Hannah and Scott Avis with their first son Riley.
Hannah and Scott Avis with their first son Riley. Contributed

High school sweethearts welcome first child

HANNAH Avis loves the weekly milestones a firstborn child brings while husband Scott can't wait to kick the footy around with his new son.

Riley William Avis was born on April 14 this year, with a naming ceremony held on November 15.

Family and friends gathered at Spinnaker Park to celebrate Riley's official welcome into the world.

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"It was a lovely day. There was about 60 people there," Mrs Avis said.

"We had family and friends that travelled from Monto and Bundaberg to be there."

Four godparents, grandparents and friends also joined in the celebration which ended with a lunch.

Little Riley wasn't all smiles during the warm day.

"He spent most of the day crying," she laughed.

"It was so hot, so after the naming part we stripped him off. He wore a singlet and nappy for the rest of the day."

Family and friends stayed at the Avis house afterwards, gathering around a camp oven for dinner.

"Scott cooked us a stew even though it was 40 degrees," Mrs Avis laughed. "It was a lovely night."

Mr and Mrs Avis love being parents.

"It's completely changed our lives," she said.

Mrs Avis, a teacher for six years, didn't think she would enjoy being a mum as much as she has.

"I like the tiny developments that happen, the rolling over, sitting up, holding the spoon and all the giggles."

Riley's first name wasn't derived from anywhere in particular, but his middle name was passed on from his grandad.

"William is his middle name and that is Scott's father's name," Mrs Avis said.

Adding a baby to their little family was the perfect result for the couple.

"We went to school together in Monto," Mrs Avis said.

"He was my high school boyfriend when I was 15.

"We got married, built a house and had a baby."



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