PROUD parents got the new year off to the best possible start after they welcomed their daughter Freya into the world.
Just 16 minutes into 2012 Julie Lonsdale gave birth to her and husband Peter’s first child Freya who weighed in at a healthy 7lb 12oz.
It is even thought Freya may have been the first child born in 2012 nationally after calls were quickly made to other hospitals to check.
Baby Freya was expected on December 30 after Julie went into labour at 7pm.
Julie said: “It started out as backache on that night and I thought nothing of it.
“Then by 3am on New Year’s Eve the pain was much worse. We thought after that she would be here much sooner and in the day we were shown a special cake that had been made to be given to the parents of the first baby. I think she hung on for that.”
Julie held special praise for the midwives on the night and said she and her husband, and of course baby Freya, received amazing treatment.
Just a week before on Christmas Day Katrina and Andrew Hogan welcomed their own special Christmas present into the world when Willow Ivy Sabina Hogan was born weighing 7lb 6oz.
Proud mum, Katrina, said: “It was so unexpected for Willow to be born on Christmas Day because she was due eight days before. I went into labour at 3pm on Christmas Eve and I thought she would have arrived that night.
“We chose the name Willow originally for our first child 12 years ago as we didn’t know we were having a boy at the time. We liked the name so much that we stuck with it. Her middle names belong to both of our parents and the initials work out perfectly. She’s our own little wish come true.”