Dominic Perrottet and his wife Helen have welcomed their seventh baby – a little girl.
Mr Perrottet was Premier of New South Wales for just shy of two weeks when the couple announced they were expecting their seventh child, who they’ve named Celeste Grace Perrottet.
The NSW Premier shared a happy snap on social media, announcing the arrival of Celeste last night. “Here she is!” he wrote. “Helen and I are absolutely thrilled to welcome our beautiful baby girl, Celeste Grace Perrottet, born last night.
“Both Mum and baby are doing well. She’s looking forward to being kissed and cuddled, fought over and cherished by her big brother and sisters. Special thanks to the incredible midwives who were with us every step of the way.”
The 39-year-old and his wife Helen took to social media to announce they’re expecting their seventh child in October last year, revealing they were having a girl. “Exciting family news,” Mr Perrottet wrote at the time. “Our family photo wall is going to need another frame! Helen and I are thrilled to announce we have a little girl due next year.
“With five sisters already, William is looking on the bright side — more bench depth on the family basketball team.”
Mr Perrottet became the youngest leader of NSW, after taking over from Gladys Berejiklian last year. While he and his wife no doubt have their hands full, Mr Perrottet is used to big families. He is the third of 12 children, previously saying, “I had the privilege of growing up in a large family. As you may imagine, my mother ran a very tight ship.
“But with so many of us around, she realised very quickly she could not get everything done by herself. I polished 12 pairs of shoes in summer. I packed 12 lunches in autumn. I changed 1200 nappies in winter and then changed them again in spring.”
He was also grilled about juggling family duties on his first day in the job. “I think what I might lose in time, I gain in perspective. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses, and I am no different to that, but one thing I do know is that I have a very strong team around me.
“I have a strong family and I have a strong ministerial team who will ensure that our focus is on the people of NSW. Yes I have family commitments, but that should not disqualify one from the job.”
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