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Westlock welcomes first baby of 2020

Kenzie Leann Sabourin born Jan. 11
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Kenzie Leann Sabourin is Westlock’s New Year’s Baby for 2020, entering the world at 8:22 a.m. Jan. 11 at the Westlock Healthcare Centre. ABOVE: The Sabourins latest family photo with mom Jordyn, dad Kyron, big brother Kane and the newest arrival who weighed in at seven pounds, five ounces. Les Dunford/WN

WESTLOCK - She took her sweet time, but when she decided to make her journey into the world and become Westlock’s newest resident, she arrived quickly.

Kenzie Leann Sabourin arrived with the sun Jan. 11, at 8:22 a.m., becoming Westlock’s first baby of 2020. She was a healthy seven pounds, five ounces, and parents Jordyn and Kyron Sabourin couldn’t be happier.

“We barely made it to the hospital and then she was born,” said mom Jordyn, after returning home with the new bundle of joy. “We were just waiting at home and nothing was really happening, so I thought I would just go to the hospital to see how far along I am. We literally walked in just after 8 a.m. We walked to the room and then my water broke. She was born a few minutes later.”

The delivery happened so quickly Sabourin’s doctor didn’t have time to rush to the Westlock Healthcare Centre and another doctor had to step in to assist, not that a lot of assistance was needed. Regardless, she’s thankful for all the staff at the facility.

“Dr. Keay was in the hospital just passing by. He walked into the room and caught the baby,” said Sabourin, laughing. “I don’t know why people go to the city honestly because in Westlock you get your own room. There’s never anyone else delivering at the same time, so you get the full treatment.”

The couple’s first child Kane is now two and a half years old, but he didn’t come quite as easily as his sister, with mom enduring 36 hours of labour.

Both parents are lifelong Westlock residents, whose own parents still live in the area. They own and operate Bumper to Bumper, which they bought from Jordyn’s father when he retired, and they plan on raising their young family right where they are.

“We’ll probably be here forever,” said Sabourin, adding it’s too soon to say whether they’ll be expanding the family even more.

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