SUMMERSIDE – Swaddled in the same white blankie his mother was welcomed into the world with, little Liam Wendell Ellis-Postma handled his first taste of media attention like a champ.
Liam was born at 9:38 a.m. on Jan. 2, 2014, making him the first baby born in a Prince County Hospital this year.
He weighed seven pounds and nine ounces.
His proud parents are Lori Ellis of Summerside and George Postma of Newton.
“We’re thrilled,” said Ellis as she packed her things on Monday to take Liam home for the first time.
Unfortunately, Liam can’t claim the title of first baby born on P.E.I. in 2014 overall – that title when to baby Dmitry, son of Kathryn Negonova and Max Negonov of Souris. He was born New Years Day at 11:15 a.m. at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
That’s OK that they missed out on the “title” as it were, said Ellis, she’s just happy Liam was healthy.
Everything went well in the birth, she reported, no problems throughout and a healthy baby as a result.
She gave a lot of credit to the staff at PCH for easing her through the process.
“The staff here are amazing. If I could make any comment on the whole experience it would be how wonderful the whole staff are, “ she said
While his parents were chatting, Liam was content to just sit and listen, cuddled up in his mother’s arms. He didn’t make a sound during the interview; his only movement being opening closing his eyes occasionally.
“He’s very well tempered, so far,” remarked Ellis, “I know that’s going to change – but you couldn’t ask for better.”
He is also something of a trendster already.
Liam was the most popular boy’s name on P.E.I. for the past two years, according to recent numbers released by the provincial vital statistics office.
There were 11 Liams named in P.E.I. in 2013 (as of Dec. 27), this was followed by 10 Hunters and Connor and Jack filling the other top names.
Ellis and Postma insist they weren’t trying to be trendy when they named their son. The name just seemed to fit.
“It just seemed like a nice name. Different, but not so different that it would be confusing to people,” said Ellis.
“Just a nice straight forward name,” added Postma.