CARBONEAR, NL — When Jessica Slade first laid eyes on her newborn son Malakai earlier this month, he was snugly wrapped in a Christmas stocking.
The look was befitting for baby Malakai Allan Edsel Squibb, who turned out to be Carbonear General Hospital's Christmas baby and New Year's baby following his birth Jan. 3, 2018. It's the first child for Slade and her fiancée, Joshua Squibb of Bishop's Cove.
"I just couldn't stop crying," the proud mother told The Compass when asked about her reaction to seeing Malakai for the first time. "After nine months, it's just kind of hard to explain … looking at him now, how the heck he fit inside me, for one. But it was just amazing, and he's been the best infant I'd say."
Slade, who is originally from Victoria, went to the hospital a day earlier for her weekly check up, with her due date scheduled for the next day. A test of Slade's blood pressure convinced her doctor it would be in her best interest to be induced that afternoon and stay overnight.
With the umbilical cord wrapped around the baby's neck twice, the natural birth option was discarded and hospital staff moved Slade to the delivery room, where Malakai was born by cesarean section at 6:53 p.m. The child's gender was not a surprise, as Slade and Squibb learned it would be a boy 21 weeks into the pregnancy.
"The grandmas couldn’t wait to find out what it was, and I started getting antsy, so we said, 'Why not,'" added Slade with a laugh.
Malakai was reportedly the first baby born at Carbonear General Hospital since mid-December, making him both the Christmas and New Year's baby. His birth weight was eight pounds and 13 ounces.
Since his arrival at the couple's home in Bishop's Cove, Malakai has proven to be a good little infant. He barely cries and doesn't stir too much, according to his mom, who had just put him down for a nap prior to chatting with The Compass.