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Late arrival makes Fort Macleod history

Fort Macleod’s 2019 New Year’s Baby, Vayda James Ann Ducharme.

Brett and Cassie Ducharme and big brother Fischer with New Year’s Baby Vayda.

Vayda James Ann Ducharme was seven days late, but she still made Fort Macleod history.
Vayda was born at 2:51 p.m. Jan. 7 weighing nine pounds two ounces and 22 inches in length to become Fort Macleod’s 2019 New Year’s Baby.
It was an honour Vayda’s parents Brett and Cassie Ducharme thought had passed the family by.
“She was due Jan. 1 so I was hoping that she would be,” Cassie Ducharme said. “After she was so far overdue I thought there would be no chance.”
Vayda, who was born at Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge, was last week declared the winner of the Fort Macleod and District Chamber of Commerce New Year’s Baby contest.
Cassie Ducharme said it was an easy labour. Contractions started at 4 a.m. and Vayda was delivered by Dr. Adolphe at 2:51 p.m.
“Compared to my first one it was an easy birth,” said Cassie, who delivered her son Fischer by emergency caesarian section.
The name Vayda comes from a character in the move My Girl, while James is a family name.
Grandparents are Irene and the late Kim Ducharme of Fort Macleod, Kathy and Tim McLennan of Coaldale and Debbie and Bruce Beasley of Magrath.
Chamber administrative assistant Ashley Nelson canvassed Fort Macleod businesses to collect an impressive assortment of gifts for the New Year’s Baby and her family.
The businesses and gifts are as follows:
• Avail CPA, elephant stuffy and blanket.
• Bloem Floral Designs, socks.
• Fort Macleod Early Childhood Development Coalition, tote with a Tim Hortons gift card.
• Crazy Stitch, a night light and ornament.
• Hansen Family Foods, $50 gift card.
• Fort Macleod Library, family membership.
• Fort Pharmacy, diapers and wipes.
• Greenery on Main, soother, Willow Tree trinket memory box, socks and a stuffy rattle.
• Homestead Bakeshop, pastries.
• Jon’s Independent Grocer, large box of diapers and wipes.
• Next Home and Garden, giraffe stuffy.
• Over the Moon Keepsakes and Treasures (Jaymie Lippa), 3D hands and feet casting.
• Perfect Touch Massage, free pedicure.
• The Macleod Gazette, on-line subscription.
• Sarah Tricker Alchemy, angel ornament.
• Fort Macleod and District Chamber of Commerce, balloons.

Brett and Cassie Ducharme and big brother Fischer with New Year’s Baby Vayda.

Fort Macleod’s 2019 New Year’s Baby, Vayda James Ann Ducharme.

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