Four girls and a boy - these adorable New Year's babies made their appearance this morning!

Baby Chloe Sophia Parkinson with her four-year-old sister Ava.
Baby Chloe Sophia Parkinson with her four-year-old sister Ava.
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These five precious bundles of joy have one thing in common - they all gave their mums and dads a New Year's Day to remember.

First to make an entrance into the world at Sunderland Royal Hospital's maternity unit on January 1, was little Ava Pollard.

Baby Ruby Gwyneth Frater with mum Kayleigh Whyte.

Baby Ruby Gwyneth Frater with mum Kayleigh Whyte.

Arriving at 2.39am, she is the first child of Hayley Taylor, 26, and her 22-year-old fiancée Daniel Pollard, from Fencehouses.

After a difficult labour, Hayley had a caesarian section, but thankfully all went well and Baby Ava was born a healthy 8lb 4.

"She was due on December 23, so ideally we would have had her the week before," support worker Hayley said. "Now she's here I feel great. I'm really, really happy. I'm just glad she's here."

Dad Daniel, a warehouse worker, said: "I'm over the moon, I couldn't stop crying this morning."

Baby Ava Pollard.

Baby Ava Pollard.

Second to make an appearance, at 3.21am, was 8lb 2 baby Ruby Gwyneth Frater who was born to first-time parents Kayleigh Whyte, 28, and 37-year-old George Frater, a mechanic.

Kayleigh, from Ryhope, who works as a nurse at Sunderland Royal, said: "I'm exhausted but happy."

Next in line, at 4.12am, was Chloe Sophia Parkinson, the second child of Louise Parkinson, 33, and 39-year-old husband Mark, from Easington Lane.

Chloe, who weighed in at 7lb 6, was the only of our New Year babies to be born on her actual due date.

Baby Oliver Sancto with mum Kay Robson and dad Paul Sancto.

Baby Oliver Sancto with mum Kay Robson and dad Paul Sancto.

Louise said: "We got here at 11.55pm last night. We got to the top of teh stairs and said 'Happy New Year' to each other. She was born a few hours later. It will be a New Year to remember."

Big sister Ava, four, said the sisters will be best friends like Elsa and Anna from Disney's Frozen.

The first boy of the year was little Oliver Sancto, born at 9.13am, to parents Kay Robson, 23, and 31-year-old Paul Sancto, who are both dog handlers.

Oliver, who weighed 7lb 13, was born in Sunderland because his parents had been spending Christmas with Kay's family in Seaham.

Lucy and Matthew Knott's yet-to-be-named baby girl.

Lucy and Matthew Knott's yet-to-be-named baby girl.

The couple had just returned from working in Germany and will be living in Leicester.

"It's brilliant now he's here. It felt like I was waiting forever, I just couldn't wait for him to get here. Everything went fine."

Dad Paul, who is originally from Liverpool, said: "I am amazed, besotted. It's been an incredible experience, I've never known anything like it."

And Lucy Knott, 29, and husband Matthew, 30, welcomed a 7lb 8 baby girl into the world at 10.30am.

The youngster, who did not yet have a name at the time of going to print will live in Barnes with her mum, who works in telecommunications and her dad, a dispenser.

Matthew said: "We came in at 10.10am and she came very quickly. It's been a fun morning. It's just amazing."