Father calls P.E.I.'s New Year’s Day baby 'life changing'

Jim Day jday@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on January 3, 2017

Victoria MacQuarrie and Ian Moher cuddle their baby daughter Isabelle at home in Charlottetown after welcoming Prince Edward Island’s first baby of 2017 at 6:46 a.m. on Jan. 1 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — New Year’s Day quickly gave new meaning to Ian Moher’s life.

His first child was born at 6:46 a.m. on Jan. 1 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown – the earliest addition of 2017 to Prince Edward Island’s population.

Moher, 21, says his baby daughter Isabelle Marie Moher gives him true purpose. The birth, he adds, is life changing.
“It helps me get my aspirations in order,’’ notes Moher, who is working to acquire his GED.

“It’s no longer about me any more. I have the ultimate responsibility.’’

Victoria MacQuarrie, 20, still seemed quite overwhelmed Tuesday by the birth of her first child at the healthy weight of seven pounds, eight ounces.

“It all happened so fast,’’ she says, sitting in her apartment just a short time after bringing Isabelle home from the hospital.

Moher is quite proud to have fathered a New Year’s Day baby – the first of two born on P.E.I. on Sunday.

“It’s pretty miraculous, I guess,’’ he says. “I mean, the very first day of the year … no one will forget her birthday.’’

Moher explains the thinking behind the beautiful name he chose for his daughter.

“I know a couple Isabelles – and they are smart.”