Margaret and Ciaran Martyn welcomed their first-born Ciara into the world at 10.15am on Tuesday, October 25.
Weighing 5lbs 13 1/2oz, the beautiful bonny baby is the first of the family.
Her proud mum Margaret (34) said she got a bit of a shock when little Ciara arrived three weeks early — but said she is over the moon with her.
“I did indeed get a shock. I was brought in on Monday afternoon and then she was born on Tuesday.
“But she’s doing great – she has a good wee set of lungs on her but she is doing very well. She’s just perfect. I’m so happy.”
Ciara’s footballing father Ciaran (31) — who plays midfield for Glentoran — also works as an accountant.
According to Margaret he’s overjoyed with his new bundle of joy.
“He’s doing well — so, so happy.”
She said her stay at Altnagelvin Hospital was fantastic and the staff had been there for her every need. “The staff have been great, no complaints at all. They have been great at taking care of me.
“They have all been great, anything you would need.”
The Eglinton couple, who have been married four years said they are looking forward to getting their newborn home and settled.
“We cannot wait to get home — all being well we will get home soon and get settled in. We’re looking forward to Christmas.
“We’ve been bombarded with friends and family, as you can imagine. Everyone’s really excited.”
Margaret and Ciaran said they will be having a christening in the next few weeks. “That will be the big social gathering. Then it’ll just be nice to have a bit of quiet time.”
As for future plans to grow their family, hairdresser Margaret said the couple have plans on the horizon.
“We really would love to have more — a wee brother or sister for her would be great. Maybe in a year or so.”
Although back to work part-time in eight weeks she said she just wants to get back home and settle in.
“It’s been great but we really can’t wait to get back home — getting her home and meeting the family.”