Ottawa welcomes first baby of 2021

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Ottawa's first baby of the new year gave herself some extra time to distance herself from 2020.

Harlow Winter Margaret Bianco was born at 12:09 a.m. at the Family Birthing Centre at the Montfort Hospital, joining a new generation that's already being dubbed the "coronial" generation — a reference to the fact they were conceived and born during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We were joking that she just hung on for those extra couple minutes so she wasn't born in 2020," said Brandy McCann, Harlow's mum.

"She wanted no part of 2020." said Harlow's dad, Bruce Bianco.

McCann said it took her a moment to realize everyone was shouting that Harlow was the first baby of the new year.

"You're just kind of out of it, so you're like, 'That's great,'" she said, laughing.

Baby joins 4 siblings

Harlow went home a few hours later and met her siblings Payton, Marcus, Mason and Cormac, who were staying with other family, over video chat.

Both parents said they're excited to begin the new year and a new chapter in their lives.

"It just makes you really grateful for your family and this new start and this new year," said McCann.