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New Year’s baby makes early arrival

It was a fight to the finish line for little Ramon Zuria, but the six-pound, 13-ounce baby boy took first place in the race to be the first baby born in Greater Victoria in 2007.

His mother, Kirsten Norn-Whittaker, was surprised to even be in the running.

“Especially since the due date was supposed to be Jan. 15,” she said, Tuesday, Jan. 2.

The View-Royal resident started having contractions about 7 p.m. on Dec. 31. But once she arrived at the hospital, she discovered another woman was also in labour.

“She was ahead of me, more dialated and everything, and then all of the sudden I just went poof. From four centimetres to all of a sudden just having him in an hour and a half,” she said.

Ramon was born at 2:42 a.m.

The pair received a gift basket from the hospital filled with baby blankets, gift certificates, shirts, picture frames, and baby clothes.

“I feel wonderful,” she said. “I’ve never felt so happy in my life.”

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