BOTH Liana and Felix were not due in this world until next year.
So their arrival yesterday was the best Christmas presents their Wodonga parents could have hoped for.
Olivia and Erin Guile welcomed their first child, daughter Liana Joanne Guile at Wodonga hospital at 6.43am. She weighed 3.53 kilograms.
Their plans for a big family lunch were put on hold and visitors came to them instead.
“I was trying to hold on, but it’s the birthday she wanted,” Mrs Guile said.
“It was a good Christmas present.”
Mr Guile said he felt for baby Liana that her birthday and Christmas would be wrapped into one, but he was “stoked” nevertheless.
“It was great being able to ring my parents and say you’ve got a grandchild for Christmas,” he said.
An hour and two minutes later, Felix Allan Anderson, weighing 4 kilograms, became another Christmas baby after a short labour.
His mum, Trish Anderson said Felix had given her the best possible Christmas present.
Her labour had been so short that her husband, Paul, and daughter Willow, 2, hadn’t even had a chance to open their Christmas presents before they were rushing to hospital.
The family had planned a quiet Christmas at home.
Mr Anderson said he had been lucky enough to be given the opportunity to deliver his son.
“It was beautiful,” he said.
“I recommend it to every dad.”