Into the world in 2020

By Daniel Hughes

Billie Rose Dove arrived almost two weeks early to become the first baby of 2020 at Wangaratta Hospital, and the new decade.

Her Tocumwal-based parents Kelly Findlay and Trent Dove were forced to cancel a night away catching up with friends as a result.

Billie was born just before 8.30am on New Year’s Day, weighing a healthy 3540g (7lb 8oz), and is a sister for Taylor.

‘‘Billie was due on the January 12, but we had a planned c-section birth booked for January 6,’’ Kelly said.

‘‘We had an antenatal appointment in Wangaratta on December 30, with a night away in Myrtleford booked to catch up with family afterwards.
‘‘At the appointment we were told that Billie was fully engaged and we wouldn’t make it to the sixth.

‘‘So the doctor brought forward the c-section for January 1.

‘‘Taylor is loving the role of big brother. When he met her he cried and said ‘she is so beautiful mum’.’’

Kelly and Trent found out in August they were having a girl through a gender reveal party.

They said they put a lot of thought into her name, paying tribute to beloved family members.

‘‘She is named after a few family members,’’ Kelly said.

‘‘My uncle and godfather Billy Taylor, my mum’s brother, passed away from cancer in 2016.

‘‘I named my seven year-old son after him too, because my uncle Billy was a very special man.

‘‘Trent’s pop’s name was also Billy, and his mum’s name is Rose — the two of them also mean a lot to us.

‘‘Rose lost her sight in 2018 which was sudden and has been a challenge for us all to adjust to.

‘‘So Billie’s name has so much meaning behind it.’’

Billie is a granddaughter for Deb and Lindsay Findlay of Finley, and Rose and Paul Dove of Nathalia.

She is the third generation of family members to have been born in Wangaratta, with her mother and maternal grandmother also born there.