Richmond’s first new resident of 2014 is quick to get things done himself but still waiting for his parents to name him.
Born at 1:05 a.m. in the maternity ward of Richmond Hospital, the second son of Tanya and Jure Krpan officially became Richmond’s New Year’s baby when he popped out at an even eight pounds, just 12 minutes ahead of another baby in an adjacent room.
Baby Krpan decided he would enter the world at around 10 p.m. as the couple was hosting Tanya’s family for New Year’s Eve celebrations at their home in Seafair. Tanya said she began to feel cramps earlier in the day and combined with the fact her due date was Dec. 28 neither parent ruled out going into labour that night.
“We were kind of joking about having the New Year’s baby. I grew up in Richmond and always read the papers and saw the New Year’s babies. When [Tanya] went into labour, I thought, this could be us,” said home builder Jure Krpan, 33.
The baby is the couple’s second child as they already have a 21-month-old toddler, also a boy.
“He was quick but now he’s calm and cool, so were hoping he stays like that. My other is a little bit rambunctious,” said Tanya Krpan, 34, an interior designer.
A lot of things went right for the Krpan baby to become a small part of Richmond’s history.
Dr. Shelly Jetzer, the Krpan’s family doctor who delivered the baby, had booked the last room in the maternity ward after Tanya had visited her earlier in the morning. Had she not it may have meant a trip to Vancouver.
As the night drew on Tanya felt more cramping and the thought of a New Year’s baby soon crossed both parents’ minds. Tanya went to lie down in the midst of the party and then started having contractions.
“We had family over at my house. We were just having appies and hanging out. Everything was fine and dandy, then around 10 o’clock she started contracting,” said Jure.
But when they arrived at the hospital along with Tanya’s sister they found out another woman was already in full labour.
“We thought it was game over,” said Jure.
As time passed the family had their own little countdown at bedside and resigned the idea that their baby would be the New Year’s baby.
However, an hour later, at around 12:55 a.m. Tanya began frequent contractions and 10 minutes thereafter the baby was born and nurses in the ward announced the big news.
“It happened so fast. We weren’t really paying attention but when we found out it was a really exciting scene,” said Jetzer, who joked about the nurses from each room being in friendly competition with one another.
“They said we beat the there baby and were like, ‘Yay!’ We were so excited,” added Jetzer.
By 2 a.m. the extended family was in the ward celebrating the new addition to the family.
“We’re excited. We couldn’t be happier,” said Jure.