A surprise arrival baffled Jacqueline and Roberto Carrick as soon as the clock passed 2022.
Their new daughter, Eden, appeared on January 1.
The couple’s New Years baby was born at 2:21 a.m. at Sutherland Hospital.
She was due to arrive on December 29, but decided to make her debut three days late.
Illawong’s parents arrived at the hospital at midnight – even spotting the fireworks before the other main event of the evening.
“We weren’t expecting it,” Ms. Carrick, 33, said.
“It went really fast. The contractions started when I was about to go to bed. She walked out crying. We knew she was a girl. I’m really impatient, I wanted to know about me. ‘to organise.”
Eden is the couple’s fourth child.
“We’re done. We always said four was the maximum we’d go. I’m also one of four – I have three younger brothers,” Ms. Carrick said.
She said the COVID-19 restrictions during the lockdown made her pregnancy and childbirth a little different.
“It was difficult to make appointments because I had to go on my own,” she said. “My husband could only come for the 12 week scan. I had to make an appointment around daycare days.
“Also for the births of my other children, my mom was there to support me. This time only my husband was there. Mom was upset but we called on FaceTime as soon as she was born.
“But it was a lot quieter in the hospital, it was a good experience.”