Thomas Cupples and Suzanne O’Connor from Killough welcomed baby Lillianna Cupples into the world on September 3.
The gorgeous little redhead, who is named after Suzanne’s late grandmother and great-grandmother, arrived at 10.26am weighing 7lbs 9.5oz.
“I’m feeling absolutely fantastic,” Suzanne said. “I planned to go to the Downe midwifery-led unit and wanted as natural a birth as possible. All the midwives were so attentive and caring. It was just brilliant, and it was great that my family was so close by.”
Suzanne said she had a very good pregnancy.
“Thomas was with me during my seven-hour labour and we were delighted when she finally arrived. Seeing her for the first time was the best feeling in the world. I will never forget it.”
Lillianna is the first child for Suzanne (28), a residential worker for people with learning difficulties, and Thomas (43), a painter and decorator. The couple chose to find out the sex of their baby so they could get busy preparing for her arrival.
“I had a private 3D scan and we were so pleased when we found out we were having a wee girl.
“We decorated the room pink and white and everything was ready to go.
“We named her Lillianna after my great granny and nanny, who have both passed away.” Suzanne said the couple’s families have been very supportive so far and little Lillianna will have plenty of playmates as she grows up.
“She’s one spoilt wee madam,” proud mum Suzanne said.
“Lillianna is the third grandchild for my parents and I couldn’t even begin to count how many grandkids Thomas’s parents have.”
The couple have plans for a holiday in the Dominican Republic this April and are hoping to expand their family afterwards.
“We can’t wait to have another little brother or sister for her,” Suzanne added.
“We have to get injections to go on our holiday, but we are hoping to add to the family after that. Lillianna makes us both so happy. We are enjoying her being a baby and looking forward to watching her grow.”