Gallery: New arrivals for the new year in Suffolk

Donna Martin gazes at newborn son Sebastian after giving birth on New Year's Day at Ipswich Hospital. Donna Martin gazes at newborn son Sebastian after giving birth on New Year's Day at Ipswich Hospital.

Thursday, January 2, 2014
10:00 AM

For some Suffolk families, 2014 has already proved to be unforgettable after the arrival of a new baby.

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At Ipswich Hospital doctors Rajesh Rajendran and Saranya Rajasekar were celebrating the birth of their first child, a 6lb 4oz girl who has not yet been given a name.

Dr Rajendran, who is a registrar at the hospital, was facing the excitement and nervousness of all new fathers: “We’ve been married for five years and now things are going to change,” he said with a broad smile.

His wife is also a doctor and is training to specialise in obstetrics – but is likely to have her hands full at home in Pearson Road, Ipswich, for the next few months, said Dr Rajendran.

Sebastian Martin weighed in at 7lb 5oz when he arrived during the early hours of New Year’s Day.

He is the third child for Donna and Sam Martin who live in east Ipswich.

“We already have a daughter, Isabelle, who is five and a son Harry who is three. Isabelle wanted a sister and Harry wanted a brother. Isabelle is already worried that her brothers will gang up on her!” said Donna.

For sheer size, Rachel Smith’s new daughter took some beating. Lexie weighed in at 10lb 4oz just after 2am yesterday morning.

Lexie is mum Rachel’s fifth child and dad Wayne Love was preparing to take them home to Wherstead Road in Ipswich.

Meanwhile staff at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds welcomed two New Year’s Day bundles of joy.

The first to arrive was a baby boy at around 9.50am weighing in at 8lb 13oz. His proud parents Sarah and Phil Daniels, both 33 and from Bury, were sure their first child would be a girl and hence they have yet to choose a name for their son.

Mr Daniels, who runs a jewellery wholesale business in London, said: “The baby was due on December 20 so he kept us twiddling our thumbs over Christmas waiting for him to arrive.

“Sarah had a very long labour which started at 5.30am on New Year’s Eve and culminated in a Caesarean section so she was completely exhausted – but he was well worth the wait.”

Lynsey Howard, 38, and her partner Lee Farthing, 32, from Stetchworth near Newmarket, were relieved at the safe arrival of young Archie Farthing who was born at 11.35am, two weeks earlier than expected.

Ms Howard has suffered from gestation diabetes throughout her pregnancy so doctors thought it wise to induce Archie, who arrived weighing a healthy 7lb 10oz.

She said: “I have three other children and it is 12 years since I had the last one so it was quite a shock when I found out I was pregnant again. I had my other three children here at West Suffolk so I was determined to have Archie here too – the staff have been brilliant.”

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