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Just Born: Matilda Rose’s early arrival a wonderful surprise

Sara and Andrew Hilton, from Lisburn, have welcomed a daughter into the world.

Matilda Rose Hilton weighed 6lb 0.5oz and measured 46cm when she was born at Lagan Valley Hospital midwife-led unit on January 14 at 6.56pm.

She is the first grandchild for Andrew's side of the family.

Matilda had been expected to arrive on February 5, so her early arrival came as a bit of a shock.

Sara said: “She was three weeks early, so it was a surprise to see her so soon. She is amazing. She looks like Andrew.

“He sees himself as a baby when he looks at her.”

The proud new mum said the staff at Lagan Valley Hospital were “unbelievable”.

“I was really lucky to be able to have her there,” she added. “Everything about it was perfect.”

Parenthood is a challenge but very rewarding.

“It's tiring, but it's really good,” Sara added.

“I am really enjoying it and I think we are doing quite well.”

The Hiltons have been inundated with presents, message of congratulations and well wishes from all their friends and family.

“Everyone has been great,” Sara said. “We want to say a really big thank you to the midwives and all the staff at Lagan Valley.

“They were just unbelievable.”

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