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AFL player Matt Priddis, and his wife Ashleigh, recently welcomed their first child, and have named their daughter Nala May [pictured]. Matt plays for the West Coast Eagles, and Ashleigh is a pre-primary schoolteacher. The couple were married in 2009, with baby Nala arriving shortly before their third wedding anniversary.

NRL player Albert Kelly, and his partner, Mtia Tass, welcomed their first child last month, and named their daughter Brida-Lee. Albert is a cousin of NRL star Greg Inglis. His career got off to a rocky start until he joined Black on Track, an Aboriginal employment programme in Newcastle which taught him how to turn his life around. He has recently signed with the Gold Coast Titans.

Country music singer Melinda Schneider, and her partner, former rock vocalist Mark Gable, welcomed their son Sullivan James or “Sully” on August 28. Mark was front man for The Choirboys, and is now a radio host and an ambassador for beyondblue. Sullivan is the first child for Melinda and Mark, but he apparently has five siblings.

Actress Saskia Burmeister, and her husband, actor Jamie Croft, welcomed their first child in May. According to an international fan, Saskia and Jamie’s son is named Jackson, and claims that this information was on the Black & White & Sex Facebook page. If so, it has since been removed, and I can’t verify it, so this is just a rumour. You may recall that Saskia’s name was recently featured on the blog at public request.

Author Bronnie Ware welcomed her daughter Elena in February this year, and within 24 hours had been offered her first international book deal. Bronnie has a background working in palliative care, and her memoir, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying – A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing, has been published in 25 languages since its self-published success last year. Bronnie has just returned from a promotional tour in the UK.

Former AFL player Leigh Harding, and his wife Stacey, welcomed their daughter Milla last year. Milla was born 13 weeks premature after Stacey became dangerously ill with pre-eclampsia, and had to have an emergency caesarean in order to save her life, and Milla’s. Milla will be having her first birthday soon, and the Hardings are going on a charity walk to raise funds for Life’s Little Treasures, the foundation which gave them so much help after Milla’s birth. Leigh used to play for the North Melbourne Kangaroos, and now plays for the Werribee Tigers in the VFL.

Comedian Tim Ross, and his wife Michelle Glew-Ross, welcomed their first child last year and named their son Bugsy. Tim Ross or “Rosso” was part of a successful comedy duo with Merrick Watts for many years, Merrick and Rosso. Recently they parted ways to forge separate careers. You may remember that Tim’s former comedy partner Merrick welcomed a daughter named Kinga last year, and it seems that both have a penchant for out-of-the-ordinary baby names.

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