Monkey bars lure milestone baby

JAMES GREENLAND
Last updated 13:00 07/02/2013
Stephens family
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NEW CHAPTER: Megan and Andrew Stephens with their son, Lachlan, who was the 1000th baby born at Nelson Hospital in 2007 and starts his first day at Enner Glynn School today.
Stephens family
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PROUD DAY: Megan and Andrew Stephens with their newly born son, Lachlan, in 2007.

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Lachlan Stephens' birth was front page news.

Lachlan, 5, was the 1000th baby born at Nelson Hospital in 2007, a feat which earned him the front page of the Nelson Mail two days after his December 13 birthday.

It had been two decades since that number of babies was born at the hospital in a single year.

Five years have flown by and today Lachlan started at Enner Glynn primary school.

His mum, Megan Stephens, said the number 1000 did not make her son any more special than the other babies born that year.

"It was mostly a competition between the midwives at the time," she said.

Nelson Marlborough DHB communications adviser Katherine Rock said 1000-or-more babies had been born at Nelson Hospital in a single year three times since 2007.

In total 4947 have been born at the hospital since 2008.

Lachlan's dad, Andrew, said Lachlan was a little shy, but reassured by his 7-year-old sister, Ruby, who promised to sit with him at lunchtime.

He was excited enough to wear his new uniform the whole of his last week of kindergarten, Mrs Stephens said.

He had already visited the school with new-entrant groups from Stoke Kindergarten, which settled the first day nerves.

"They made a really good effort to prepare kids for school," Mrs Stephens said.

Lachlan was most excited by the monkey bars.

"He's a sensitive wee boy," Mrs Stephens said.

"He really cares for his sisters."

"He's bright and he's really ready for school.

"He's ready to go, he will do really well at school."

Mr Stephens said his only son was a typical "cheeky lad" who stirred up his sisters.

"He likes shooting things and killing things, especially his sisters' [toy] ponies," he said.

This would be Lachlan's fourth article in the newspaper.

He had been photographed two other times for stories involving his mum sparking envy from his sister, Ruby.

"She was born on 'Fireworks day' and thinks that's pretty special too," Mrs Stephens said.

TOTAL BIRTHS IN NELSON HOSPITAL

January 2008 to December 2012

2008: 1031

2009: 1001

2010: 998

2011: 1026

2012: 891

Total: 4947

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- The Nelson Mail

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