By Dianne Cornish
Waterdown couple Julijana and David Kosovec knew they would be welcoming another addition to their family early in 2013, but they didn’t know she would be making her appearance on New Year’s Day.
Arriving on the scene just two days before her due date, Sofija Ana was born at McMaster Children’s Hospital at 2:40 p.m., Jan.1, tipping the scales at 7 pounds, 4 ounces. Mom and baby came home the very next day and the young family, which includes Sofija’s two-year-old brother, Darko, have happily settled into a comfortable routine.
“She’s a dream,” said her 33-year-old dad, who works from home as a solutions manager for Ariva Canada, a software company headquartered in Mississauga. “She’s laid back and so much less demanding than Darko,” he added.
As Flamborough’s first baby of 2013, Sofija is the winner of the Flamborough Review’s First Baby Contest which offers an array of merchandise and gift certificates from area businesses to the proud parents.
Prizes will also be awarded to Donna and Jeff Carreiro, also of Waterdown, parents of Flamborough’s second baby of 2013, Hayley Violet Carreiro, born Jan. 3 at 2 p.m. at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital, Burlington.
Entries to the contest closed at 5 p.m. last Friday (Jan. 18).
The Kosovec’s got their entry in just under the wire, with the new mom phoning the Review at about 3 p.m. on the closing day to announce that she had had a baby on Jan. 1. Her husband brought the supporting documentation into the Review’s office about one hour before the official close of the contest.
Julijana, 28, said she read about the contest about a week after coming home from hospital. She clipped out the contest rules and put them aside, believing she said, that Jan. 18 marked the opening day of the contest rather than its close. It was only after reading the rules again that she realized her mistake.
Julijana, a stay-at-home mom and trained adolescent therapist, said her second pregnancy was much easier than her first. She had three nights of contractions before going to hospital about 2 a.m. New Year’s Day to give birth to her daughter, but Darko’s birth was a lot more stressful, she recalled. Born Jan. 5, 2011 in Pittsburgh, her son was five weeks premature and weighed just 5 pounds, 12 ounces at birth. He was also delivered by Caesarean section, while her daughter was a natural birth.
Her first pregnancy resulted in two weeks of hospitalization, requiring Julijana and her husband to spend Christmas in the hospital. She was released from hospital about a week before having to return to give birth to her son.
The labour and recovery were much easier this time around, she said. “Everything went very smoothly and (maternity) nurse Melissa was awesome,” she added. Dr. Irma Webb was the attending physician, but a resident doctor delivered Sofija.
Married three years ago, the Kosovecs are of Croatian descent. They lived in Pittsburgh, Pa., for the first couple of years of their marriage before moving to Waterdown in November of last year.
“We’re very happy to be here in this lovely community,” said Julijana. Her husband agrees, noting he likes living close enough to the downtown that they can easily walk there and browse through the many different stores.
As for the possibility of adding to their family again, both agree that they would like more children. “We’d like at least three, if not more,” David said as Julijana nodded in agreement.