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Just born: Oliver James sure to be the pride of his grandparents

Catherine Simpson and Ryan Fletcher from Bangor are celebrating the birth of their first child.

Oliver James weighed 6lbs 7oz and measured 53cms on his arrival at the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald on June 16 at 11.31am.

The healthy baby boy made his appearance a little sooner than had been expected.

Catherine said: "He was an early surprise. He arrived 10 days early."

Full-time mum Catherine (28) and Ryan (30), an IT consultant, are thrilled to be parents.

They are looking forward to getting home with their son and watching him thrive and develop as the weeks pass.

Catherine said: "I am excited to be a mum. Oliver is amazing. He looks like himself.

"Being a parent is really good. It's exciting."

New dad Ryan is also enjoying his new role as a father.

Ryan said: "I am feeling great, excited and very proud." The couple praised the care provided by staff at the Ulster Hospital.

"Everyone has been brilliant, really great," Catherine said.

"Noleen, who was with me in delivery, was really good."

Catherine and Ryan have been inundated with messages of congratulations and well wishes since little Oliver was born.

He is a first grandchild for both sides of their family.

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