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Welcome Ellie-Mae! First Baby of 2018!
January 3, 2018

Source: Stratford Beacon Herald

 

Ellie-Mae Olivia Lynne Desjardins was the first baby born in Stratford in 2018.

But parents Jean-Claude and Melissa originally didn't want her to be the New Year's baby – they were hoping to keep her birth a surprise.

“We weren't going to tell anybody we were at the hospital, we were going to wait until we got home,” Melissa said. “Then she came, so we had to tell everybody.”

“Everybody else was gonna,” Jean-Claude added with a chuckle.

Ellie-Mae was due Saturday, but didn't arrive until 2:30 a.m. Monday. She's the Mitchell couple's first child.

Her moniker has family connections as Ellie is Melissa's grandmother's name and Lynne is Jean-Claude's mother's middle name. They were chosen well in advance, but with a last-minute addition.

“We had fertility issues so we've had her name picked out for years,” Melissa said. “The other two names are just names we like. Olivia wasn't supposed to be there, but daddy won.”

It was a familiar feeling heading to Stratford General Hospital as Melissa, 28, works there as a personal support worker on the surgical floor. Jean-Claude, 31, is about to start a new job at Sofina Food's turkey processing facility in Mitchell, where the pair has lived for the last six years. On Wednesday they'll be returning home with their new addition.

Although the first 36 hours since her birth have been overwhelming, Melissa said, Ellie-Mae – she's got a surprisingly thick head of dark hair already – has slept well.

“A very content baby,” Jean-Claude said.

tbridge@postmedia.com