In the South
Toby David Milne was not a frontrunner for Clutha's ''first baby of the year'' title, but after arriving two weeks early the honour was his.
Toby was born at 4.40am on January 2 at Clutha Health First's maternity unit, but breathing problems meant he was quickly transferred to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Dunedin, accompanied by his parents Blair Milne and Casey Groenewegen.
As Ms Groenewegen said, ''it wasn't nicest feeling, especially when two doctors and an ambulance came to pick him up''.
But after three nights in Dunedin, Toby was fine and the new family returned to Clutha Health First.Despite arriving a fortnight early.
Toby weighed a healthy 7 pounds 12 ounces and his mother ''wouldn't have wanted him to be any bigger.''
The Kaitangata couple are first time parents, but said Toby was now sleeping and feeding well.
''He's such a cruisy baby,'' Ms Groenewegen said.
She described their stay at Clutha Health First as fantastic with the staff being incredibly accommodating.
Both Mr Milne and Ms Groenewegen said being new parents felt overwhelming but amazing.
''I still don't believe it sometimes,'' Ms Groenewegen said.
The trio were due to return home earlier this week, and would be taking one of Toby's first presents - a large yellow truck, although Mr Milne reckoned at this stage the baby could probably fit in its trailer.
- Clutha Leader