Just Born: Cuan Daithi Stewart
Aran Stewart and Caoimhe Bradaigh are celebrating the birth of their first child, Cuan.
Aran (22), from Ardoyne in north Belfast, and Caoimhe (21), from Ballymurphy in west Belfast, welcomed their son into the world on December 24 at 3.29am.
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They chose to find out in advance they were having a boy and were thrilled to meet him when he finally arrived 10 days late.
Cuan was 7lbs when he was born at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, and he shares his middle name — Daithi — with his proud dad.
Aran said: “I couldn't believe it when he was born. It was amazing. There were a few complications, but when they brought the baby to Caoimhe tears filled my eyes.
“Everyone says he looks like me. He has big hands like me, and he's got Caoimhe's nose.”
Little Cuan is a first grandchild for the couple's parents.
At the moment he lives with his mother, but in a year or so Aran and Caoimhe are planning to set up a family home together.
“I like being a parent,” Aran said.
“It makes you think, and I have more responsibilities.
“Life's not your own anymore, but I am enjoying it.”
Aran says the pace of his life has changed dramatically since Cuan's birth, but he and Caoimhe are enjoying every minute of being first-time parents.
Aran praised the staff at the Royal for the care they provided to Caoimhe and his son.
“The staff were great,” he said.