IT TOOK Samuel Jon Penfold a while to arrive, but he was the first baby born in the South Burnett this year.
Arriving five days late, Samuel was born on January 2 at 7.23am at Kingaroy Hospital and weighed about 4.25kg.
Samuel's birth made Jon and Theresa Penfold third-time parents and gave Kingaroy's Ian and Clare Black their 19th grandchild.
The Penfolds, who were a long way from their home of Teelba, were visiting Ms Penfold's parents in town for the Christmas holidays, when their third son was born.
Teelba is about 230km south-west of Dalby.
Ms Penfold, who is originally from Kingaroy, said it was exciting and lovely to bring Samuel into the world.
"He kept us waiting," she said.
"He was due on December 28, but he wanted to see in the new year.
"And when we came down to see (my parents) for Christmas, we decided we'd have Samuel in Kingaroy."
Samuel has two brothers, Harry, 5, and Jack, 3.
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