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Baby Oliver helps family ring in new year

Natalie and Ryan Wing, with baby Oliver and Maddison, 3, at Richmond Hospital Wednesday afternoon. - Matthew Hoekstra photo
Natalie and Ryan Wing, with baby Oliver and Maddison, 3, at Richmond Hospital Wednesday afternoon.
— image credit: Matthew Hoekstra photo

Oliver wasn't supposed to be Richmond's New Year's Baby. With a due date of Dec. 20, that distinction was for someone else.

Oliver, however, thought differently.

After his initial refusal to see the world on the predicted day, the son of Natalie and Ryan Wing arrived at 3:47 a.m. Jan. 1—making him the first Richmond Hospital birth of 2013.

"He's doing fantastic. He's a very hungry boy," smiled his mom in an interview at the hospital.

Oliver made his family wait a nerve-wracking 11 days before making moves toward daylight late New Year's Eve. His nine-pound-15-ounce size eventually forced the hospital's medical staff to perform an emergency C-section to complete his arrival.

"He was too comfy in there," said mom, an esthetician.

His parents gave Oliver two middle names: Warren, the name of Ryan's father; and Joseph, a name belonging to Natalie's dad. It's the North Delta couple's second child, whose first is three-year-old Maddison. All headed home in good health Wednesday afternoon.

The couple had an inclination Oliver could be Richmond's New Year's Baby, but they were facing competition in the maternity ward. In the end, Oliver earned the title.

Dad Ryan, a financial security advisor who grew up in Richmond and graduated from Steveston High, was able to celebrate their new arrival—and the new year—with a mimosa in the morning.

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