Veronika Rose Carmichael was born on Jan. 1 at 3:28 p.m. at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, making her the first baby born in 2019 in Nanaimo. (Photo supplied)

Veronika Rose Carmichael was born on Jan. 1 at 3:28 p.m. at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, making her the first baby born in 2019 in Nanaimo. (Photo supplied)

Nanaimo family rings in 2019 with new year’s baby

Veronika Rose Carmichael was born the afternoon of Jan. 1 at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital

Nanaimo’s first baby in 2019 is a little girl.

Veronika Rose Carmichael was born at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital on Jan. 1 at 3:28 p.m. weighing seven pounds, six ounces.

Mother Melanie Carmichael told the News Bulletin she and her husband Sean learned shortly after Veronika was born that she was Nanaimo’s first-born baby in 2019.

“Me and my husband were super excited,” she said. “We were kind of surprised because she wasn’t born until 3:28 p.m. … We figured there would surely be someone before us.”

Veronika was expected to have been born earlier on New Year’s Day.

“My baby was breech so I had to get a C-section,” Melanie said. “We were originally going to have it for the morning but we couldn’t because there was an emergency in the operating room.”

So the Carmichaels weren’t expecting Veronika to be Nanaimo’s new year’s baby, but Melanie said that’s “pretty cool” and the family couldn’t be happier.

Carmichael said she chose the name Veronika because she’d always wanted to have a daughter with that name.

“Ever since I was a kid, if I had a little girl, I always wanted to name her Veronika,” she said. “The middle name is my sister’s middle name.”

The Carmichaels live in Nanaimo and Veronika has an older brother, Anthony.

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