Lachlan was the perfect New Year gift for the Gray-Gazzola family.

The Sunbury boy was born at 3.23pm on January 1 at the Bacchus Marsh and Melton Regional Hospital – the hospital’s first baby for the year.

Mum Jessica Gray and dad Pete Gazzola generally spend New Years eve at Yendon, where their families live, but decided to have a “quiet one in” to welcome 2017.

It was a good thing they did – Ms Gray’s waters broke just before midnight and she was rushed to hospital as the fireworks were being lit.

Her contractions started at 10am on January 1 and the “perfect little boy” was born that afternoon.

“I was only pushing for 30 minutes so it was very quick,” the first-time mum said.

“It was quite a magical moment.”

Ms Gray says she’s already looking forward to a second child, but Pete is “a bit traumatised” by it all.

But Mr Gazzola says he’s been handling fatherhood well.

“I think we’re very lucky – everything is going by the book,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of confidence in Jess.

“I went straight into changing the nappies and doing everything I can to look after the house. I’m not sure if I’m much help yet, but I’m good for the cuddles.”