Eleven families in Niagara have a new reason to celebrate New Year’s Day.
Gabriella Barde was one of 11 babies born at Niagara Health on Jan. 1, 2022, making her grand debut at 7:14 a.m. She weighs 6 pounds, 4 ounces and is 49 cm long.
She is the first child of proud parents Jenny Rose and Michael Laurence Barde of Niagara-on-the-Lake, who moved to Canada from the Philippines in August 2021.
“Before I gave birth, I was really nervous to deliver the baby, but when I saw her, everything changed,” says Jenny Rose. “It’s worth the wait and the pain. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be.”
Jenny Rose says her water broke almost immediately after the clock struck midnight.
Due on Jan. 11, Gabriella surprised her parents early – and by giving her family two reasons to celebrate Jan. 1 – and was also a welcome surprise regardless of her birthday.
“We’ve been married for about three years and thought we couldn’t have children,” says Michael Laurence. “Around the same time we were approved to move to Canada, we were surprised and so excited to find out that we were having a baby. I’m super happy. I was crying in the room too during the delivery. Honestly, we were quite surprised and didn’t expect it to be on New Year’s Day. It’s a memorable day.”
Congratulations to all of the families.