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THE Proser­pine Hos­pi­tal wel­comed the very first baby of 2016 on Jan­uary 2, as Can­non­vale res­i­dent Kirstie Hardy gave birth to a healthy baby girl named Mia Khaleesi Hales.

Mia was ac­tu­ally due on Jan­uary 1, but be­ing late to the party did not spoil the sur­prise, and her par­ents Kirstie Hardy and Mitchell Hales couldn’t be hap­pier with their joy­ful start to 2016.

“It’s such a great way to start the year, Mia is our first baby to­gether and we’re really look­ing for­ward to spend­ing more time with our fam­ily,” Ms Hardy said.

Mia’s name took in­spi­ra­tion from her fa­ther’s favourite movie The Fast and the Fu­ri­ous and the pop­u­lar televi- sion pro­gram Game of Thrones.

Mia has three sib­lings – two sis­ters and one brother, aged from five to eight.

Ms Hardy said the sib­lings were all ex­cited about meet­ing their new baby sis­ter.

“They’re com­ing down this week­end to meet her, they’re really look­ing for­ward to it,” she said.

Ms Hardy also praised the staff at the Proser­pine Hos­pi­tal.

“We had an ex­cel­lent mid­wife, and she helped make the ex­pe­ri­ence as pleas­ant as pos­si­ble, which was really nice for all of us,” she said.

The Proser­pine Hos­pi­tal ma­ter­nity ward wished Ms Hardy, Mr Hales and Mia all the best for their fu­ture.

NEW YEAR'S BABY: Mia Khaleesi Hales was born on Jan­uary 2 at the Proser­pine Hos­pi­tal.

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