Just Born: Zara Fraedrich - Rachel and Pete's tears of joy
Rachel and Pete Fraedrich from Lisburn have welcomed their first child into the world. Zara Elizabeth Fraedrich weighed 8lbs 2.5oz and measured 51cms when she was born at the Lagan Valley Hospital's midwife-led unit on August 26 at 11.47pm.
Nursery unit head Rachel (23) and Pete (28), a systems administrator, knew they were expecting a girl, whose middle name is after her father's grandmother.
Rachel recalled meeting their beautiful baby daughter for the first time.
"I thought she was absolutely gorgeous," Rachel said.
"The two of us sat and cried our eyes out."
Rachel explained she greatly benefited from Lazy Daisy active birth classes ahead of the little one's arrival.
"I got into the zone and breathed through each and every contraction," she said.
"The classes were fantastic and the midwives helped me so much."
Rachel and Pete's friends and family are doting on the new addition.
"Everyone loves her," Rachel said.
"Everyone is completely besotted with her.
"We want to thank everyone for all their support."
The Fraedrichs are looking forward to watching Zara change and grow as the days go by.
"We can't wait to see her wee personality coming through and who she is going to look like," she said.