IF baby Azalea-Rose Susana Rodriguez could tell us what her New Year’s resolution is, she’d probably say sleep, or be held by mum and dad.

The little one was the first baby born at Sale Hospital in 2024, arriving at 9.39am on Tuesday, January 2 to proud Sale parents Skye Watson and Andres Rodriguez.

Azalea-Rose Susana Rodriguez was the first baby born at Sale Hospital in 2024.

Azalea-Rose will have plenty of time this year to grow, but at birth she weighed eight pounds, one ounce, (3.71 kilograms).

A planned C-section, Skye said the birth went well.

As she held her little child for the first time she “wasn’t with it” due to the anaesthetics, but once they wore off, she felt true happiness and joy.

“I’m glad both me and her are good,” Skye said.

The family will be taking care of Azalea-Rose together.

Skye and Andres thanked the Sale Hospital staff for their support.

As Andres held his daughter for the first time, he was overwhelmed with emotion.

“Overjoyed and emotional, that’s the best way to put it,” Andres said.

Equally excited is Azalea-Rose’s five-year-old sister Octavia. Brother Arlo, 20-months-old, might be too young to understand what’s going on.

“Arlo is a bit unsure. Octavia absolutely loves her,” Skye said.

Octavia confirmed to the Gippsland Times that she loves her baby sister, and said she would help mummy and daddy take care of her.

Skye Watson with daughter Azalea-Rose Susana Rodriguez. Photos: Stefan Bradley

Azalea-Rose, through her names, has connections with past generations.

Skye’s grandmother and Andres’ grandmother both died recently, so Rose as a name is a tribute to them as they both loved flowers. Keeping with the flower theme, Andres liked the name Azalea, thus Azalea-Rose was born.

Her middle name Susana was Andres’ grandmother’s name.

As the newest arrival in a family of five, baby Azalea-Rose Susana Rodriguez will have plenty of love around her in 2024.

Needless to say, this Sale family’s year is off to a great start.

Azalea-Rose may have missed the New Year’s celebrations, but has a whole year to prepare for the next one – and her first birthday.