January 1, 2018 3:13 pm
Updated: January 1, 2018 10:34 pm

Edmonton’s 2018 New Year’s baby is a boy

WATCH ABOVE: He was due on Boxing Day, but Wallace James Ogletree came into the world as Edmonton's 2018 New Year's baby.

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It’s a boy! Edmonton’s 2018 New Year’s baby came into the world just five minutes past midnight on Jan. 1.

“It was pretty exciting,” mother Kari-Lynn Ogletree said Monday afternoon.

Wallace James Ogletree was born at the Misericordia Community Hospital at 12:05 a.m. to parents Bryan and Kari-Lynn Ogletree. The baby weighed nine pounds zero ounces.

Wallace James Ogletree was born on Jan. 1, 2018, weighing nine pounds.

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Wallace is the couple’s second child. They also have a 16-month-old girl named Spencer.

Wallace was due on Boxing Day, so the Ogletrees thought they would have a Christmas baby, but instead he decided to wait until the new year to come into the world.

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Kari-Lynn said the labour went well. They arrived at the hospital Sunday afternoon and shortly before midnight, they started to get excited about the thought of having Edmonton’s New Year’s baby.

“Started the birth at around 11:55 and we were like, ‘Oh man, we might actually be the first baby.’ So it was pretty cool,” Bryan said.

So what was the inspiration for the name Wallace?

“It’s a character from one of our favourite movies. And James is from Harry Potter — it’s Harry Potter’s middle name. We like Daniel Radcliffe apparently,” Kari-Lynn said with a laugh, “A little too much.”

Edmonton’s New Year’s baby was born at 12:05 a.m. Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

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About 2,800 babies are born at the Misericordia Hospital every year.

The first baby born in Calgary this year was also a boy. He was born just 12 seconds past midnight.

Last year, Edmonton’s New Year’s baby was a girl named Joy. She was born at the Royal Alexandra Hospital at 12:01 a.m.

 

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