BabyWilliam first for 2017
William Donoghue was quick to make his mark on 2017, he just had to wait a few days for the right name to stick.
Weighing 9 pounds, or 4100 grams, William was the first baby born at Palmerston North Hospital in 2017.
He entered the world at 2.45am New Year’s Day, to be greeted by mum Lindsey Gribbon, dad Jarod Donoghue, and big sister Grace, 2.
The family from Taihape knew they were having a boy but hadn’t settled on a name when Gribbon went into labour at home around 11.30pm on New Year’s Eve, six days before her expected date.
Donoghue grabbed the bag they had in waiting and woke up Grace. There was no time to find a babysitter as the family raced over to Palmerston North.
In the excitement there wasn’t much time to decide between the final two name choices
It wasn’t until the hospital discharge papers were being filled out on Tuesday that Gribbon and Donoghue settled on ‘William’.
Gribbon said nurses had hinted William was likely to be the first baby born at the hospital for the year.
‘‘It’s quite cool [to be first], I wasn’t really expecting that. It’ll be a good story to tell him at his 21st.’’
The distinction of being the first baby born in New Zealand this year went to a girl at Taranaki Base Hospital, born at 12.01am.
Lindsey Gribbon, Jarod Donoghue and daughter Grace, 2, with their new addition William, the first baby born in Manawatu for 2017.