FAMILIES received the best presents ever with their Christmas Day babies.
Deacon Kenneth Taylor Teasdale, who weighed 7lb 10oz, was one of the nine bouncing bundles of joy to be born at Sunderland Royal Hospital’s maternity ward on December 25.
He came as a surprise for mum and dad, Lindsay Atess, 24, and Christopher Teasdale, 26, of Southwick, who were not expecting their son for another fortnight.
Lindsay, also mum to Georgia, five, and Kaitlyn, two, said: “I thought I’d be all right on Christmas Day, but I started getting pains about 9am, so it meant the kids didn’t get to open their presents.
“It was a really long labour, about six hours, but he was worth it.
“We had our Christmas Day dinner and opened the presents on Boxing Day instead.”
Fellow proud parents Tiffany and Daniel Wright, of Front Street, Fence Houses, welcomed son Oliver Hubbard Wright at 2.30pm on Christmas Day.
He was joined on the ward by Joshua Hunter, who weighed in at 9lbs 6oz.
Mum Rachel Prince, 26, and dad Ross Hunter, 27, of South Hetton, said their new son had made Christmas extra special for them.
Rachel, a receptionist at Easington Community School, said: “He came as a shock because I was booked in for a C-section on Wednesday, but I ended up having him naturally, which I’m glad about.
“My waters broke about 9.30am, but the nurses said I could come home for my Christmas dinner and then come back in the afternoon.”
Rachel, also mum to Bradley, two, said: “Bradley didn’t know what had hit him when I went into labour but at least I got to see him open his presents.
“He’s really excited about meeting his little brother.”