Welcome to the new decade, Declan
WHILE many were suffering New Year’s Day hangovers, Rockhampton’s Melissa Allen had a real reason to feel under the weather.
When the majority were out welcoming in the New Year, the 23-year-old was going through labour.
She and partner Reece welcomed their new baby boy, Declan Allen McMahon. Little Declan was one of the first babies to come into the world this year.
He was born at 5.08am on January 1 after a six-hour labour and weighed 3.265kg.
Declan was one of five babies born on New Year’s Day at the Rockhampton Hospital.
And while no babies were born at the Mater Hospital in Rockhampton on January 1, two arrived the following day.
When The Morning Bulletin caught up with Melissa on New Year’s Day, despite her tiredness, the smile was never going to leave the young mum’s face.
Melissa said her partner originally had plans to go out with his mates on New Year’s Eve, but luckily he ended up having a few drinks at home.
“He ran over his mobile phone (recently) after it fell out of his pocket at work, so I would have had no way of contacting him if he went out,” she said.
Declan was born a week early.
Melissa said her mum and dad were thrilled that their first grandchild was a New Year’s Day baby.
“Dad actually got clucky,” Melissa said with a laugh.
The news of the baby was initially a shock to the couple when Melissa fell pregnant.
But nine months later, Melissa said they were excited about their new parenting chapter ahead.
“The baby room is set and ready to go, I got pretty excited and had it all ready four weeks ago,” she said.
Declan became one of the country’s first Alpha children, the generation of babies to be born over the next 15 years.
Many of the Alpha babies will be the offspring of the much-analysed and discussed Gen Y, the oldest of whom turn 30 in 2010.