AN Angle Vale family is starting 2018 with a new addition to their family, welcoming a baby girl in the early hours of Tuesday morning at the Gawler Health Service.
The family met baby Ruby Heather Penny Stone for the first time just before 6.30am on Tuesday morning, making her entrance to the world one the hospital’s first births of 2018.
Mum Keri, who is a teacher at Angle Vale Primary School, and dad Rowls, a sheet metal fabricator, couldn’t contain their happiness for the safe and healthy arrival of Ruby, who weighed in at 7 pound 9.5ounces, and measured 51cm.
“We got in to the hospital at about 1am or 2am, and things were moving slow, but then, all of a sudden, it all started happening,” mum Keri Stone said.
“We are feeling nothing but joy.”
Mrs Stone said Ruby’s birth was a great start to 2018 for the family, after it experienced a sad ending to 2017.
“It was a tough year last year for my family,” she said.
“We lost my brother in late November, and so (Ruby’s birth) is some positive news for everyone.”
Ruby is the pair’s second child, with almost two-year-old Angus now becoming a big brother, although Mrs Stone said she isn’t sure the news has sunk in for him yet.
“I don’t think he quite understands what is going on, but I am hoping he gets the idea soon,” Mrs Stone laughed.
“I have sent a few photos through to (Rowls) to show him before he comes in to meet her, but we aren’t sure he quite understands.
“I am happy they are close in age, though, and we hope they will grow up together as friends.”
Ruby’s two middle names have family significance, with Heather being her grandmother’s name, and Penny, her auntie’s.
Gawler has maintained its birthing rates over the past 12 months, with 509 babies born at the hospital in 2017, according to Nursing and Midwifery director Gerry Lloyd.
“In 2017, 509 babies were born at Gawler Hospital, compared with 507 in 2016,” Ms Lloyd said.
“I’d like to thank Gawler Hospital’s hardworking midwifery and obstetric team – they provide excellent care for women in our community, and we all look forward to welcoming new additions to the Gawler community throughout 2018.”