New year baby Jaxon Card
New year baby Jaxon Card Rob Barich

Late arrival for first 2010 baby

THE first baby born in Bundaberg in 2010 took its time to arrive, not making an appearance until Saturday afternoon.

Weighing 3925g, Jaxon Card arrived at 2.56pm on January 2.

His tired but happy mum, Lisa Card, was surprised to learn that Jaxon was the first baby to be delivered at Bundaberg Hospital for 2010.

“We certainly weren’t expecting it. It’s kind of weird considering the new year had already started when he came,” Ms Card said.

While Jaxon kept those at the hospital waiting to celebrate the first baby of the year, he was right on time, arriving exactly on his scheduled due date.

His sisters Natahlia, 7, and Georgina, 5, were excited by the prospect of having a new brother, with Georgina anxious to hold the tiny baby.

Lisa said Jaxon’s father, Greg, had been thrilled about the prospect of having a son.

“He’s stoked. He has been ever since we found it the baby was going to be a boy,” she said.

But the excitement of a new year baby had not changed Ms Card’s ideas on future children.

“Definitely no more,” she said.

Jaxon’s timely arrival also puts him as the first Bundaberg baby to be a part of the Generation Alpha, affectionately known as Gen A.

Gen A babies will be mostly born to parents from Generation Y, the oldest of whom will turn 30 this year.

Gen Y, often criticised for their lack of responsibility, will have to grow up once they have kids, with Gen A set to be the most expensive children to raise.

According to social researcher Mark McCrindle, the cost of raising the average family with 2.7 kids will reach more than $1 million.

Mr McCrindle said Gen Y was reaching its peak fertility years and this year are expected to eclipse the post-war baby boom with more than 300,000 births this year.

Mr McCrindle said that parents would have more money to spend on their children than ever before.

“Today’s parents are starting their families six years later than their parents did, they are having one less child than their parents’ generation, and they most often have a two-income household. The result is that parents have more money per child, and spend more per child than their parents did,” he said.

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