First 2017 baby at PCH born to Lot 16 couple

Colin MacLean
Published on January 4, 2017

Baby Rice sleeps in her father’s arms only hours after being born at Prince County Hospital. Baby Rice, whose forever name hasn’t been chosen yet, was the first baby born in the hospital in 2017, arriving at 10:52 p.m. Tuesday evening. Her parents are Nancy Manderson and Stephen Rice.

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She doesn’t have a name yet but she’s already stealing hearts.

Baby Rice, as she’s going by until her parents work out her forever name, made her appearance to the world at 10:52 p.m., Jan. 3, earning her the distinction of being the first baby born in Prince County Hospital in 2017.

Her parents are Nancy Manderson and Stephen Rice of Lot 16. She weighed nine pounds and 15 ounces at birth.

New parents Nancy Manderson and Stephen Rice of Lot 16 welcomed Prince County Hospital’s first baby of 2017 Tuesday night.

She was all bundled up Wednesday afternoon, sleeping in her grandmother’s arms, then her father’s when the Journal Pioneer stopped by for a visit.

Baby Rice was originally scheduled to arrive on Jan. 1, so her parents joked that they had a chance of having the Island’s first baby of 2017, but she hung on for a couple of extra days.

They’re all just happy she and mama are both healthy and happy, said grandmother Sheila Manderson.

“I think she’s perfect. I’ve already sent numerous emails, text messages, phones calls – everybody knows,” she gushed.

P.E.I.’s first baby was Isabelle Marie Moher, born at 6:46 a.m. on Jan. 1 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown to Victoria MacQuarrie and Ian Moher.