Lara Joy Thomson was born early, received a lot of gifts
Kim and Jon Thomson had plans for New Year’s Eve that didn’t include being in the hospital.
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Kim Thomson held her newborn daughter Lara Joy as the Welcome Wagon presented the new mom and her husband Jon with a pile of gifts.
“We actually did have some plans to hang out with some friends,” said Kim. “We ended up calling them up a couple of hours before we were supposed to hang out with them and let them know I (was) in the hospital and not getting out.”
Their friends were understanding, because Kim and Jon were going to have their first baby. But Lara Joy Thomson was born more than three weeks earlier than expected.
“We weren’t expecting it nearly this early, at all, that’s for sure” said Jon.
Both proud parents of their first child said there were no signs Lara was going to be premature.
“She was perfectly healthy throughout the entire pregnancy. I had no complications. She just decided to come early,” Kim said.
The couple lives in Caronport, and when Kim started to go into labour, Jon had to drive them to Moose Jaw’s Union Hospital.
“I tried to stay as calm as possible, mostly to help her out,” Jon said.
They knew Lara was going to be a girl, and Jon was just excited to meet his daughter.
He said the roads were fine, but he stayed calm and collected while driving the speed limit the whole way.
“There wasn’t a real hurry. She wasn’t in a painful labour or anything like that. We knew it was going to be quite a while yet,” Jon said.
It was quite a while before Lara would take her first breath. Even though her parents cancelled their New Year’s Eve plans, Lara wasn’t born until 7:08 p.m. on Jan. 1. She was a healthy 6 pounds and 14 ounces.
That made her the first baby born in Moose Jaw in 2014. The New Year’s baby is a long-lasting annual tradition, but the Thomsons didn’t know anything about it until they were at the hospital.
“People were telling us this could be the New Year’s baby, and I was like ‘What does that mean?” Kim said.
“I had no idea this came with it,” John said, gesturing to the pile of gifts from the Welcome Wagon.
Kim said she was overwhelmed to see the items.
“We’re very excited to be able to use it and help our little girl grow up,” she said.
Jon said the company of strangers made them feel very welcomed. Mayor Deb Higgins and Chamber of Commerce CEO Brian Martynook stopped by to present the gifts and check in on the new parents and their newborn.
“We’re both from fairly major cities so it’s kind of a ‘you give birth and you get booted out’ type of thing,” Jon said. “Here, this is just adding to the hospitality of the whole area.”
Kim and Jon hoped to have their girl home on Saturday, but Lara is dealing with jaundice, a common condition in newborns caused by immaturity of the baby’s liver.