WITH fireworks, a blue moon and a partial lunar eclipse, the signs were all there for baby Elka Margot Hacska to come into the world on New Year’s Eve.
She finally arrived at 3.13am on New Year’s Day at the Lismore Base Hospital, weighing 4.2kg, after her Lismore Heights parents Suzannah Arnot Hacska and Gregor Hacska set a New Year deadline.
Their due date was December 18, so Suzannah was ‘pretty ready’ for her daughter to be born.
“Christmas came and went, so we set a New Year deadline,” she said.
“So she arrived on schedule.”
Mr Hacska said they had not made plans for New Year celebrations as they were either going to be parents of a young baby or in labour.
Although two weeks overdue, it gave the couple plenty of time to relax in comfort at the Natural Birth Centre at Wollongbar.
“We’ve had a nice time together,” Mrs Arnot Hacska said.
“It’s a beautiful place here.”
But in an effort to move things along they ‘have done lots of walking and eaten hot food’.
Family and friends in Austria, America and Paris were keeping track of the baby’s impending arrival.
“We’ve had lots of emails and phone calls in the past two weeks,” she said. “It got to the point where they knew not to ask.”
But relatives were there to celebrate yesterday as four maternal generations posed for photographs.
Elka is the first grandchild for Margaret Arnot, of Coorabell, and the first great-grandchild for Joyce Johnson, of Alstonville, who wiped away tears of joy.
Meanwhile, a baby boy has gained the honour of being the first to be born at a NSW public hospital this decade.
Delivered at the Royal Hospital for Women, in Sydney’s east, at 12.12am yesterday, the newborn weighed 3190 grams, a spokesman from South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Area Health Service said.