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Just born: Jack James Lillie


Diane Thompson, Paul Lillie and baby Jack James

Diane Thompson, Paul Lillie and baby Jack James

Diane Thompson, Paul Lillie and baby Jack James

Diane Thompson went into labour shortly after watching her sister Heather get married.

Clerical officer Diane (22) and her fiancé Paul Lillie (23), from Ballybeen in Dundonald, had to quickly make their way from the wedding reception at the Clandeboye Lodge Hotel to the maternity wing of the Ulster Hospital.

After 16 hours in the delivery suite the couple welcomed Jack James Lillie into the world.

He was born at 12.55pm on May 23, weighing a healthy 7lbs 13oz and sporting a full head of dark hair.

“At least he waited until the service was over,” Diane said.

“My sister’s in Mexico on honeymoon and can’t wait to get back as she hasn’t seen him yet”.

Paul, who manages a bookmakers, said there was no chance of anyone placing bets on the sex of the couple’s first child, as they chose to find out they were having a little boy at their 27-week scan.

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Proud father Paul is off work for a few weeks and said he’s looking forward to being a hands-on dad.

He said being by Diane’s side throughout her labour was a “mindblowing experience”.

“He’s a good wee thing and he’s got plenty of blue clothes already, even though he’s a Man United fan.”

Liverpool fan Diane said she had to come to an arrangement with Paul about Jack’s football allegiance.

“I’ve agreed he’s allowed to support Manchester United, if he can support Linfield too.”

To which a sullen-faced Paul said: “Even though I’m a Glens man.”

Diane said she was overwhelmed with emotion when Jack was born and despite the long labour is feeling fantastic.

“I’m so happy and feeling great. I had gas and air to help me and it didn’t feel |like 16 hours. The time just flew in. Our midwives and all the staff have been amazing. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Baby Jack won’t be able to avoid being spoilt rotten, as he is the first grandchild for Diane and Paul’s parents — Karen and Alan Thompson and Lynette and Paul Lillie.

He will have no shortage of friends, as cousins of the couple, as well as friends and neighbours have had children recently. “There are babies everywhere at the moment. He will have plenty of friends to play with,” Diane said.

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