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Just born: James McAleese-McCambridge

Hold the front page... Belfast Telegraph journalists Jonathan McCambridge and Deborah McAleese had to wait an extra 13 days for late arrival James.

The birth of a baby boy to Jonathan McCambridge and Deborah McAleese

Jonathan McCambridge and Deborah McAleese, from Hillsborough, Co Down, are celebrating the birth of their son James Arthur McAleese-McCambridge.

Belfast Telegraph news editor Jonathan (38) and crime correspondent Deborah (36) are enjoying every moment of being parents to the beautiful baby boy, who weighed 7lbs 9oz when he was born at the Ulster Hospital on May 25 at 2.10pm.

"The wee rascal waited for the sunny weather," Jonathan said.

"He was 13 days overdue, so had to be induced, but still didn't come. Eventually we had to go for an emergency section and he was born fighting fit and healthy.

"As soon as I saw him I shouted 'it's a boy' – I was so excited.

"Everybody says he looks like me, but I think he looks like his grandpa Jim."

The proud new father said it's difficult to put into words the overwhelming feeling you get when holding your own child for the first time.

"It's like you're in a dream and you're looking down at the whole thing," Jonathan said. "They gave him to me after they cleaned him up and I was just looking at this wee man, with his eyes staring at me and I knew life was never going to be the same again."

Jonathan praised his wife for being a natural mother.

"Deborah has done an amazing job," he said. "I know it was a very, very tough pregnancy and a very tough labour, but she's come through it magnificently well and seeing how good she is with the child and how natural she is with him makes everything worthwhile.

"I'm just so proud of her and how she's coped with everything."

Little James, a first grandchild for Deborah's side of the family and a second for Jonathan's, is receiving lots of love and attention from everyone.

"Everyone is excited beyond belief and we've had so much support from both sides of the family, our neighbours and friends," Jonathan said. "All the corny things I said I wasn't going to do, like showing people my baby pictures all the time and talking about him all the time, have completely gone out the window.

"I spend all my time talking to people about him until I see their eyes glaze over!"

Jonathan and Deborah are looking forward to watching James grow and thrive in the days, months and years to come.

"Coming home from work at the end of the day and holding your son in your arms and having him look back up at you and hold your finger with his wee fingers gives you something to look forward to every day," Jonathan added.

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