By Dianne Cornish, REVIEW STAFF
It looks very much like little Hayley Violet Carreiro, born Thursday, Jan. 3, at 2 p.m. at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital in Burlington, is Flamborough’s first baby of 2013. If so, the second child of Donna and Jeff Carreiro of Waterdown, has returned baby girls to the limelight after two consecutive years of boys being the first on the scene.
Following close behind was a baby boy, Isaac Peter Janko, born last Friday (Jan. 4) at 8:38 a.m. to Vanessa and Peter Janko of Beeforth Road, just a little northeast of Waterdown.
Both babies are happy and healthy and their parents and siblings are ecstatic with the new arrivals. Hayley has a two-year-old brother, Mason, who according to his mom, “always wants to hold” his baby sister and Isaac has a sister, Noel, who was born June 4, 2011, exactly 19 months before him. Noel calls her brother, “baby,” and “likes to snuggle and pet his head,” said their mom.
Both siblings are adjusting well to the new family additions and the parents, although coping with less sleep in their lives, are adjusting well, too.
Hayley, who tipped the scales at 7 lbs. 10 ounces, was overdue so her mom was induced at 8 a.m., Jan. 3 and she entered the world six hours later. She was delivered by the Carreiro’s family physician, Dr. Phyllis McCord, and “a great team” of nurses, including labouring nurse Melissa. “The whole labour and delivery team was amazing,” said Donna Carreiro.
Hayley was a breach baby up until 37 weeks, when she turned so no C-section was required. Finding out that she was going to give birth to a girl was a special moment for the Waterdown couple, who now have what many refer to as “a rich man’s family.” But the Carreiros, who became Waterdown residents two years ago, are looking forward to expanding their family even more.
“I would like to have four,” said Jeff, who comes from a family of four. “We’ll see what life brings,” his wife said, but hinted that she, too, likes the idea of a bigger family.
Jeff, who has two weeks off from his job as kitchen manager at Jack Astor’s Restaurant in Brampton, has been helping out at home, cooking and cleaning and taking his turn cuddling his new baby girl.
Donna is on maternity leave from her job as a senior client services executive with Speaker’s Spotlight, an agency in Toronto that provides motivational speakers for conferences, events, and fundraising activities. She plans to return to work after her leave. But for now, she is enjoying time at home with her young family.
She and her husband agree that Waterdown is “a good place to raise a family and a special place with a community feel.” They’re particularly pleased with programs available at the Ontario Early Years Centre in town, such as the Mother Goose program on Wednesday nights.
As for their sleeping habits being interrupted by their new family addition, they’re not in the least fazed by it. “It’s just another chance for special moments of cuddling,” said Donna.
The Jankos are also coping with a little less sleep, but aren’t complaining. “So you wake up a few more times during the night, but who cares,” said Peter. “It’s great having the little guy.”
Vanessa agrees, except maybe with the “little guy” description of their new son. “He’s a big boy,” she said, noting that he weighed 9 lbs. 7.9 ounces at birth and measured 21 inches long. All of the clothes that they had bought for him were too small and he is wearing clothing meant for three-month-olds.
Isaac is a happy little boy but has a way of letting his parents know when he wants to be fed or cuddled. “He screams like a tiger,” his dad said with a laugh.
The baby was eight days overdue and induction was scheduled for Jan. 5 but it wasn’t necessary. Vanessa went into labour in the early hours of Jan. 4 and she and her husband and daughter headed out to the Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital at about 2 a.m. They stuck with their plan and dropped off Noel at a friend’s house in Oakville for the night. Obstetrician Santina Andrighetti delivered Isaac about six hours later.
Isaac’s middle name matches that of his dad and his maternal grandfather and is also the same as the middle name of his mother’s nephew. There had been some talk about naming the Jankos’s new baby Peter, but family members thought that would make things too confusing in the household and his parents agreed, and so Isaac won out.
Isaac’s mom, 31, runs a small daycare in the basement of her home. Since December, she has been looking after a friend’s one-year-old son four days a week and she will soon resume that activity. Peter Janko, 37, is a self-employed fabricator and welder.
They have been married for three years and previously lived in Oakville, moving to rural Flamborough in September 2011.
On January 5 of last year, they had a substantial addition to their family when they welcomed three large dogs of lab/Husky/German Shepherd mix into their home. The dogs, Wyatt, Gemma and Sully, are all well behaved, having undergone strict obedience training. They are very gentle with the children and have easily adjusted to the new addition to the family.
With the dogs and the children vying for attention, it makes for interesting dynamics in the household, but everyone is content. And, as far as Vanessa is concerned, there’s room for more. “I love kids’ I’d have another one right away,” she confided last week.
The Carreiros and the Jankos are eligible entries in the Flamborough Review’s annual First Baby Contest that closes on Friday, Jan. 18 at 5 p.m. The contest offers an array of prizes and gift certificates, donated by local businesses, to the first two babies born to Flamborough parents in 2013.
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The Flamborough Review is once again hosting its First Baby Contest, which will award the first two babies born to Flamborough parents in 2013 a slew of prizes.
To enter the contest, the mothers and/or fathers of the first two New Year’s Babies must contact the Flamborough Review office (905-689-2003) and provide written proof of the exact date and time of birth, hospital and a signature with the name of physician. Parents must live within the boundaries of Flamborough. The contest will be open until Jan. 18, 2013 (longer if necessary) at 5 p.m. Winners’ parents will be given a letter of certification by The Flamborough Review which they must present to the listed businesses in order to collect their prizes. The new families will be featured in a future edition of the Flamborough Review. The first baby born will be awarded Prize Package A valued at $270: Tim Hortons, Royal Bank, Fortinos, Bill’s Auto, Dairy Queen, Pizza Hut, Greensville Gourmet. The second baby born will be awarded Prize Package B valued at $230: Tim Hortons, Scotiabank, Parkside Chiropractic Clinic, Jay’s Auto, Dairy Queen, Swiss Chalet, County Ag, Gator Ted’s. (See the advertisements of the participating sponsors for more details). No purchase necessary. Employees of the Metroland and sponsors, as well as members of their household or immediate family are not eligible for this contest.
For full contest details click here.