Beau Pilkington wasn’t impressed about being the centre of attention last week.
Lillooet’s New Year’s Baby – only 12 hours old – slept peacefully cradled in his mom’s arms as his family accepted a $500 New Year’s Baby cheque from Elks President Paul Lauzon and posed for the Lillooet News. Beau’s rambunctious big brother Hunter, 4, climbed and bounced on the hospital bed while his sister Raquel, 2, quickly diapered the teddy bear brought by Lauzon.
The Lillooet Quilters Guild donated a blue boy’s baby quilt to the family and Beau was wrapped in it for his photos.
Baby Beau arrived at 1:48 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11, weighing in at 8 lb. 4 oz., with a length of 49 centimetres.
Mom and Dad, Robyn and Rod Pilkington, moved their young family to Lillooet on Dec. 17 and have been busy getting their new home ready for the arrival of their third child.
Robyn told the News the baby was due Jan 7, “but I kind of had a feeling he wasn’t going to come until our home was ready and comfortable. We worked really hard to get everything settled. As soon as I put the last of his room together and his little onesies away, then BAM!”
Young Beau didn’t waste any time – he was caught by his dad and Nurse Amy Bordas before the doctor could arrive.
“Once we got to the hospital, he was born within two hours,” said his mom.
The Pilkingtons moved to Lillooet from Dawson Creek.
Dad Rod, who’s employed as a distribution lineman by BC Hydro, has family connections to this area and lived here for six years.
The baby’s grandmother is Cheryl Pilkington and his great-grandparents were Seton Portage residents Shirley and Ken Messenger.
“We are so happy to come back here,” Rod Pilkington told the News. “We jumped at the chance to move here when this position (with Hydro) came up.”