WALKERTON – Jessica and Christopher Barnes of Kincardine are the proud parents of the South Bruce Grey Health Centre’s first baby of 2022, Robert “Robbie” Anthony Barnes.
He was born on Jan. 1, 2022 at 6:43 p.m. at the R. J. Creighton Family Birthing Centre in Walkerton, and weighed 7 lb. 3 oz.
Little Robbie is doing great, said his delighted parents.
“We’re just thrilled,” they said. “We’re so happy.”
He’s been welcomed into a “big and warm extended family,” said the excited parents. The first grandchild on Jessica’s side and the first grandson for Chris’ family, Robbie has two little cousins, Charlotte Dobbin and Scarlett Triggiani.
Jessica and Chris are originally from the Greater Toronto Area but have been in Kincardine for about 10 years. Both are employed at Bruce Power and have been married for seven years.
Jessica couldn’t be more pleased with their experience at the hospital in Walkerton.
“They were absolutely wonderful,” she said, referring to Dr. McArthur and staff. “The nurses were absolutely incredible.”
She said that for two days, Robbie was the only baby there. She stayed for two nights, and the nurses looked after Robbie to give his parents some badly needed rest.
“We’ve been telling our families about the care we got in Walkerton,” she said.
Chris added, “In the city, you’d never get that.”
Jessica and Chris said they’d been hoping Robbie would be born New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day – and they got their wish. He was actually due New Year’s Eve.
“Unbelievable!” they said.
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times