Meet Henri and Lucas, Quebec's first babies of the decade

Just 32 seconds after midnight, Henri Baillargeon was born by cesarean section at the Cité de la Santé Hospital in Laval.

Babies were born in Montreal and Laval just after stroke of midnight

Henri Baillargeon was born just after midnight and weighs 4.367 kg. (Submitted by Amélie Bouchard)

Just 32 seconds after midnight Wednesday, Henri Baillargeon, Quebec's first baby of the year, was born by caesarean section at the Cité de la Santé Hospital in Laval.

Weighing in at 4.367 kg, Henri was born to parents Amélie Bouchard and Marc-André Baillargeon. 

The couple had a feeling their son would be the first born in 2020, ever since the hospital's medical team told them their caesarean section would be scheduled for 11:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve. 

"I kept looking at the clocks in the hospital," Marc-André Baillargeon said in a phone interview. 

Henri was initially due on Dec. 20, but Bouchard's pregnancy "dragged on" for 12 days, her husband said. 

Bouchard said the hat Henri has been wearing is inscribed with the year "2020" and was actually made by hospital volunteers as a gift for the first baby of the year.

Birth at the MUHC

Eleven minutes after Henri's birth, Lucas Beelen was born at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), weighing in at 3.80 kg. The baby's mother, Marilou Edger, and father Jonathan Beelen are both from Montreal. 

In a Facebook post Wednesday, the MUHC said Lucas and his mother are both doing well. 

With files from Radio-Canada


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