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Deniliquin family tickled pink with new arrival

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.

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