Proud parents Leica Bonnett and Troy McCallum, along with son Aidan McCallum, dote on Layla Grace McCallum who was born at 6.05am Christmas Day.
Proud parents Leica Bonnett and Troy McCallum, along with son Aidan McCallum, dote on Layla Grace McCallum who was born at 6.05am Christmas Day. RON BURGIN

The best gift at Christmas

AFTER a 20-hour labour an exhausted and overjoyed Gemma Hallett proudly held her son, who was the first baby born at Bundaberg Hospital on Christmas Day.

Chad Michael Adams burst into the world at 3.45am, the first child for parents Brandon Adams and Ms Hallett.

The mother said holding her son for the first time was a “sensational” feeling.

“Actually knowing that’s what I was carrying around for the last nine months, and then seeing him – it was great,” Ms Hallett said.

In a neighbouring birthing suite mum Leica Bonnett, dad Troy McCallum and son Aidan McCallum could not wipe the smiles off their faces as they doted on Layla Grace McCallum, born at 6.05am.

Mr McCallum said he knew how cute his daughter was after seeing the 3-D ultrasound photograph taken during his partner’s pregnancy.

“What a way to spend Christmas.

“But this is the best gift of all,” Mr McCallum said as he cradled his five-hour-old daughter in his arms.



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