TWO bouncing babies boys made perfect festive presents – and their mums still managed to eat their Christmas dinners!
The babies were among four who arrived at South Tyneside District Hospital, South Shields, on Christmas Day.
Hayden Dix, who entered the world at 1.47am on December 25, weighed in at 7lbs 5oz.
He was born to Amy Murphy and Paul Dix, 30, from South Shields, after being induced.
Miss Murphy, 30, who is also mum to Nathan, seven, said: “Due to health reasons I was induced on Christmas Eve, and Hayden arrived at 1.47am, so we knew there was a good chance he’d be born on Christmas Day. I was allowed to go home at about 1pm, on condition that I came back into hospital later on.
“I got the best of both worlds. Hayden arrived and I was still able to have my dinner and see the family.
“I think we will have to stay in hospital for one more night, then we will all be able to go home for good.
“He’s been a wonderful Christmas present.”
Little Joel Lehman who was born to Laura Purvis, 22, and Peter Lehman, from Simonside, also let his mum enjoy her dinner at home before making his entrance at 9pm.
The 7lbs 8oz baby was five days early, but his mum didn’t mind. Miss Purvis, who has another son, Jaden, aged 20 months, said: “I had literally finished eating, stood up at the table and my waters broke.
“I arrived at hospital at about 5pm, then Joel came along at 9pm, so it didn’t take too long.
“He wasn’t due for another five days, but I think it’s lovely he came on Christmas Day – it makes it extra special.”
Two other mums wanted no publicity about their new arrivals.
Midwife Mandy Jackson said: “It was very busy on Christmas Eve.
“I think the mums were all in a hurry for their babies to get here before Santa, but then we had four on Christmas Day.
“Most mums want to get back to their families, but it’s always just that little bit extra special when a baby arrives on Christmas Day.”