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Kelowna's 2014 baby marks number 7

Meet 7 pound 3 ounce A.J. Bohemier, Kelowna's newest face of 2014.

“He's our little baby, our little man,” giggles gushing new mom Jessica Carterer.

Bohemier came into the world at 4:37 a.m. Jan 1 becoming Kelowna's and the Okanagan's first newborn of the new year.

“We knew we had had the first baby in Kelowna of 2014 and then the nurses were emailing all the other hospitals back and forth and then at about 10 a.m. they came over and told us we had the first baby for the Okanagan,” explains dad Andrew Bohemier. “So it was pretty neat.”

Parents Carterer and Bohemier are well seasoned as AJ is the seventh child in the family, but mom says labour never gets any easier.

“No, no, I think it is the same every time. You still don't know what to expect. Like you do logically now but you don’t because you forget the pain and that's why you agree to have another one,” laughs Carterer.

AJ joins 6 brothers and sisters ranging in age from 4 to 19-years-old, his next oldest sibling is 4-year-old Mia, who is over the moon about her newest human doll.

Mom and dad were also both from families with seven kids so this seems like the perfect number for their combined family, and they say this is likely the last one for them.

Mom and dad shared with Castanet that all the media excitement over the first 2014 birth has been exciting, but it was 91-year-old grandpa Joseph Bohemier's pure joy and emotion over holding his newest grandson, 91 years younger than he, that was a truly special moment.

“He held him in his arms and said his eyes were watering, it was amazing,” shares Bohemier about his dad holding his newest son.

It was of course the first new year's baby for this couple, but it was also the first new years baby for their 30 year veteran doctor.  

“The doctor is quite excited, in 30 years of delivering babies this is first. She has of course delivered babies on New Year's Day before but never the first one,” says Carterer.

A.J., mom and dad are heading home today and are extremely grateful to the nursing staff at KGH, and Dr. Graham for their perfectly cute and healthy new baby boy.

“He has lots of hair and he looks like both of us,” smiles dad while looking at this new son.



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