NICHOLAS McIntyre held on for six days to become our first baby for 2018.
The not-so-little tacker was due on Boxing Day but ended up arriving at Echuca hospital at 12.34pm on January 1, weighing 4400g (9lb 11oz).
And after a week of extra cooking, Nicholas didn’t waste any time getting here.
‘‘The labour lasted just over an hour,’’ mum Carlee Glanville said.
So it was lucky the Kyabram 26-year-old was already at the hospital getting checked over.
‘‘I started having contractions and an hour and 15 minutes later he was born,’’ Carlee said.
Nicholas is the second child for Echuca-born Carlee and partner Dallas McIntyre and a little brother for Lydia, 5.
‘‘Lydia was two weeks early and it was a 32-hour labour so this one was pretty different,’’ Carlee said.
‘‘I expected a shorter labour this time around, but not that short. I didn’t even get time for painkillers.
‘‘In saying that, I’d go a quick labour because then it’s over and done with.’’
Although Nicholas wasn’t planned, Carlee said he was a lovely surprise.
‘‘I think it’s pretty special,’’ she said about her son being the first baby born for 2018.
‘‘He’s a good baby and a good sleeper.
‘‘Lydia’s pretty smitten with him.’’
This year will be extra special for the family, with Lydia starting school as a prep at St Augustine’s College in Kyabram.
‘‘It will be a big year but we are looking forward to a nice and quiet 2018,’’ Carlee said.