The Capital’s first baby of 2013 has arrived.

Madison Sauve was born at 12:02 a.m. at the Ottawa Civic Hospital.

The healthy baby girl born to parents Audrey and Robert Sauve weighs 6 lbs. 1 oz.

"It's quite an honour actually, it's quite exciting, and it gets a lot of attention from what I see," said mother Audrey Sauve.

Madison is the couple's first child. Her New Year's Day arrival was unexpected. The baby wasn't due for another three weeks.

"I was supposed to play music with buddies of mine but it didn’t quite turn out that way," father Robert Sauve said.
 "I’m really happy, it’s unexpected."

Baby Madison was born after a difficult few weeks for the family.

The newborn's middle name is Suzanne, after her grandmother, who passed away a few weeks ago.

They also lost one Robert Sauve's closest friends, Nicholas Vachon, a volunteer firefighter who was killed when he was hit by a car near Clarence-Rockland on Dec. 15.

Vachon was to be the baby's godfather.

Mother Audrey Sauve was in labour for 21 hours before little Madison was born.

"It’s starting to sink feels a little unreal, but it feels absolutely right, we’ve been waiting for her," Audrey Sauve said as she held the newborn in her arms.

Baby Madison arrived a minute-and-a-half later than the first baby of 2012.

The couple plans to bring the baby home on Wednesday.

With files from CTV's Claudia Cautillo