Casey Moore was born on May 27, weighing a little over eight pounds and is the first son for parents Tenisha and Braydon Moore.
And as fate would have it, Casey also will forever be known as the first baby born at the new Mudgee Hospital.
Casey mum, Tenisha spoke to the Mudgee Guardian about what it the hospital is like as an expectant mum and how her pregnancy has been affected by COVID-19.
Tenisha said a pandemic was the last thing she expected to deal with when she found out she was pregnant.
"It was definitely not the experience I had looked forward to when I found out I was pregnant. I had to cancel my baby shower which was very disappointing. We were pretty lucky living in Mudgee though, the number of cases were low and for the most part people were following the restrictions" she said.
We didn't see much of the hospital, just the entrance and the maternity unit but from what we saw it's very large and all the staff were friendly.Tenisha Moore
"My partner Braydon was still able to come to all my ultrasounds which we were grateful for because I heard in some places the dad wasn't allowed into the ultrasound room. We also had planned for my mum to be in the birthing suite with us however with the restrictions i was only allowed one support person in the room and that person was the only one allowed to visit when I was in the hospital as well so my mum wasn't able to be there for the birth.
Tenisha's birth was so soon after the opening that in some cases wallpaper was still being applied.
"The new hospital is amazing the birthing suite is massive and has a huge bath and a shower with two shower heads. We didn't see much of the hospital, just the entrance and the maternity unit but from what we saw it's very large and all the staff were friendly. There were still people putting up wallpaper and doing odd bits and pieces but otherwise was great," she said.
Tenisha said COVID worry caused some nerves but in the end everything went well and Casey it happy and healthy.
"I think all new parents are nervous but just being informed and speaking to professionals like my doctor helped calm the nerves around COVID-19. We are just being extra careful with visitors and hygiene ensuring everyone has washed their hands and hasn't been sick recently so it's a little less scary," she said.
"We are going great he is absolutely perfect. We have had a few sleepless nights but nothing too bad. We have had close family around but that's all until his six week vaccinations."