The arrival of a delayed delivery helped make New Year’s Day an extra special start to remember for one family.
Julie and Kevin Sharp, from South Shields, were told to expect their son around December 20, and were heading to South Tyneside District Hospital’s maternity unit on New Year’s Eve to be induced when Julie realised she was in labour.
After arriving at the ward at 9.30pm, their boy was delivered at 10.15am the next day.
Jude, who weighed 7lb 4oz, joins sister Siena, two-and-a-half.
Full-time mum Julie, 41, and Kevin, 44, a health and safety consultant, have sent their thanks to the maternity unit and delivery suite at the hospital.
Julie said: “We knew he would be a boy before he was born.
The midwives and consultants, everyone, did so well to help us.Julie Sharp
“It was good he was late, because it meant we could spend one last Christmas with Siena on her own, and she’s old enough to understand it all.
“Jude has been great. He’s slept from 2.30am until 9.30am today, but we know it’ll be a fluke.
“The midwives and consultants, everyone, did so well to help us.
“I had known something was happening from about lunchtime and we rang in the evening and I was sure I was in labour, and they said come in because you’re due to be induced.
“At 11.30pm, contractions started and then I went down to the delivery suite.”
Julie and Kevin were allowed to take their son home by 2.30pm.
“We had a lot of visitors on New Year’s Day, grandparents, aunts and uncles and friends are coming too,” added Julie.
Kevin said: “We’d really like to thank everybody at the hospital.”
Jude was the only baby to be born on the unit on New Year’s Day.