Louise and Paul Lavery from Derriaghy are enjoying the challenges of parenthood following the birth of their first child.
Louise, a sales assistant, and Paul, a self-employed joiner, welcomed a daughter Tillie into the world on February 10 at 2pm.
She weighed 9lb and measured 53cm on arrival at the Lagan Valley Hospital's midwife unit.
“Seeing her for the first time was fantastic,” Louise said. “Words can't describe it. She is amazing.
“She looks like her daddy. None of her mummy in her at all!”
The new mum praised the high standard of care at Lagan Valley.
“The staff were second to none,” Louise said.
“I could not praise them enough.
“Karen McKenna, the midwife who delivered Tillie was amazing.
“The midwife-led unit is amazing.”
Louise is enjoying being a mother for the first time to Tillie, who is named after the little girl's maternal great-grandmother.
“I am loving being a mum,” she said.
“It is great. She is a good baby, so we are very lucky.”
The Lavery home has been inundated with visitors and messages of support from family and friends.
“We have doting grannies and grandads, great granny and all the rest,” Louise said.
Louise and Paul would like to thank everyone for their support, particularly the team at Lagan Valley Hospital.
“Thank you to Karen and all the girls at the Lagan Valley midwife-led unit,” Louise said.
“They were really good looking after myself, my husband and Tillie, of course.”