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Max is Victoria’s first baby for 2014

Max Alexander Cauchi was the first arrival for 2014, born at 12.01am, weighing 2790g and measuring 49cm long. He is a son for Peta Boyle and Michael Cauchi.

BARBARA SUNGAILA January 9, 2014 4:34am

Max Alexander Cauchi.


New Heathcote resident Max Alexander Cauchi may only be a week old but he is already a state record holder.

Born almost two weeks early, his hasty arrival made him Victoria’s first baby for 2014.

Health problems meant his mum, Peta Boyle, needed to give birth in a Melbourne hospital.

She and partner Michael Cauchi were spending a relaxing New Year’s Eve at their Heathcote home and were planning on leaving for Melbourne the next morning so she could spend the last two weeks of her pregnancy close to specialist medical services.

But baby Max had other ideas.

Miss Boyle went into labour at 9pm and, after a quick call to Heidelberg’s Mercy Hospital, she and Mr Cauchi took off for the city.

She said the first part of the journey was easy.

‘‘We hit our first point of trouble at Kilmore,’’ she said.

‘‘There was a booze bus on both sides of the road, they pulled us over and Michael just said straight out, ‘she’s in labour’.’’

They were able to queue jump and police officers tried to get the couple to go to Kilmore hospital.

‘‘But I needed to go to the Mercy for my medical condition,’’ Miss Boyle said.

‘‘So off we went, and then we hit Donnybrook Rd and that’s where we got in trouble with kangaroos.

‘‘There were so many kangaroos jumping out — Michael actually came to a complete standstill because a kangaroo just stopped in front of the car.’’

Mr Cauchi said the trip was nerve-wracking.

‘‘But there was not much traffic on the road apart from the roos, and the breath station at Kilmore,’’ he said.

‘‘Apart from that it wasn’t too bad — Peta was not too hysterical; she didn’t seem in too much pain.’’

However once they reached the hospital it was clear baby Max was in a hurry.

Miss Boyle said they arrived at the Mercy at 11pm.

‘‘By 12 o’clock he was ready and 30 seconds later he was out,’’ she said.

‘‘It was amazing — the midwife and one of the doctors just looked at each other and said ‘it’s 12 o’clock, you could have the first New Year’s baby’.

‘‘I didn’t even know what it meant... but apparently it’s quite a big competition to get the first New Year’s baby... and before I knew it they were ringing up births deaths and marriages and registering him at 12.01am — because they can’t go by seconds.’’

She said there had been a lot of media attention and it had felt very special.

‘‘You’ve got all these things now to look back on,’’ she said.

But the best part was baby Max.

‘‘He’s perfect, absolutely perfect.’’

Max’s 01/01 birthdate follows a family tradition — older brother Oscar was born nine years ago on 08/08.

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