Parents got the best present ever when their little ones made their entry into the world on Christmas Day.
There were nine babies, five girls and four boys, born at Sunderland Royal Hospital’s maternity unit on the big day.
Among them was Avery Rey Smare, who was born at 7.56 last night, weighing a healthy 7lb 7.5oz.
It was the perfect gift for first-time mum Rachael Hayes, 40, from Silksworth.
“She was due on December 29, so it was a nice present to have, it makes her birthday extra special,” she said.
Dad Anthony Smare, 35, said he can’t wait for Avery to meet his other two children, Yasmin, 13, and Reyes, nine.
“It was a bit surreal her being born on Christmas day,” he said. “Her brother and sister are so excited to meet her. We missed our Christmas dinner, but our families bought us turkey sandwiches in.”
Arriving into the world at 10.08am weighing a healthy 8lb 2oz, was Ella Grace Ogden.
She’s back at home in Shotton Colliery settling into her new life with mum Alexandra Evans, 24 and dad Tony Ogden, 25.
Proud dad Tony, a logistics coordinator, said: “She was due on the 21st so we didn’t think she’d be a Christmas Day baby, but it’s made it special. And she’s just perfect.”
Just moments earlier, at 10.05am, Finley Weston made an appearance, weighing 6lbs 7.5ozs.
Mum Danielle Richardson, 28, from Silksworth, who works as an administrator, went into labour on Christmas Eve.
Dad Marc Weston, 28, from Farringdon, a lance corporal in the Army, joked: “I’d been looking forward to my Christmas dinner all week, but I soon realised we wouldn’t be getting it this year.
“He was due to be born on New Year’s Eve, but he’s the best Christmas present we could have asked for, it was class meeting him for the first time. We’ll have to make sure we do something special for him so he gets a birthday and a Christmas every year.”
Little Lennon William Newby, three, from Thorney Close got the gift of a little sister this year when mum Nicole Wilson, 22, went into labour in the early hours of Christmas morning with Rosie May Newby.
But she was determined to watch him open his other presents with dad Andrew Newby, 23, a production worker, before she went into hospital.
“Rosie wasn’t due until January 4, but I went into labour about 4.30 on Christmas morning. I wanted to see Lennon open his presents before I went to hospital though,” she said. “She was born quite quickly actually as I gave birth at 9.14am. She weighed 6lbs 1oz. Lennon absolutely loves her, it was an amazing moment when they met, he’s so protective of her already.”
Julie Harris, delivery suite coordinator, said: “It’s an extra special shift working on the delivery suite at Christmas. The parents get a Christmas dinner with crackers, and the babies get a present provided by a charity called Little Bundles.
“They also provided the staff with a Christmas cake this year.”