Essie Van Staden was born on Dec. 25, 2019 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She weighed six pounds and measured 17 inches. Her parents, Natalie and Gray Van Staden of Wellfleet, report that she was expected home from the neonatal intensive care unit on Tuesday, just in time for New Year’s. Her grandparents are Debra and Paul Souza of Truro and Maria and Van Van Staden of Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng, South Africa. Her great-grandparents are Virginia Souza of North Truro and Lynne and Jere Milliken of Truro. Essie joins cousins Emerson and Ruby Kane of Truro and Shané, Angelia, Layah, and Yva Van Staden of South Africa.