Colin Tufts and Emma McArthur-Tufts, from north Belfast, are celebrating the birth of their first daughter Zarina.
Zarina Elizabeth Emilia Tufts, to give her her full name, weighed 6lbs 1oz when she was born at 8.31pm on August 25 at the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald.
The beautiful little baby girl was due to arrive eight days earlier — but made her appearance into the world fashionably late.
“After keeping us waiting all that time, preparing herself in style, as only a girl can, she made a very speedy appearance,” Emma said.
“She arrived three-and-a-half hours after my waters had broken.
“I had just been at the supermarket to get ingredients to finish the cake I was making for Zarina's great-grandmother's birthday. I managed to decorate the cake.”
Colin, who works for Revenue and Customs, and Emma, who runs Restore and Rebalance Physiotherapy and Pilates, also have a four-year-old son, Karl, who is thrilled to have a new little sister in the house.
“Zarina's big brother Karl is totally besotted with her,” Emma said. “And Colin, my wonderful hubby, is a natural dad.”
Proud mum Emma said she had a wonderful birth experience at the Ulster Hospital and praised the standard of care she received.
“We can't thank and praise the midwives at the Ulster enough,” Emma said. “They were all so kind and attentive and skilled at their jobs. We were in very safe hands.”