Just one Christmas baby for Coffs

SLEEPING in a manger, surrounded by wise men and alert-eyed angels is Coffs Harbour’s only Christmas baby – Creek John Haarhuis.

Not to be outdone by his dad’s New Year’s Day birthday, baby Creek arrived one month early, born at 9.30am on Christmas Day – the perfect present after a drawn out 20-hour labour and emergency caesarean.

Weighing 2820g (6lb 3oz), Creek is the sixth child and first son to Chesare and James Haarhuis and joins sisters, Lydia, Tahlia, Kalyshia, Matilda and Erika.

His mum, Chesare, says she is ‘over the moon’ to have a boy.

“He is the smallest, but was the most difficult of them all,” Chesare said.

“I don’t know who’s happier, his sisters or us.

“When I say, ‘I haven’t got my Christmas presents yet’ they say, ‘You got the best present, mum’.”

Dad jokes that next year the family won’t know whether to celebrate Christmas or Creek’s birthday so will have ‘Creekmas’ instead.

Determined to be Coffs Harbour’s Christmas kid, Creek was the only premature baby in the family and his mum says he is doing well.



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