Meet Nia – Argyll’s New Year baby

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The new year came with an extra special delivery for the Robertson family of Inveraray.

The first arrival of 2019 at Paisley’s Royal Alexandra Hospital was Nia Annie-Rose, born at 1.10am on New Year’s Day.

Born three weeks early after what mum Kirstin describes as a ‘tricky’ pregnancy, Nia weighed in at 6lb 15oz at birth – but both mum and baby are doing well.

Kirstin and her firefighter husband Derek, from Inveraray, are delighted with their new arrival. Nia’s big brothers Evan, 8, and Calum, 4, are excited at the new addition to the family.

Evan said, succinctly: ‘She’s really nice and cute.’

Kirstin explained the origins of her new daughter’s name. ‘Nia has Welsh and Irish origins and means brightness. It comes from a Welsh version of the fairly tale Tir nan Og ‘land of youth’.’

She continued: ‘Nia also has the name Annie after her late great-grandmother Annie MacIver.’

A planning manager for the NHS, Kirstin said: ‘It is a perfect way to start the new year.

‘Derek and I are very grateful to the Mid Argyll midwives, especially Karen McAlpine, as well as Dr Murphy and everyone at the RAH.

‘They’ve all been so good to us.’