1 January 2019

‘He’s my whole world’ says mum Alice of Canberra’s New Year’s Day baby star

| Glynis Quinlan
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Alice’s baby boy was born at 10.16 am on New Year’s Day. Photos by Glynis Quinlan.

“I can’t believe he chose such a special day to come,” says mum Alice of her brand new baby boy who is one of the very first to be born in Canberra in 2019.

“There’s no words to describe how beautiful the moment was.”

Sixteen-year-old Alice from Woden had been expecting to give birth to her son on Christmas Eve but his tardiness led to an even more special birth date for the sweet little boy and his ecstatic mum.

The as-yet-unnamed baby boy was born at 10.16 am on New Year’s Day at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children and weighed in at a solid four kilos and 10 grams (or just under nine pounds).

This sweet little boy weighed in at just under nine pounds.

Less than three hours after he was born the baby was already showing his star power by coping with a posse of Canberra media like a professional (or at least a sleeping professional).

Although tired from giving birth, Alice was overjoyed at her son’s arrival and her son clearly would have been a star in her eyes no matter what day he arrived.

“I’m very happy. I feel honoured that this little boy chose me to be his Mum,” said Alice, who is well-supported by her own mum.

“He’s my baby. He’s my whole world.”

Alice shares a special moment with her newborn son.

Alice said that she hasn’t named her baby yet as she wants to spend a little more time choosing a name that will suit him.

“I want to choose a name that he will like in the future. I have a week to name him,” she said.

Alice first started getting contractions around 8 pm on New Year’s Eve when many Canberrans were out celebrating. She came into hospital around 1 am on New Year’s Day and gave birth naturally mid-morning.

Alice was originally due to give birth on Christmas Eve but ended up having one of the first babies of the New Year.

By her side at the hospital as she gave birth was an ultrasound picture of her son – reminding her of what it was all about.

“Every bit of pain I felt was for that baby and it was all worth it,” she said.

“I’m very tired from my labour but I plan to have a good future with him.”

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