Cheyenne, Fiona and Troy Sodeau. Genevieve weighing 11lb 2oz,  Ali, 19-months, weighed 11lb 2oz, and brother Dempsey, 3.
Cheyenne, Fiona and Troy Sodeau. Genevieve weighing 11lb 2oz, Ali, 19-months, weighed 11lb 2oz, and brother Dempsey, 3.

Baby boom

By MEL MARTIN

HAVING delivered three babies weighing more than 11 pounds each in three years, you'd have to forgive Fiona Sodeau for being a little tired.

Born on Wednesday afternoon weighing 11- pounds 2 ounces, Genevieve is the latest addition to the Sodeau family.

She joins 19-month-old Ali, who was born at 11.2 pounds, three-year-old Dempsey who weighed 11.6 pounds, and five-year-old Cheyenne, who was kinder to Fiona at 8.6 pounds.

Neither parents are particularly tall, and Fiona says she can't explain why they keep having such big babies.

"The only thing I can think of is that I've got a really healthy diet and I drink lots of milk," she said.

In fact, the 14 litres of milk she drinks each week might be a fair clue.

"You know the biggest 1.9kg tins of Milo?" Troy said.

"I get one of those every time I go shopping! Milk's our biggest bill!"

With all that experience, you might think giving birth to big babies might get easier, but apparently not.

"They were all difficult as far as I'm concerned," Fiona said.

And both parents agree that four is a nice round number and that Genevieve will be the last baby, big or otherwise.

Luckily, there's help at hand, with Cheyenne having already developed motherly instincts and keen to do her bit to help mum and dad.

"I'll pick Genevieve up if she wants me to," Cheyenne said.

Heading home today, Genevieve is lucky to even have a home to go to ? the Sodeau family only recently moved back into their house near Emerald Beach after a tree crashed into it during last October's violent storms.



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