Meet Allyson Aqatsiaq-Perry, Nunavut’s New Year baby
“We were just so happy, celebrating New Year’s with the little baby”
Igloolik’s Tracy Aqatsiaq and Steve Perry celebrated a special event early in the morning of this past New Year’s Day: the birth of a new daughter, who they believe is Nunavut’s first new-born baby of 2013.
The baby’s full name is Allyson Qaumagiaq Jeannie Bernice Aqatsiaq-Perry. Her second name, Qaumagiaq, means “January.”
“We are so thankful our daughter was born with no complications and is a healthy little girl,” Aqatsiaq said.
Allyson, who weighed in at six pounds, 10 ounces, was given a seal skin baby bag by hospital staff for being Nunavut’s first baby of 2013.
The couple and Allyson’s older brother, eight-year-old Lazarus Aqatsiaq, travelled from Igloolik to Iqaluit’s Qikiqtani General Hospital Dec. 19 to wait for the birth.
The baby, due in the middle of January, came a few weeks early, Aqatsiaq said.
“My water broke with all the fireworks going on,” she said.
“I thought I was going to be in labour forever, but my dad had been telling me what his mom had been telling about pregnant ladies having to go outside to get fresh air so the labour won’t be so long,” she said.
Aqatsiaq was in labour for only two hours and “became a believer because she came out so fast,” she said.
The pain was all worth it, Aqatsiaq said, adding that “we were just so happy, celebrating New Year’s with the little baby.”
“It’s so unbelievable. We weren’t expecting her to come until the middle of January,” she said.
One baby was born a few days after Allyson, while another was born a few days before her. Both of the mothers are from Igloolik.
Allyson’s father, Steve Perry, echoed his partner’s sentiments.
“I was elated,” he said.
From his perspective everything “went pretty smoothly,” he said with a laugh.
“We kind of fell right in the middle.”