New Year’s Day babies first foot in Sunderland

The first baby born in Sunderland in 2012. Ellie -  Jane Marr, 7lb 2.5 ozs in Sunderland Royal Hospital with mum Kim Parkin and Dad Carl Marr.

The first baby born in Sunderland in 2012. Ellie - Jane Marr, 7lb 2.5 ozs in Sunderland Royal Hospital with mum Kim Parkin and Dad Carl Marr.

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BEAUTIFUL Ellie-Jane Marr couldn’t wait to join the party when she became the first foot at Sunderland Royal Hospital’s maternity unit.

The bundle of joy made her appearance at 1.59am on New Year’s Day, weighing in at 7lb 2½oz to proud Washington parents Kim Parker and Carl Marr.

Ellie-Jane’s early arrival, six days before her due date, scuppered family plans for New Year’s Eve, but from now on they will have a double reason to celebrate each year.

Kim, 25, who is also mum to Reece, nine, Kacie-Leigh, six, and 23-month-old Harvey, said she was planning to get ready for a friend’s anniversary party when she started to get a few contractions at teatime.

The Barmston mum, said: “By about 9.30pm I was in a lot of pain and we came into the hospital at about 10. It was a short labour really, but very painful.

“I didn’t think about her being a New Year’s Day baby at the time, but it is really special for her. I don’t think she wanted to wait and miss out on the fun.

“We knew beforehand we were having a girl and I already had her name picked out even before then.”

Carl, 23, a warehouse worker, said he was happy to miss out on New Year’s Eve celebrations for the arrival of his daughter.

Meanwhile, Joe Allan Mollett, decided to keep his parents, Eleanor Crate and Barry Mollett, waiting for two weeks so he could become a New Year’s Day baby at 2.45am.

He was due 14 days ago, but when he refused to make an appearance, first-time mum Eleanor, who lives in Seaham, had to be induced at 9am on New Year’s Eve.

After a long labour staff had to perform an emergency Cesarean section to deliver 9lb 13oz Joe.

Eleanor, 36, said: “No one knew he would be so big, but he is gorgeous.”

Staff at the hospital’s maternity unit said a set of twins were also expected to arrive on New Year’s Day.

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