A Springfield Lakes family has welcomed the city’s first baby of 2020 at Ipswich Hospital.
Baby Mason Leigh was born at 3.48am on Wednesday – 13 days ahead of schedule – to proud parents Sermone and Adam Warn and a distinctly New Year’s vibe in the maternity ward.
“It was great. Music was playing and there was a party atmosphere on the ward,” Ms Warn said.
“My midwife, Renee, looked after me so well. She was just the best.
“It’s amazing. I never imagined we would have the first baby of 2020.”
Mason, who was born weighing 2.77kg, spent his first 24 hours on a ventilator in the hospital’s Special Care Nursery before joining his mum on the maternity ward.
Bentley, Tori, Adam, Max, Tyson, Sermone and baby Mason Warn.
Dad Adam and four of Mason’s six siblings – Tori, 12, Tyson, 11, Max, 7, and Bentley, 5 – were also on hand to greet him, and within minutes had thought up a nickname.
“They’ve started calling him Mayo,” Ms Warn said.
The family named Mason after North Melbourne AFL player Mason Wood, with Mr Warn a keen Kangaroos supporter.
The Warn family moved from Tasmania to Ipswich two years ago and said they felt very much at home in the city.
“We absolutely love it, the schools are awesome, there’s a great community spirit, and so many things to do with the kids. It’s great,” she said.
Mr Warn said the timing of Mason’s arrival on New Year’s morning was a welcome surprise.
“All of the children’s birth have been memorable, but this one has been just that little bit extra being on New Year’s Day,” he said.