A Goornong family received the best present of all when baby Laura was born early Christmas morning,By Elaine Cooney
Goornong’s Donna Papworth was due to give birth on December 22 but when there was no movement, jokes began to fly about the possibility of a Christmas delivery.
Because Donna was so heavily pregnant, they arranged for the extended family to have Christmas lunch at their home but instead had to settle for a late lunch elsewhere.
‘‘(On) Christmas Eve it became quite apparent Laura was going to be born on Christmas Day,’’ she said.
Donna and her husband Ken rushed to St John of God hospital in Bendigo at 2am on Christmas morning and Laura was born at 3.24am, weighing 3.9kg (3920g).
Donna said Santa managed to make a quick detour to deliver Kate’s Christmas presents to her grandmother’s house and Laura was paid a visit by Santa at the hospital.
‘‘The staff did such a good job of making it feel like Christmas,’’ she said.
‘‘The girls (staff) were excited about a Christmas baby.’’
Donna said she had a year to think about how they were going to celebrate Laura’s birthdays and would take any tips she could get.
But right now she is enjoying spending some quiet time with her newly extended family.
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