Families welcome babies on Sunday
AUSTRALIA Day has a new meaning for a few central Victorian families, after several newborn babies were welcomed into the world on January 26.
Jodie Tucker and Lionel Musson welcomed Audrey Lee into the world on Sunday at St John of God Hospital at about 1.01pm.
Audrey, born weighing 3.4 kilograms, is a younger sister for two-year-old Henry.
Ms Tucker said her daughter was due on January 27.
"At least we will remember her birthday," she said.
"It is something different."
Ms Tucker said the family decided on the name Audrey because it ran in the family and was traditional.
"It goes with Henry," she said.
"I think once you start using traditional names you don't stop."
Bendigo Health delivered four babies on Australia Day.
Kylie and Nathan Ludeman welcomed Lucy Violet into the world about 5.25pm, almost two weeks earlier than expected.
"It was a nice surprise," Ms Ludeman said.
"She was suppose to come in February but we didn't have any choice in it.
"She chose the day."
Ms Ludeman said the family would also always remember Lucy's birthday.
She said Lucy was a sister for 18-month-old Evie.
The Strathfieldsaye family were hoping to take Lucy home on Wednesday.
Also at Bendigo Health, Danielle Fitzgerald gave birth to Lucia Maree Penno on January 26 about 10.11pm.
Lucia is a daughter to Luke Penno, and a sister to Jackson, 12, Ethan, 9, and Mia, 8.
Ms Fitzgerald said Lucia's birthday was a special day.
"She gets a public holiday for her birthday," she said.
"She is a true blue Aussie."
Ms Fitzgerald said her other children were excited to have a baby sister.
"I think she will be very well looked after by her siblings," she said.
"They are rapt to have a little sister. It's exciting."