Family welcomes fifth generation with baby Sophia

LITTLESophia Shafer is surrounded by love.
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Her birth, 9 weeks ago, makes herthe fifth living generationunder family matriarchHazel Grey.

LOVE: Hazel Grey with the newest member of her family, 9-and-a-half-week old Sophia Shafer. Picture: Kia Woodmore

“When I first heard my great granddaughter Christina was pregnant, I thought oh my goodness, I’m now a great, great grandmother!

“I never thought I would be around to see the fifth generation of my family, it’s just wonderful. It was such a joyous time when Sophia came into the world,” Mrs Grey, 84,said.

The five generations of women live under the same roof in Medowie, and Mrs Grey said she loves being surrounded by her family.

“We don’t fight. Honestly, we don’t. We’re a close family, we’re always there for each other,” she said.

Sophia’s mother, Christina Shafer, 19, said having her mother, grandmother and great grandmother around was incredibly helpful during her journey into motherhood.

FAMILY LOVE: Five generations from one family is pretty special. Little Sophia Shafer, 9-and-a-half weeks old, with her mother, Christina Shafer, 19, grandmother Maria Cox, great grandmother Margaret Grey and the matriarch of the family, great, great grandmother Hazel Grey. Picture: Kia Woodmore

“They’ve given me a lot of support emotionally, and have also been so so helpfulwith Sophia, like getting up for night-time feeds, giving her lots of love.

“It’s been amazing,” Miss Shafer said.

“I don’t think you could get a family as close as we are. We are there for each other through the ups and downs, it’s a really special bond,” the new mother said.

“It can be interesting at times though,” Miss Shafer said with a smile.

The family moved in togetherfour-and-a-half years ago, having lived apart in various suburbs throughout Port Stephens.

“I love living here. You’re close to the mountains, the ocean, the vineyards, it’s such a beautiful place to live,” Mrs Grey said.

The 2017 Port Stephens Citizen of the Year continues to volunteer at her church, Raymond Terrace Baptist, and has taken along the newest member of her family.

“Sophia has already been to church on Sundays.

“I don’t think there would be toomany churches that have five generations from one family attending a service!” Mrs Grey said.

The family matriarch said some people are baffled to hear that five generations live under one roof, but Mrs Grey saidit works.

“Family is very important to me, to us.

“It’s really special for us to be able to be there for each other in this way,” Mrs Grey said.

Baby Sophia is not stuck for strong female role models in her life, that’s for certain.

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