Families' joy over New Year arrivals
Published 02/01/2012 | 00:00
The New Year began with the arrival of some beautiful baby boys and girls in hospitals across Northern Ireland.
Newborn Rosie Stokes from Londonderry arrived at 1am on January 1, 2012 and is thought to be the first baby born here this year
Weighing a solid 7lb 11oz she is pictured yawning at Altnagelvin Hospital in the arms of maternity support worker Majella O'Neill.
Natalie Barr gave birth to a son called Kayden Sean at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast and at 3.16am and Krystyna Nahlik from Greenisland welcomed baby boy Edward into the world weighing 8lbs 2.5oz.
Carla McDowell (19) from Larne, didn't know she was having a little girl until she gave birth to daughter Miley Faith at 3.50am on New Year's Day.
The healthy baby girl entered the world some 35 hours after her mother first went into labour and weighed 7lbs 10oz.
She is the fourth grandchild for James and Donna McDowell and Carla said her dad is as proud as punch.
"He's doting over her," Carla said. "She was due on January 11, so she was a little early, but I don't mind at all."
Carla told the Belfast Telegraph she is feeling great after her long labour and is looking forward to get Miley Faith home to care for her.
Carla added: "She's beautiful. Just perfect and it's a great way to start 2012. She was born with lots of dark hair. I just love her."