The wind was blowing, the snow was flying and many people were home in the dark when Garrison Cochrane became the first baby born at the Truro hospital in 2018.
Garrison was born at 2:18 a.m. on January 5, to Terra Larkin and Ben Cochrane, although his due date was January 20.
“I had no idea he might be the New Year’s baby until I got to the hospital and they told me,” said Terra. “There were a few babies born between Christmas and New Year’s Eve but then they had a few days with none.”
She knew she had to go out in the storm when her water broke while she was standing inside her home on January 4.
“We had a bag packed but things happened so quickly I forgot to grab it. We just jumped in the car and left.”
The roads were slippery and most of the buildings they passed were in darkness, but they made it to the hospital safely around 8:30 p.m. Unlike the experience during her first labour, Terra had no strong pains until about half and hour before Garrison arrived.
“It was amazing and nerve wracking,” said Ben. “I felt like I should be doing something but there wasn’t much for me to do.”
Terra credits him with helping her get through things easier, by remaining calm.
Garrison was born weighing seven pounds, seven ounces and measuring 20 inches in length, and his father got to cut the umbilical cord.
“They were really great at the hospital,” said Ben. “We were really impressed with them.”
Terra and Ben were surprised when baskets filled with gifts were later brought to their room.
“I didn’t know they gave gift to the New Year’s Baby, but it was really nice,” said Terra.
They were all back home on January 6, with Terra’s eight-year-old son Bryson Larkin and their feline family member Felix.