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Family's joyful start to 2018
AN Angle Vale family is starting 2018 with
a new addition to their family, welcoming
a baby girl in the early hours of Tuesday
morning at the Gawler Health Service.
The family met baby Ruby Heather Penny
Stone for the first time just before 6.30am on
Tuesday morning, making her entrance to the
world one the hospital's first births of 2018.
Mum Keri, who is a teacher at Angle Vale
Primary School, and dad Rowls, a sheet met-
al fabricator, couldn't contain their happi-
ness for the safe and healthy arrival of Ruby,
who weighed in at 7 pound 9.5ounces, and
"We got in to the hospital at about 1am or
2am, and things were moving slow, but then,
all of a sudden, it all started happening,"
mum Keri Stone said.
"We are feeling nothing but joy."
Mrs Stone said Ruby's birth was a great
start to 2018 for the family, after it experi-
enced a sad ending to 2017.
"It was a tough year last year for my fam-
ily," she said.
"We lost my brother in late November, and
so (Ruby's birth) is some positive news for
Ruby is the pair's second child, with al-
most two-year-old Angus now becoming
a big brother, although Mrs Stone said she
isn't sure the news has sunk in for him yet.
"I don't think he quite understands what
is going on, but I am hoping he gets the idea
soon," Mrs Stone laughed.
"I have sent a few photos through to
(Rowls) to show him before he comes in to
meet her, but we aren't sure he quite under-
"I am happy they are close in age, though,
and we hope they will grow up together as
Ruby's two middle names have family
significance, with Heather being her grand-
mother's name, and Penny, her auntie's.
Gawler has maintained its birthing rates
over the past 12 months, with 509 babies born
at the hospital in 2017, according to Nursing
and Midwifery director Gerry Lloyd.
"In 2017, 509 babies were born at Gawler
Hospital, compared with 507 in 2016," Ms
"I'd like to thank Gawler Hospital's hard-
working midwifery and obstetric team -- they
provide excellent care for women in our
community, and we all look forward to wel-
coming new additions to the Gawler commu-
nity throughout 2018."
Angle Vale's Angus (left), Rowls and Keri Stone
welcomed baby Ruby on December 2 at Gawler
PHOTO: Laura Collins
"Beautiful" Shanya first out of the blocks
A SUBDUED New Year's Eve celebration
quickly turned into a moment of history for
Craigmore parents Jessica and Sena Weer-
asinghe, as their daughter Shanya was the
first baby born at the Lyell McEwin Hos-
pital in 2018.
At 3.03am on January 1st, Jessica gave
birth to the couple's third child, Shanya, nat-
urally, following a "fairly quick" four-hour
At the time of birth, Shanya weighed
4.21kg and was 52cm long.
The Weerasinghes had always aimed to
have a baby in 2018, but upon finding out
the news that Jessica's due date was Decem-
ber 30, the pair was quietly hopeful Shanya
might come a little late -- just like their previ-
ous two children, Priyasha and Thejan.
"Jessica went to the doctor on December
29 and the doctor said that she probably
wouldn't have this baby for another week,"
Mr Weerasinghe said.
After hearing the doctor's advice, the
pair had planned a quiet New Year's Eve at
home, until, at around 6:45pm, Jessica's wa-
ter unexpectedly broke and they raced to the
Lyell McEwin Hospital.
"I spent the day doing all the housework,
so I got the kids bathed, got the dinner ready
and was just getting ready to watch the Ad-
elaide Strikers game -- because I'm a big
cricket fan -- only for Jessica to come in and
say that her water had broken," Mr Weeras-
"(While Jessica was in labour) I was look-
ing at the clock and kept thinking, as every
half an hour went by, that she was going to
be a 2018 baby."
The couple, who met in Sri Lanka in 2008,
were both equally amazed and proud of the
baby they had created.
"I was just amazed, as you always are, you
just think 'gosh we made her'," Mrs Weer-
"She's beautiful and she's amazing."
While Shanya was the first baby of the
New Year, the Lyell McEwin experienced
a slight decrease in the number of births
3742 babies, including 42 sets of twins,
were born at the hospital in 2017, compared
to 3846 babies born in 2016.
March represented the busiest month for
the hospital which saw 350 babies born,
while May was the quietest month with 270
Of babies born at the hospital in 2017,
50.52 per cent were boys while the other
49.48 per cent were girls.
Jessica (left), Priyasha, five, Sena and Thejan Weerasinghe, two, welcomed the arrival of their newest
family member Shanya at 3.03am on January 1.
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
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