Oh baby, Santa’s almost here

Baby Archie Bassett will enjoy his first Christmas this year. Renmark parents Kate Heywood and Locky Bassett plan to create their own family traditions to celebrate the big day. PHOTO: Sara Gilligan

A RENMARK couple’s “Christmas miracle” will this year enjoy his first visit from Santa.
Following a successful IVF journey, Kate Heywood and Locky Bassett received news of their pregnancy just before last Christmas – the “best present” they could have asked for.
Archie John Bassett was born on July 29 and has filled Kate and Locky’s lives with joy ever since.
Kate said the couple “couldn’t wait” to celebrate Archie’s first Christmas as a new family.
“Having Archie in our lives has re-awakened the inner child in us,” she said.
“In the past, Christmas hasn’t really been a big deal, but we can’t wait to go all out for Archie this year and create our own traditions.
“We will put the milk and cookies out for Santa and the carrots out for the reindeer.
“Christmas is always more fun when there are kids around and I know Santa is going to spoil Archie.
“I can’t wait for him to be a bit older and see the excitement on his face.”
Archie will spend his first Christmas Day visiting Kate’s parents’ house for lunch and Locky’s parents’ house for dinner.
“I’ve bought him a little Christmas onesie to wear on the day,” Kate said.
“He will be surrounded by cousins and is sure to have lots of cuddles.
“In the morning, me and the boys will open presents.
“Santa always gets our two dogs, Austin and Dexter, a little gift as well. They are like protective big brothers to Archie.”
Kate encouraged other new parents to “take in every moment” during the big day.
“Archie is growing up so fast and it will only be his first Christmas once.
“Take lots of photos to capture those beautiful memories.”

Sara Gilligan

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Sara Gilligan completed a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Writing and Creative Communication at the University of South Australia in 2014. Sara grew up in the Adelaide Hills before moving to the Riverland to pursue her career. She has spent the past four years working as a journalist for the Taylor Group – transferring from The River News in Waikerie to the Murray Pioneer in 2016. Her column Sara Says features weekly on page 2 of Tuesday’s Pioneer. Her hobbies include photography, reading, wine tasting, fishing and exploring the Riverland landscape.

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