Over 22 years as a midwife, Teresa McDowell has witnessed the birth of many babies, but none so special as that of her first grandchild, Ruairi.
Teresa is absolutely thrilled for daughter Stephanie McDowell (26) and her partner Glenn Casement (35) on the safe delivery of a healthy baby boy.
It had been expected that Ruairi would be born at the Downe Hospital, where Teresa works.
But when a recent scan revealed that his estimated weight was a whopping 12lbs 12ozs, the delivery was switched to the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald.
On his arrival into the world at 8.10am on March 13, by Caesarean section, Ruairi weighed the little less daunting, but still considerable, amount of 10lbs 2oz.
“I couldn't hold him straight away, but the first thing I thought when I did was that he is the double of his daddy,” Stephanie said.
“I was delighted mum was there with me and everything was okay.”
Midwife sister Teresa is thoroughly enjoying her new role as a grandmother. “Ruairi is wonderful,” she said.
“It was lovely to be there as he arrived to support Stephanie.
“The C-section was very quick and the care she received throughout was great. The post-natal care at the Ulster was exceptional — I couldn't praise them enough.”
Ruairi is a first grandchild for both sides of the family and his middle name is Kevin after Glenn's father.
Stephanie and Glenn, from Teconnaught, Co Down, have been inundated with messages of support, cards and gifts since his arrival. “He's spoiled already,” Stephanie said. “Being parents is brilliant, Ruairi's amazing.
“We've had a few tough nights, sleep-wise, but he's very good and we have had lots of help from our families.”