Belfast Telegraph

New mums and dads celebrate best Christmas presents they'll ever get

By Colin O'Carroll

Christmas brought a special present never to be forgotten for some doting mums and dads.

While the rest of us were tucking into turkey and ham dinners, some couples were having an altogether different kind of Christmas as their babies arrived on the same day as the baby Jesus.

In Belfast, little Aurora Martin was born early on Christmas morning at 1.27am in the Mater Hospital weighing 7lb 10oz. She was sleeping happily in the arms of her awestruck mum Leigh-Ann Gibson and was already being converted to the joys of Hello Kitty onesies.

In Antrim, Lori and John Wright from Larne were another happy family with their new son, who was born very early on Christmas morning at 2.10am, weighing in at 7lb 7oz at Antrim Area Hospital.

Adrian and Joanne McQuillan from Belmont in east Belfast were next on the rank with their as yet unnamed baby daughter, who arrived in the Ulster Hospital at 3.27am weighing 7lb 14oz.

On the other side of Belfast, Amelia McDonagh was born on Christmas Day at the Royal Victoria Hospital maternity unit at 8.11am.

She weighed a healthy 8lb 15oz and was sleeping happily, swaddled in the arms of her devoted daddy Niall.

Her exhausted mum was taking a well-earned rest after trumping anything Santa could leave under the tree.

Finally, over in the north west, Jenna and John Logue from Donemana outside Strabane in Co Tyrone cuddled their new baby girl, who was born at 9.25am on Christmas morning, weighing in at a healthy 7lb 15oz at Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry.

One thing is for sure, Christmas, and life, is never going to be the same for these happy new parents.

And they will have to remember the two sets of presents rule.

It could get even more expensive around this time of year from now on.

But the joy of a child will be a treasure forever.

None of them were being sent back anyway...

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