Cait Holmes and Daniel Buckland are the proud parents of Powell River’s first baby of 2019. Kai Buckland arrived Wednesday, January 2, at 7:19 pm weighing eight pounds, two ounces. He joins two-year-old sister Sydney.
“She’s pretty stoked,” said Holmes of Sydney’s reaction to her new brother.
The baby was expected to be born in 2018, she added.
“He was due December 27. That’s what the doctors had figured from the ultrasound.”
Holmes and Buckland opted to have their second child at home.
“It was a really good experience,” said Holmes. “My last birth was long and drawn out with lots of medical procedures. This one being a home birth and being so easy was just a nice treat.”
Attending midwife Elisha Manson said it is gratifying to see the number of local parents opting to have their children at home. She noted that it was the second year in a row Powell River's first baby of the year was a home birth.
The parents announced the baby's name on January 5.
"We have decided to name him Kai, which has many wonderful meanings," said Holmes, "including ocean, sea, rejoice and lovable."