THREE North Devon families were given an extra special Christmas delivery they weren’t expecting this year.
Three babies were born on Christmas Day this year at North Devon District Hospital’s maternity unit, none of which were due on Christmas Day itself.
The first baby to be born arrived at 7.49am on Christmas day morning, belonging to parents Lola Kelly and Ricky Weston, both 24.
Baby Elliot Jordan Weston is the first baby for both parents, and he arrived four weeks early to the day, weighing a tiny three pounds 11 ounces.
Lola’s waters broke 12 days before Christmas but nothing happened, so she was given injections and anti-biotics and went home.
But three days ago, the hospital induced Lola.
She said: “As I had been induced, I did think he could be born on Christmas Day, but before that it hadn’t really crossed my mind.
“Yesterday after he was born I didn’t really think about anything as I was just so excited to be a new mum – you just don’t stop to think.
“But today I’m starting to think that every year from now on is going to be really expensive.
“It has been a very special Christmas, he is the best present.”
Lola said that dad Ricky was out shopping today for some clothes for baby Elliot, who was smaller than expected.
She said: “We have had to buy him some clothes and nappies today, everything is just huge for him.
“But we went crazy with blue stuff before he was born, so hopefully we will have enough clothes to last him for a year now.”
The next Christmas baby arrived at 8.26am, belonging to parents Tina and Wayne Trevena.
Baby Noah Alan Philip Trevena is the first baby for the couple, who said his arrival was long awaited.
Mum Tina was in labour with Noah for almost two days.
She said: “He was due on the 21, so we did think it was a possibility he could be born on Christmas day, but when I went into labour on the 23, we ruled it out as we thought it would happen sooner.
“He was such a nice Christmas present though, he has been very long awaited.
“Everyone’s Christmas in our family has been put on the backburner now though, no one has opened any of their presents. They are still all wrapped up under the tree.
“We will be celebrating Christmas day over the weekend and it will be such a lovely first Christmas for Noah.”
Noah is Tina and Wayne’s first child, and Tina said she had been feeling a bit anxious about the birth.
She said: “I honestly cannot thank the staff here enough, they have been fantastic.
“One nurse even stayed with me after she was due to go home on Christmas day to her family because she knew I was anxious. They really have gone above and beyond for us. It’s been amazing.”
The last baby to be born in North Devon this Christmas was Trinity Harper Davis, who followed shortly afterwards at 8.56am weighing six pounds 12 ounces.
Trinity was born to mum Kirsty Hutchings, 29, dad Tom Davis, and her excited brothers and sister Alfie, 9, Jamie, 5, and Kelsey-Sky, 8 couldn’t wait to meet her.
Kirsty said she had planned to have a home birth with Trinity, who was due on December 30, but she was brought into hospital at 4am on Christmas morning.
She said: “I had planned to have a home birth with her and we were all ready for it. But after my waters broke, everything just stopped and she turned around so I had to come into hospital.”
She said that Trinity arriving on Christmas day had made her older sister’s Christmas wish come true.
“Her sister had been playing up a little bit on Christmas Eve, so I told her to behave or else she wouldn’t get her presents from Santa.
“But then she said that she didn’t want any presents this year, she just wanted the baby to be born and now she has her Christmas wish.”