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By Patrice Dougan

Samantha Moore is still coming round to the idea of being a big sister.

After 11 years on her own she says “it feels weird” to hold her little brother Jai, born on July 13 at 4.13pm.

But she’s getting used to the precious new addition to the family along with mum Janice (35) and dad David (48).

Little Jai weighed just 4lbs 9oz after being born by emergency Caesarean four weeks early. His body is so small, Janice said they were finding it difficult to find clothes to fit.

The mum-of-two was at the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald for two days before the emergency delivery, and said it was a relief when she was finally told they were going to operate.

“I knew it was an end to it, so it pleased me,” she said. “It was a relief.” Not so for her worried husband, though, as he sat waiting outside the room while doctors prepared Janice for the Caesarean.

“I think it was worse for me than it was for her,” David said.

And Janice agreed: “I think it was actually, he was more devastated than I was.”

But despite all the drama, little Jai’s health does not appear to have suffered.

“He was supposed to be in the neo-natal unit but he’s actually come out and he’s better than what they expected,” said Janice.

And pointing to the incubator, she said: “He just has to be in this for a bit of heat and that’s it, so there’s been no problems with him. He’s been great.

“And he hasn’t cried much so far.”

But she said she had to wait a full day after he was born to hold him.

“I’ve been able to hold him properly and feed him myself, so it’s great fun.

“And he’s just so tiny as well. We can’t get a hat to fit him right now, the one he has is too big for him.”

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