Molly rings in the New Year

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - TERESA HAT­TAN

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.

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