PLANETS aligned for day-old Aeson Carter Small before he was even born.
Taking his name from an ancient Latin phrase, little Aeson decided he was on his way to the world very nearly before his parents did.
Translated as 'meant to be', little Aeson is the first child of Tony and Aleece Small.
"Once we had the conversation that we were going to start trying, very shortly after that we discovered we were pregnant," said proud dad Tony.
"Very shortly. Like one or two days."
Arriving at 2.34pm on August 10, little Aeson was two weeks before his due date, only days after returning from a Brisbane holiday.
"Amongst our busy lives, he arrived at the opportune time for both of us," he said.
"We'd only just come back from Brisbane on Thursday afternoon. Aleece's waters broke Saturday morning. We'd been back in Gladstone for one day, we made it back just in time."
Following an uncomplicated six-hour labour, two suddenly became three.
"It's all a little bit surreal," Tony said. "This time just yesterday it was just us, and now we have a baby."
Bub Aeson has already displayed a keen interest in football, arriving in time to watch his father play in the reserve grade Valleys rugby league team.
"I was sweating that he may arrive on game day," Tony said. "He arrived at the perfect time."