A Goornong family received the best present of all when baby Laura was born early Christmas morning,ELAINE COONEY January 2, 2013 4:23am
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.
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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