Meet the first baby born in RI in 2016

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — New parents Heather and Philip Bonin are celebrating a lot of firsts. Their newborn son, Christopher David Bonin, was the first baby born in Rhode Island in 2016. He’s also their first child.

The 6-pound, 4-ounce baby was delivered at 12:56 a.m. on January 1, 2016.

The Warwick couple said they’re thrilled that Christopher is the first baby born in their home state this year, but they admit it was the last thing on their minds during the delivery.

The Bonins tell Eyewitness News that Christopher was due Jan. 17, but arrived early. Heather’s water broke early on Dec. 31, and by midnight, just as everyone else was ringing in the New Year, doctors decided to perform a Cesarean section.

The delivery was a success, and both mom and baby are happy and healthy.

Although the timing wasn’t what they initially expected, the Bonins said they noticed a seemingly prophetic pattern when they arrived at Women and Infants Hospital. Philip said he started to see the numbers 1 and 16 popping up everywhere: Heather was assigned to room 11 and bed 16. Her next room number was 6116.

“For some reason I think 16 is going to be a lucky number and a good year,” Philip said.

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