The Fraser Coast’s first baby of 2012 was Hervey Bay’s Leigh and Jacob Woodard’s first daughter, Payton Leigh. Born at 12:35am , Payton weighed 3870g or 9lb 8 1/2 oz.
The Fraser Coast’s first baby of 2012 was Hervey Bay’s Leigh and Jacob Woodard’s first daughter, Payton Leigh. Born at 12:35am , Payton weighed 3870g or 9lb 8 1/2 oz. Valerie Horton

Babies bring in the new year

THERE were no fireworks or resolutions for Jacob and Leigh Woodard at midnight on Saturday - they were too busy at the time.

Just 35 minutes after 2011 ticked over to the new year, the couple welcomed their first daughter into the world.

Little Payton Woodard was determined to be the first baby of the new year at the Hervey Bay Hospital, arriving four days late after a long 12-hour labour for mum and bub.

Across the other side of the world in the American state of Indiana, dad Jacob's family were also celebrating the birth - despite being more than 15 hours away from celebrating the start of 2012 themselves.

While mum Leigh says the name was inspired by a television show, Jacob said the inspiration came from a player on his grid-iron team the Indianapolis Colts.

The Fraser Coast's second new year's baby was born only half an hour after Payton when mother-of-five Kandace Joy Shell welcomed her youngest son Jaxson James West.

It was an extra-special event for Ms Shell as she also celebrated her and her partner James Alan West's two-year anniversary.

Grandmother Naomi Larson cut short her New Year's Eve celebrations to join the family at the hospital but almost didn't believe Kandace was in labour after four false alarms over the past week.

"I had glitter everywhere and a little tiara," Ms Larson said.

Jaxson was finally delivered one day late just after 1am yesterday.

 



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