Chantal Bullfrog and John James Wapache of Whapmagoostui have the honour of being the parents of the first Cree baby of 2004, and the first baby of 2004 in the Val d’Or area. The little one’s pending arrival cut out any New Years’ Eve celebrations as Bullfrog started her contractions at 9 pm and was wheeled into the hospital at midnight. It was not a surprise as January 1, 2004, was the due date.

Benjamin Wapache came into the world at 4:23 am, weighing 6lbs, 11 oz. He is the newest brother for Britney, Johnny and Laney, who are eagerly awaiting him at home with Bullfrog’s mother.

“Everyone is doing fine,” Bullfrog said. “It gets easier the fourth time around.” She would like to thank all the doctors and nurses at the hospital and also a special thanks to her mother and sisters for taking care of the other children. She will be returning home January 13.