Late new year gift

Baby’s tim­ing per­fect

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE -

One of New Zealand’s first ba­bies of the new year was born at Waikato Hos­pi­tal.

Louisa Tuaine was born at 12.35am on Jan­uary 1 to par­ents Tuaine Tuaine and Aleisha Tangime­tua of Toko­roa.

When Tangime­tua held her new­born, 3333 gram (7.3 pound) daugh­ter for the first time, ‘‘It’s wicked,’’ she said. ‘‘This is life-chang­ing.’’

Hos­pi­tal staff be­lieved Louisa was the first baby to be born in New Zealand in the new year and be­cause New Zealand was the first coun­try to see the sun, she was po­ten­tially the first baby of 2012 in the world as well.

Tangime­tua en­dured 26 hours of labour be­fore Louisa de­cided she was ready to make her en­trance into the world, 35 min­utes into 2012.

‘‘It’s funny that she waited till new year,’’ she said. ‘‘She’s clever, she knew when to come.’’

But the birth was not with­out com­pli­ca­tions.

Dur­ing labour Louisa be­came tan­gled in her um­bil­i­cal cord and had to be de­liv­ered by emer­gency cae­sarean sec­tion.

She was taken from her mother at birth and nursed to health in an in­cu­ba­tor in the hos­pi­tal’s new­born in­ten­sive care unit.

Her mother was also re­cov­er­ing from the gru­elling labour and ar­rived to meet her daugh­ter in a wheel­chair.

Louisa was not ex­pected to be a new year baby, as she was due on De­cem­ber 29, but had ar­rived three days late.

‘‘We were telling her to wait and she did.

‘‘ She must have had it in her head that she wasn’t com­ing out.’’

Louisa is the cou­ple’s first child.

As the new par­ents set eyes on their baby daugh­ter for the first time they were both lost for words.

‘‘There’s no words, just proud I guess,’’ Tuaine said.

‘‘She’s al­ready a star,’’ Tangime­tua added.

– Aleisha Tangime­tua

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