Northern Ireland mum’s joy as familiar faces send messages to their own loved ones
Baby makes it a very special Mother’s Day
Mother's Day will always be extra special for Newtownards woman Leigh Dickson (25) - who brought her beautiful new daughter Maddie into the world at the Ulster Hospital yesterday.
Maddie is hairdresser Leigh's second child, and a little sister for Leigh's firstborn daughter, three-year-old Lexi.
"Another wee torture," laughed Leigh, as she celebrated Mother's Day with partner Glenn Wardlow in the hospital's maternity ward. "It's been lovely here," she said. The nurses and staff here have been just great. They couldn't do enough for me."
Both mum and Maddie are doing well, and little sister Lexi is looking forward to getting the pair home today.
And with her bouncing Mother's Day baby Maddie weighing in at a whopping 8lb 10oz, Leigh said she had no plans for a return visit to the maternity ward.
"It stung a bit," she laughed.
"I think that'll do me forever!"
As glowing new mum Leigh was getting to know her new baby daughter, some Northern Ireland famous names were making the most of their mums on Mother's Day.
DUP leader and former First Minister Arlene Foster posted a family photo with her mum Georgina.
Meanwhile, Belfast-born morning TV star Eamonn Holmes tweeted a heartwarming picture with his mum Josephine, who is 90 this year.
"It's about you today Josie," the presenter tweeted.
"From your 5 Big Sons - Happy Mothers Day."
And one mother - former Ulster Unionist MLA Jo-Anne Dobson - was getting ready to give a gift beyond price to her ill son Mark - one of her kidneys.
Mark tweeted: "On Mother's Day I'm sending all my love to Mum!
"She's preparing to donate a kidney to me to release me from a life hooked up to my dialysis machine #Love You Mum."