”
It was the third time in five years that Royal Columbian had B.C.’s first New Year’s baby, and Stutsky wanted to thank all the doctors and nurses at the hospital and in Prague, and his family and friends for their support.
“And I just want to wish everybody a Happy New Year, be kind to one another.”
In the Interior Health area, Navy Shae was born at 12:40 a.m. at Kelowna General Hospital, weighing seven pounds and seven ounces.
On the Island, Ferguson Kenneth Ouellet Mitchell was born at Victoria General at 2:06 a.m., weighing seven pounds and eight ounces.
And in the Northern Health region, Holland Janzen of Burns Lake was born at 1:04 a.m. in Prince George weighing six pounds and eight ounces.
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