The patter of tiny feet on way for delighted Belfast Lord Mayor Gavin Robinson and wife
Belfast's first citizen is to become a father for the first time.
Gavin Robinson, who took the Lord Mayor's chain last June, has confirmed he and his wife Lindsay are due to become parents in September.
Last night the 28-year-old DUP politician announced the news that he will be preparing for a new arrival just three months after departing his Lord Mayor's position.
"Lindsay and I are thrilled by the news and are really looking forward to becoming parents," he said, confirming the pregnancy.
The qualified barrister, who was elected to the council in 2010, will hand over the chain of office in June.
Among the key events during his mayoral year was welcoming the Olympic Torch to the city centre and a Diamond Jubilee visit by the Queen and Prince Philip.
"This has obviously been an amazing year for us already – but nothing could top this! We are so happy and excited," he said.
It is unknown whether the new delivery will be a girl or boy, but the infant will be the first grandchild for both their sets of parents – so the extended family are said to be "over the Moon".
Mr Robinson and his wife – a social worker – who celebrated their second wedding anniversary earlier this month will also become parents for the first time just months after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Mr Robinson, who has been a member of the DUP since 2003, added: "When our term as Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress finishes in June there will no doubt be plenty of work scheduled in for me on the homefront – the decorating of a nursery has already been put on the 'to do' list.
"Seriously, though, I will be happy to get involved in all of the preparations for our new arrival. We both couldn't be happier."