Parents Armon and Stephen Mills are celebrating their newest family member baby Ariyah Mills.
Parents Armon and Stephen Mills are celebrating their newest family member baby Ariyah Mills. Hannah Sbeghen

Baby brings a surprise to Calliope family

NEWBORN Ariyah Mills had her whole family fooled until she came face-to-face with them for the first time on Saturday afternoon.

Parents Amron and Stephen Mills said even after two ultrasounds they couldn't tell if their baby would be a boy or a girl.

"She had the umbilical cord wrapped between her legs," Ms Mills said.

"We didn't really mind what gender, we already have a two-year-old girl so we were happy to give her a sister."

The four-day-old, blue-eyed baby girl arrived at 10 past 12 on Saturday by caesarean section at Mater Misericordiae Hospital.

 

GLA170418 Baby Ariyah surprised her parents on Saturday
Baby Ariyah surprised her parents on Saturday. Hannah Sbeghen

"I had my first baby by a caesarean too so I knew what to expect but we did try to have Ariyah naturally, she just wouldn't budge."

Ms Mills said she and partner Stephen were just about to go grocery shopping on Saturday when she suddenly got painful contractions.

"We thought we better go to the hospital and check it out. I had a feeling," she said.

The family from Calliope said the experience was completely different from having their first daughter Shiloh two years ago despite some similarities.

"I was in a room two doors down from the one I'm in now and I had the same midwives too," Ms Mills said.

"Having Shiloh was a very busy time because I was sending pictures to friends and everyone wanted to see her.

"Everyone is excited about Ariyah too but things feel a bit more relaxed."

Dad Stephen Mills said he was proud of his partner for staying so calm.

 

GLA170418 Parents Armon and Stephen Mills are celebrating their newest family member
SATURDAY'S CHILD: Parents Armon and Stephen Mills celebrating their newest family member, baby Ariyah. Hannah Sbeghen

"It's funny, we're having to remember what we did the first time again. Shiloh is only two but she's so independent already, I can't believe how grown up she is. She's very excited for her sister to come home too," he said.

Ms Mills said her daughter Shiloh has taught her so much.

"I wasn't a big fan of newborns before I became a mum but my daughters have really changed my perspective," she said.

"She's a very good sleeper too which makes things easier."

The pair moved to Gladstone from the Gold Coast six years ago and said Ariyah's grandmother was the most excited of them all.