PROUD first time parents, Michelle and Jarred Benton, with Ziggy-Finn, born December 25, weighing 2965gm.
PROUD first time parents, Michelle and Jarred Benton, with Ziggy-Finn, born December 25, weighing 2965gm. Blainey Woodham

Christmas surprise is the best

MICHELLE and Jarred Benton received the greatest gift of all on Christmas morning.

Ms Benton gave birth to the couple's first child, Ziggy, at 5.02am on Christmas morning at The Tweed Hospital - two weeks ahead of schedule.

"He was due on the 7th of January. I really wanted to have him on the 27th of December but he did his own thing," Ms Benton said.

"I was a bit upset about Christmas Day but he is so beautiful and it's the best unexpected gift we could have received.

"I was never stressed about Christmas, I knew it would be close so I had been preparing since September."

Ms Benton said the couple had been trying for a baby for about 18 months and only just started an IVF program when she became pregnant.

"We were pretty blessed that it worked the first time and now he is here for Christmas," she said.

Staff and visitors ensured the new mum could still enjoy Christmas.

"I was a bit dazed but one of the midwives was dressed up as a tree. It was a present given to her by her child and she promised to wear it at work," Ms Benton said.

"The volunteers at the hospital made crackers for all the patients on Christmas day and it had really nice bath soaps in it."

Ziggy will not miss out of his own gifts growing up.

"I will be very strict. There has to be two lots of presents and some wrapped in birthday wrapping and some in Christmas wrapping," Ms Benton said.

Ziggy and Ms Benton went home from hospital on Wednesday.



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