Amelia Grace Maree Thompson, who was born July 23, is the seventh child for Deniliquin couple Peter and Kylie Thompson.CASS SAVELLIS August 8, 2014 3:56am
Two-week old Amelia Grace Maree Thompson has already won the hearts of five boys, as well as a sigh of relief from parents Peter and Kylie Thompson.
Born July 23 at Deniliquin Hospital, Amelia is the seventh child for the Deniliquin couple, and their first girl to be brought home.
Her brothers — Bayden (11), Isaac (7), Oscar (6), Lucas (3) and Mitchell (21 months) — are already doting over their little princess even though they’re a bit confused by all the pink colours surrounding her.
‘‘It’s pretty exciting at the moment but it’s a bit different,’’ Bayden said.
But for mum Kylie, while rejoicing to finally have another girl in the house, she was just happy to bring home a healthy baby.
‘‘After Bayden we had Imogen who is now deceased. She was born an unhealthy baby, so this just makes bringing home Amelia even more special.
‘‘And they both share the same middle name, Grace.’’
Mr Thompson said with seven males in the house, including their dog Sam, his wife is happy she is not ‘‘completely outnumbered’’ anymore.
‘‘We only found out the gender of the baby with Lucas, all the others have been a surprise,’’ he said.
‘‘We were shocked Mitchell was a boy, so after that we just expected Amelia would be too. We learnt to accept what we get and I was told this is definitely the last one, so we’re lucky to have a little girl.’’
Interestingly, at a time where large families are seemingly a thing of the past, the Thompsons weren’t the only Deniliquin family to welcome child number six in the last fortnight.
Tim and Leetisha Hillier welcomed Indi May Caryn into the world on Wednesday, joining brothers Harry (12), Kai (11), Charlie (9) and sisters Sophie (7) and Bella (3).
In Australia, families with one or two children under 18 are the most prevalent, while only five per cent of families had four or more children in this age group, according to an Australian Family Trends survey.
Mr Thompson said a big family had not necessarily been in their planning but was certainly a blessing.
‘‘We just decided to go with the flow and have been blessed since then.
‘‘A big family gives you a chance to realise how quickly they grow up and shows how precious they are.’’
Living in a small town like Deniliquin magnifies the joy of a new baby in a big family, Mrs Thompson added.
‘‘It’s so special because everyone is so happy for us.
‘‘Peter has actually been stopping traffic because people are trying to congratulate him in the street.’’
Amelia is a granddaughter for Helen and John Thompson of Deniliquin and Carol and Gerry Van Berkel of Hoppers Crossing.
■ More on the Hillier family’s new arrival in Tuesday’s PT.
Great time had at this year's Barmah Muster.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The second annual Bonnie and Clyde Rods, Rats and Rides Festival fired up at Tatura Park at the weekend (April 11-12), drawing thousands of petrol heads and rockabilly music lovers to Tatura.
Friday’s annual primary inter-school cross country meet will see a broader variety of students taking part, as well as the introduction of a new finish line.
Lockington Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally is on for the 18th time this weekend and there is something for everyone.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Deniliquin bowler Dennis O'Keefe lost 25-19 in his bid for a quarter-final spot in the Victorian Singles Championships this week.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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