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Just born: Christopher Simon Willis

By Amanda Poole

Nicola and Paul Willis from Ballygowan are now the proud parents of two healthy boys.

Little Christopher Simon Willis arrived in the world at 10.18am on Tuesday, June 7, weighing 5lbs 7oz.

The ecstatic couple's other son Joseph is just 16-just months old, so they are bracing themselves for ‘double trouble’.

Joseph (1) has a brand new playmate and in time someone to boss about, as older brothers tend to do.

Home-maker and full-time mother Nicola (28) said she is “so happy” to welcome the new addition to the Willis family.

She is looking forward to watching the boys go from strength to strength as the years pass by.

Two boys can be a handful, but able mummy Nicola is seeing the benefit of having her children in relatively quick succession.

“They can grow up together,” she said.

“Do all the same things and be good friends for each other.”

The Willis' decided not to find out the gender of their baby in advance, so Christopher's new bedroom is decorated in neutral colours.

“He was a nice wee surprise,” Nicola said. “I'm feeling great. The C-section was fine and Paul was able to be with me throughout. I'm feeling dead on now. I think he looks like mummy's side of the family.”

The couple said the Ulster Hospital maternity team have been “great”and a big help.

Paul (40) joked with the Belfast Telegraph that he was actually 21-years-old and said his wife held his hand very tightly while he was by her side.

“I ended up with white fingers!” he said.

To which Nicola replied: “Did you? I don't even remember!”

Paul's middle name is Simon and now so is Christopher's.

He is a digger driver by trade and a big hunting fan, so he's looking forward to taking his two boys on shooting trips when they get a bit older.

“I'm over the moon, “ he said. “We have our own ground up in Ballygowan, so I can take them out there.

“We're just taking one day at a time at the moment. I'm feeling super.”

Nicola's grandmother Sheila McCullough watched on as her tired by happy granddaughter fed her second great grandchild, who was wrapped up warm and cosy in a Winnie the Pooh baby-grow.

“I think he's marvellous,” Sheila said. “I'm so lucky.”

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