New year’s joy

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page - By Ge­or­gia Smith

For the Rus­coe fam­ily, cel­e­brat­ing the new year meant more than just ring­ing in 2019. A great deal more. The start of the new year saw the Rus­coe’s wel­come a new­born baby boy into the world, de­liv­er­ing them a New Year’s Day they will never for­get.

Noah Arthur Rus­coe was born at Be­nalla Health on Tues­day, Jan­uary 1, at 8.24 pm, mak­ing him the first new­born to grace the hos­pi­tal for 2019.

The 7.9-pound bun­dle of joy takes the Rus­coe fam­ily from three to four, be­com­ing the sec­ond son for Nathan and Caro­line and younger brother to 20-month-old Henry.

Noah also takes on a part of his grandpa, in­her­it­ing Arthur as his mid­dle name.

How­ever, Noah’s ar­rival into the world proved to be un­ex­pected for his mum Caro­line, de­cid­ing to come out a few days early to join his fam­ily for New Year’s Day.

‘‘We didn’t ex­pect him to be a new year’s baby,’’ Ms Rus­coe said.

‘‘We were pleased with how the labour went, it all went smoothly.

‘‘We had a re­ally great mid­wife and it was a good ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘We would like to thank the hos­pi­tal and all of the staff for all of their sup­port, they have been re­ally great.’’

Mid­wife Jo Terry said while De­cem­ber pro­vided a baby boom, Jan­uary was look­ing to be a qui­eter month for de­liv­er­ies across Be­nalla.

‘‘We had quite a lot of ba­bies born in De­cem­ber, but we are not ex­pect­ing so much for Jan­uary,’’ Ms Terry said.

While young Henry now has a lit­tle brother to dote over and play with, Jan­uary 1 will con­tinue to be a cause for cel­e­bra­tion for the Rus­coe fam­ily for years to come.

Born on Jan­uary 1: Noah Rus­coe came into the world as the first baby to born in Be­nalla for 2019.

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