Welcome Ayden, Valley's first baby for 2014!

AYDEN Smith can lay claim to not only being the first baby born at Bega District Hospital this year, but his recorded weight could remain unchallenged for the rest of the year.

“He was 10 pounds!” mum Amanda Paton said.

“I was pretty surprised at his weight, he was only one day past his due date and really then he only missed that by a  bit.” 

Ayden arrived at 1.17am on New Year’s Day. 

Ayden is the eighth child of Ms Paton and David Smith of Eden, but he is by far their heaviest at birth. 

He joins siblings Jesse-Lee, Tamara-Jane, Amy-Rose, Isaac, Maddison, Zahara and Joshua. 

“They haven’t seen him yet, they are all busting to visit this afternoon,” she said on Wednesday. 

“I probably won’t get a look in, they just want to see Ayden!”

Ayden is the grandson of Percy Paton of Merimbula and Maureen Danvers of Tumut, and Harold and Anne Smith (deceased). 

Ms Paton and Mr Smith thanked their midwives at Bega District Hospital, Judy and Sharon, for their support. 

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