Late new year gift
Baby’s timing perfect
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