Just Born: Handsome tot Cavan Michael O'Neill is ahead of his time
'Our family and friends were such an invaluable support network for us'
The birth of a baby boy to Emma Deighan and Diarmuid O'Neill
Emma Deighan and Diarmuid O'Neill from Belfast are enjoying parenthood following the early arrival of their "handsome" son, Cavan Michael O'Neill.
Cavan weighed 4.14lbs and measured 45cm when he was born, six weeks early, at the city's Royal Victoria Hospital on May 18 at 9.57pm.
The baby boy's first name – Cavan – is Irish for 'handsome' and he received the middle name Michael after Emma's late father.
Emma (34), a journalist, and Diarmuid (33), a joiner, said the RVH staff were very supportive throughout the labour and after Cavan arrived in the world.
"I couldn't wait to see his little face and fell in love immediately," Emma said. "I was just relieved to hear his screams, because he was so early. I was quite nervous that something could be wrong."
The love and support the couple has received from family and friends since Cavan was born has been a source of great comfort to them both.
"Our family and friends were such an invaluable support network, as the first two weeks were a very anxious time," Emma added.
"We want to thank every well-wisher, whether they came to us in person, or posted on my Facebook wall.
"Their messages saw us through that nerve-racking fortnight."
Little Cavan is healthy, happy and doing well at home.
"He has my eyes, chin, and dimples and his daddy's nose," Emma said.
"He is the first grandson on the O'Neill side, carrying on the family name."