Remington Calvo Wilson is the first island baby of the year

Love can be found in the most unlikely places, including grocery stores.

Coral Wilson and Daniel Calvo met at Marketplace, where Calvo worked. Jan. 6, they welcomed their newborn Remington Calvo Wilson. He is the couple’s first child and being the first baby born on San Juan Isalnd in 2024 that the Journal is aware of, won the Baby Derby.

“I was surprised because I had been told I couldn’t have kids,” Wilson said. “But I was excited he was going to make an appearance.” Wilson grew up on the island. Remington’s grandmother on Wilson’s side is Bobbie Wilson. Calvo moved here from Tacoma, and Remington’s grandmother on Calvo’s side is Kim Ryan.

Remington was born in Anacortes, weighing 7 pounds 2 ounces and 19 inches long.

Neither the pregnancy nor the birth was particularly easy. Wilson needed a C-section. “I’m healing great, and feeling almost back to normal,” she assured the Journal. Remington is also doing well, though one of the lessons he has already taught his parents is to advocate for his health.

“He had a little bit of a weight drop at one point,” Wilson said. As a result, doctors wanted to do some fairly invasive testing, against Wilson’s motherly instincts. “I finally stood up and said to them they needed to listen to me.”

The couple are hoping to guide him away from smartphones, tablets and whatever technological gadgets are out there as he grows. “I really want him to do 4-H, get into the sciences and get back to the basics, to island roots,” Wilson said.

Calvo is thrilled at the idea of teaching his son to fish, in keeping with the getting back to basics concept.

“He taught me fishing last summer,” Wilson said, and the couple has continued to fish together since.

As winners of the baby derby, the new family will receive gift certificates from Valmart, the San Juan Coop, Island Petroleum, Be Chic and the Journal of the San Juans. Congratulations Calvo-Wilson family!