COURTENAY, B.C- The first baby of 2018 in the Comox Valley has been born at the new North Island Hospital.

According to her parents, Autumn Rose Peerens entered the world around 8:40 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Father Darren Peerens and mother Paige Dalby made their way up from Qualicum Beach to the hospital for the birth, in “an orderly fashion”.

As for the name, it was inspired by two things.

“For the time of year, and Rose, we like the middle name as Rose,” said Darren.

“When she was born, she was actually red, like a rose.”

The couple were happy to be the first in 2018.

“It feels great,” said Darren.

“It wasn’t something that we were going to expect, but it ended up happening, when we found out that she was the first one.”

Darren also said the new hospital was “beautiful”.

“Our other daughter that is two and a half, she was born over at the old hospital,” said Darren.

“Definitely nicer here.”