NEW ADDITION: Evan, 1, Taylor, 5, and Kasey Bolton, 6, with their new Christmas-born sister.
NEW ADDITION: Evan, 1, Taylor, 5, and Kasey Bolton, 6, with their new Christmas-born sister. Rosie Obrien

Fourth child a little Christmas treat

CHRISTMAS was a little sweeter for locals Emma Bentley and James Bolton, who welcomed the birth of their fourth child.

At 3.15am on Christmas day the pair said hello to a healthy 3.6kg baby girl.

Mother Emma said she couldn't come soon enough.

"We were really hoping for her to pop out of Christmas Eve, for her sake, but she was a bit too late," she said.

"And we didn't know the sex until she was born so it was an extra surprise."

The pair admits that they thought the baby would be a boy so still haven't worked out a name that suits.

"We said Nicholas, like the saint if it was a boy, so maybe Nicola now that it's a girl," Mr Bolton said.

"I've been sitting here going through my phone and a book looking at so many names from Chelsea, to Evie or Gorgia."

The pair have three other children, Kasey, 6, Taylor, 5, and Evan, 1, who were all there for support and kisses.

And eldest Kasey thinks she might have the perfect name picked out.

"My choice would be shortcake," she said with a laugh.

The Christmas surprises kept coming for the family, with the arrival of Emma's mother from Sydney.

"I'm just here to lend a helping hand and welcome in this absolutely lovely little baby," she said.

The family who normally go away this time each year on holidays said they're stuck here now but for all the right reasons.

"We had other plans but this is pretty major so once I'm released today a late lunch is on the cards for the afternoon," Ms Bentley said.

Daughter Kasey said she's prepared for the job of being the ring leader.

"I feel so happy and I'm going to be a good older sister and teach her all the tricks," she said.

But the couple have no plans for any more kids.

"I wouldn't say the birth was easy, but it was quick and I'm so done now," she said. "That's what we said the last time though," Mr Bolton said with a laugh.

rosie.obrien@gladstoneobserver.com.au



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