Meet Jessica - Southwest Queensland’s first 2021 baby
Finding the words to describe new arrival baby Jessica was difficult for Roma's Sandy and Adrian Elloy, but the smiles on their faces and the love in their eyes spoke volumes.
Despite being just one day old, Jessica has already made her mark as the first baby to be born in Southwest Queensland in 2021, the year after the black summer fires, torrential floods, and the COVID pandemic.
Mrs Elloy said it was 'a privilege' to be the first mother to welcome her baby to the world in Roma for 2021.
Mr Elloy said it was a 'very special' moment to see his daughter enter the world.
"We do get the best treatment here in the Roma Hospital," he said.
Jessica was born in the Roma Hospital at 9.04am on January 5, weighing in at 3.415kg (7lb 8.46oz) and a little sister to Emily.
Grandmother Shelly Apelt said the hospital had provided great care and great meals to the family.
"I'm just so amazed at how well they're getting looked after," she said.
Midwife Ange Gorry feels very lucky to be in her job, being with families as they welcome new members to the world.
"It's a real privilege because you get to be with a new baby and the family when they're welcoming a new family member," Mrs Gorry said.