Births Dec. 18

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AYLWARD-AUDET– Alison Aylward and Christen Audet are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Sophia ('Sophie') Madeleine Audet. Sophie made her first appearance at Montreal's Royal Victoria Hospital on November 14, 2010 at 8:08 pm, weighing 6 lbs, 11 oz. Welcoming Sophie with much love are grandparents Fintan and Ann Aylward of St. John's, and Romain and Luba Audet of Aylmer, QC, as well as numerous aunts and uncles, great-aunts and great-uncles, and cousins on both sides. Special thanks to Dr. Alice Benjamin of Montreal for ensuring Sophie's safe arrival into the world, to Dr. Gillian Aylward of Chapel Hill North Carolina for assisting at the birth, and to cousin Erin Aylward for helping out on the homefront. Christen, Alison and Sophia look forward to their first visits as a family to St. John's and Ottawa in the New Year!

BASSLER/THURING– Timothy Paul Bassler, born October 21, 2010 weighing 9 lbs 7oz. Delightfully welcomed by parents Sarah (nee Thuring) and Paul Bassler, grandparents Tonya and Gerhard Bassler and Annie and Werner Thuring, as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins in Canada, U.S., and Europe.

BUSSEY– Paul and his wife Rebecca Dick gratefully announce the safe arrival of a son, Ryan Douglas Evan, born March 31, 2010, at Ottawa General Hospital. A little brother for Ethan and Charlotte. Proud grandparents Doug and Dorothy Bussey, Monty and Barbara Dick are thrilled once again for this newest little blessing.

DRODGE– Nichole (Penney) & Colin are delighted to announce the birth of their baby boy, Rogan William, born Nov. 16, 2010 at 10:17 a.m., weighing 6 lbs. 8 oz. Equally delighted with Rogan's arrival are first time grandparents Sandra & Gary Penney, Gander and Beverley & Brian Drodge, St. John's. Also welcoming Rogan are great-grandparents Beatrice & Harold Penney, St. John's; great-grandmothers Margaret Clowe, Ferryland & Maude Gosse, St. David's; Aunt Amanda & Uncle Rodney Penney; and Aunt Laurel Drodge.

FAGAN– Kris and Jessica and big brother Oliver are thrilled to announce the newest addition to our family. Baby girl Anna Renee Fagan was born in Calgary, Alberta on December 14, 2010, weighing 8 lbs. 9 ozs. Welcoming baby Anna is Grandpa Barrie Mill and wife Jean of Edmonton, Alberta, uncles Jason, Allan and Kevin, aunts Elaine and Meghan, cousin Noah, as well as a large circle of extended family and friends. Watching over Anna at all times is her Grandma Renee, Nan Sandra and Pop Pat. Many heartfelt thanks to the caring and supportive midwives at Birth Partnership who welcomed and delivered Anna into our arms!

HUTCHENS/SPURRELL– Ben is a proud big brother! Douglas Evan Spurrell was born on September 8, 2010 at the HSC weighing in at 7 lbs. He is the beautiful son of Andrea Hutchens and Sheldon Spurrell. Douglas is also welcomed by his grandparents Norma and Don Hutchens and Eva and Norman Spurrell, great-grandmothers Florence Hutchens and Elizabeth Warren; aunts Karen, Suzette and Karen K, uncles Neil and Scott and cousins Jacob and Rebecca along with many other family members and friends. Many thanks to Dr. Pike, Dr. Singleton and the wonderful case room staff for Douglas’ safe arrival.

JACOBS/STEAD– Michael, Lisa and big brother Peter are happy to announce the arrival of Lilly Clare Marie (7.0 lbs.) on June 8, 2010. Proud grandparents are Carol and Calvin Jacobs (Happy Valley-Goose Bay) and Rosalie and Leo Stead (St. John’s).

KELLOWAY– John, Nancy (Downey) and big sister Courtney are tickled pink to announce the arrival of Natalie Grace on October 26, 2010 weighing 8 lbs., 3 ozs. Welcoming with love are proud grandparents Tom Kelloway, Shirley Luffman, Dave and Lorriane Downey and great-grandmother Doris Downey.  Also welcoming Natalie are many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.  Many thanks to Dr. Terry O'Grady and nurse Rochelle from NL Fertility Services, Dr. Joy Tilley for prenatal care, Dr. Holden and caseroom staff for their excellent birth coaching and first class delivery. Mommy and Natalie would also like to thank Daddy and Courtney for all their love and support.

MCCARTHY– Sean and Kelli (Moores) are thrilled to announce the arrival of their beautiful little girl, Paige Isabella. Paige was born on October 10, 2010 at 6:54 p.m. and weighed 5 lbs. 13 oz. Welcoming Paige are proud grandparents Dave and Violet Moores, Sean and Linda McCarthy, Canine sister Roxi as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. Special thanks to Dr. Pike and all the nurses in the case room for their care and support. Also to Daddy and Nanny Moores for their love and support during the delivery.

Organizations: Royal Victoria Hospital, General Hospital, Birth Partnership NL Fertility Services Moores

Geographic location: St. John's, Montreal, Alberta Canada U.S. Ottawa Charlotte Calgary Edmonton Happy Valley Goose Bay

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