Genna Gallant couldn’t deliver on her father’s Christmas wish.
She waited, instead, to usher in the New Year with a bundle of joy.
Gallant, 23, of North Wiltshire says her father, Ian Gallant, was convinced that his first grandchild would arrive on Dec. 25.
“He thought it would be fun – a good Christmas present – to have a baby girl,’’ she said.
The baby, though, had other plans.
Rather, Cadence Lynn Mayhew made her mark as the first baby born on Prince Edward Island in 2013.
Weighing seven pounds and seven ounces, the baby girl with blue eyes and dark brown hair arrived at 12:04 a.m. Tuesday, just four minutes into the New Year.
Grandpa, who paced the maternity floor of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown, was no less thrilled by the arrival coming several days after he had hoped.
Baby girl a very nice present -
“He’s on cloud nine: very, very excited,’’ said Gallant.
She and her husband, Terry Mayhew, are of course also delighted over the birth of their first child.
The timing is quite special as well.
“It’s exciting,’’ said Gallant.
“Something she’ll be able to brag about (in a few years). We’ll do that for her now.’’
Gallant says New Year’s Day will from now on be a double celebration that marks both the birth of a newyear and celebrates each anniversary of her child’s birth.
The first baby born in 2013 in Summerside arrived at 1:26 a.m. at Prince County Hospital.
Stacey Enman and Adam Ballen of Tyne Valley our the proud parents of a baby boy that weighed in at eightpounds and seven ounces.