Heather Leier (left) and her husband Mike Leier are in high spirits after having their second child, Reese Campbell Leier, who’s claimed the title of the first baby born on Vancouver Island. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

Sooke family welcomes Vancouver Island’s first baby of 2020

Child was born at 12:17 a.m. at Victoria General

A Sooke couple has welcomed Vancouver Island’s first baby of 2020, which arrived at Victoria General Hospital.

The baby boy, Reese Campbell Leier, was born at 12:17 a.m., weighing eight pounds, three ounces. He was wrapped up in a blue blanket made by his grandma as he greeted the media Jan. 1.

“There was another lady in labour at the same time so they were trying to get us to race,” said his mother Heather. “We won by 12 minutes.”

This is the second child for Heather and Mike Leier, who has a two-year-old son named Roman.

RELATED: B.C.’s first baby of 2020 arrives in New Westminster

As an only child, Mike is proud to bring another child into his growing family.

“I’m just glad that he has my hair,” Heather said jokingly.

The first baby in the province to be born this year arrived at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster at 12:01 a.m.

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