Special Christmas delivery
WHILE the spotlight was heavily focused on Santa Claus yesterday, the stork sneaked into Bundaberg to make a precious delivery of his own.
Her name was Zariah Lee Tanya Murray and she weighed 3080g when she was born at 10.01am.
Her smitten parents, Mark Murray and Peta Williams, said they could not have asked for a better Christmas present.
"I was just starting to open my presents when my waters broke," Ms Williams said.
"They thought I was joking."
But the seriousness of her words soon became apparent and they rushed to call an ambulance to their Burnett Heads home.
Forty minutes later, their baby girl was born at Bundaberg Hospital.
"I'm exhausted but very happy," Ms Williams said.
"She was due to come on December 28, but when I woke up at 3am (yesterday) I had a feeling she might come."
Zariah is Mark and Peta's second child and a sister to their 14-month-old Triston, who was very happy to have an extra Christmas surprise.
"He kept trying to touch her," Ms Williams said.
"He used to pat my belly before she was born."
Mr Murray had trouble keeping the smile from his face as he watched his new daughter sleeping.
"I'm over the moon," he said.
"I can't stop smiling.
"This is the best Christmas present ever."
Ms Williams said while 40 minutes sounded like a quick labour, Triston was even quicker.
"He was born in the back of the car," she said.
"My mum had to pull over and deliver him."
Mr Murray said he was looking forward to taking his new family home and they expected to be released from the hospital last night.
And as for the Christmas presents still waiting to be unwrapped?
"I think we'll wait," Ms Williams said.
"She's already our present."
Zariah was the second baby born at the hospital yesterday, with the first born about 12.30am and taken home later in the morning.