PROUD parents are celebrating after getting an extra special gift this Christmas Day with the arrival of their new born babies.
As most of us tucked into our turkey and sprouts, families waiting patiently at the Countess of Chester Hospital enjoyed receiving the ‘most perfect present’ as they welcomed their bouncing babies into the world.
Weighing 7lb 11oz, baby Olivia Grace McConnell of Huntington, Chester, was the first baby to be born in the hospital on Christmas Day.
And at 10.09am Heather Sweeney, of Holly Bank, Frodsham, and her partner Phil Jackson were overjoyed when their ‘magical’ baby Alfie was born almost a week after he was due.
The 37-year-old social worker was said to be overjoyed with the arrival of her second child who weighed in at 8lb 7oz.
Speaking on Thursday, her partner Phil, who watched the arrival of his son describing it as a ‘real eye-opener’, said he always thought baby Alfie would be born on Christmas Day despite being due six days before.
“We went to the hospital around about 4am, obviously we knew he was going to come some time but it was a bit of a shock that he arrived on Christmas Day,” said Phil, who works as an engineer.
“But I always felt that he would be born on Christmas Day, I just had a feeling.”
The family arrived back home on Boxing Day and are now looking forward to celebrating a late Christmas with their relatives, and opening presents with their new bundle of joy.
“We are very tired but it is just magical. We are just trying to get some normality back into our lives,” added Phil.
At 9.20pm Caroline Doherty and her husband Ben from Waverton, Chester, welcomed their new born baby girl Sophie into the world.
Caroline, who is self-employed, said she was relieved that her baby girl had been born safe and well following an emergency Caesarian on Christmas Day.
“We were expecting her on Christmas Eve,” said Caroline, who is a partner at Walk Mill in Waverton. “We did not know if we were having a girl or a boy so it was a lovely surprise.
“I am just really pleased she is fit and well.”
The family were preparing to leave the hospital to celebrate Christmas on Thursday.
And at 7.29pm Koba Luczak, from Mancot, was born, weighing 7lb 2oz.