Molly rings in the New Year
Little Molly Nelis was waiting for a special day before entering the world.
The fourth child and fourth daughter to Pete and Rose Nelis of Tirau, was the first baby born at Matamata’s Pohlen Hospital in 2016.
She arrived, more than a week overdue, at 5.05am on New Year’s Day weighing 3742 grams (8 pound 4 oz).
The Nelis’ were unaware of what sex their baby would be.
‘‘It was a surprise. It’s funny how all the midwives tales come out when you don’t know,’’ proud new mum Rose said.
‘‘Everybody assesses what shape you are, how you’re carrying and how you felt through the pregnancy to try and predict whether you’re having a boy or a girl.
‘‘Everybody thought we were having a boy, but no. We proved all the midwives’ tales wrong.’’
Rose said it was handy to have another girl, as everything they have, such as clothing, is pink.
Rose said Pete was fine with having another girl.
‘‘All our kids have pretty personalities so it’s not a biggy.’’
Sisters Meah, 7, Elsa, 5, and Harriet, 3, are all very happy to have a new baby sister. However, Molly took her time before arriving. She was due on December 23.
Rose said she had been hoping to have had her daughter before Christmas.
Harriet had been early and Molly is the most overdue she’d been with her four children. Rose had been referred and had gone to Waikato before Molly decided to arrive.
She found the heat and being heavily pregnant over Christmas very tough. ‘‘But we’re glad that we missed Christmas Eve, Christmas and Boxing Day for birthdays. New Year’s Day, it’s always a celebration,’’ she said.
Rose said her experience at Pohlen Hospital was amazing. She has now had all four children at the Matamata birthing unit. The facility was great as they welcome mums to stay as long as they need to, she said.
Molly has settled into the family well and Rose was thrilled to have the first baby for the New Year in the area. ‘‘It’s pretty cool for her.’’
A Hamilton family is thought to have welcomed the first Waikato baby of the New Year after Trine Kilduff gave birth to a baby girl at 4.53am at Waikato Hospital on January 1.