NSW’s first born in 2016, Elliot Bevis, with parents Kathleen and Paul. Photo: Michele Mossop NSW’s first born in 2016, Elliot Bevis, with parents Kathleen and Paul. Photo: MicheleMossop
Baby Elliot Bevis was so late he was the earliest baby born in a NSW public hospital in 2016.
Parents Kathleen and Paul Bevis were expecting their first born 10 days ago, on December 22. But Elliot shirked the “Christmas Miracle” title for something a little more special. Elliot cruised into the new year, born in Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, at 12.27am on January 1.
A relaxed entrance from Elliot still made for an eventful New Year’s Eve for his parents.
“I had a pretty long pre-labour of two-and-a-half days at home,” said Mrs Bevis. “We came into hospital for a check up as his heart rate was dipping. The nurses said we should stay and within eight hours he came.”
Mrs Bevis had been scheduled to be induced on New Year’s Day. “He had got to the point he was so far cooked that it was the end. So luckily he came before then,” she said.
So far Elliot has matched his laidback arrival with a breezy demeanour, handling a morning of media appointments without a tear. “He’s also pretty good at copying his Dad’s facial expressions,” said Mrs Bevis. “They were sticking their tongues out and making silly faces two hours after he was born.”
While his Mr and Mrs Bevis did not expect to be a naming a minor celebrity, they chose the name Elliot for its original appeal.
“We are both school teachers so we spend a lot of our time around kids,” said Mrs Bevis. “Elliot wasn’t a name that we had come across, so we know he won’t be one of many in the class.”
“It’s funky, but he could still be an accountant,” she said.
Elliot will have to get used to sharing the spotlight with a new cousin due before the end of the month.
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