A YOUNG Gladstone couple is feeling blessed after the safe arrival of their first child on Monday.
Anne-Maree and David Roby welcomed a beautiful daughter, Elouise Grace, on November 10.
"She's very sweet, placid and interested in what's going on around her," new mum Anne-Marie said.
"I woke up on Tuesday and she wasn't crying, just peering around at the world."
Mr and Mrs Roby did not know whether they were expecting a boy or girl, and had a name picked out for both genders.
"We loved the meaning behind Elouise," she said.
"It means fighter or little warrior. We like the idea that she is a brave little girl."
The Gladstone school teacher said the whole process of pregnancy was a pleasure, albeit with a small amount of morning sickness in the early days.
"We were waiting and waiting for her to come; we are so happy she's finally arrived 11 days overdue," she said.
"I think she was just really happy in the tummy, and I loved being pregnant."
The 4230g bundle of joy arrived at 4.20pm, with a mop of gorgeous brown hair.
The new parents were overwhelmed at the level of care they received at Gladstone Hospital.
"We have been amazed at how well we've been looked after," they said.
"In every way possible, we've been given the best treatment and we couldn't be more thankful."
Although father David has been in Gladstone since he was two years old, little Elouise is the first Gladstone-born member of the family.