With each new year, comes the first baby of the new year and at the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre the title this year went to Winston Ryker Roasting of the Maskwacis community.
Born just after 7 a.m. Jan. 1, mother Melanie Mackinaw says the birth was a fast one, taking place approximately 10 hours after her first telling pains. “In the evening (Dec. 31) I started having pains,” she explained.
Coming into the world first was a full head of black hair and the rest of Roasting followed, weighing in at eight and a half pounds.
“He as overdue. He was supposed to be born on Dec. 29,” said Mackinaw.
As the third baby of the family Roasting is a much loved addition to his older brother, but Mackinaw says, his older sister, at one year old, took a whole longer to warm up to the stranger, but now she, too is happy to have Roasting around.
“He’s very content. He’s a very content baby,” said Mackinaw.