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Christmas joy came gift wrapped

PUBLISHED: 20:08 27 December 2001 | UPDATED: 15:22 03 March 2010

CRADLED in their mother's arms bundles of Christmas joy kept their eyes tightly closed to the world into which they had just been born.

While people all over the county were tucking into turkey and mince pies on Christmas Day five boys and one girl added their names to the list of festive deliveries at Ipswich Hospital.

CRADLED in their mother's arms bundles of Christmas joy kept their eyes tightly closed to the world into which they had just been born.

While people all over the county were tucking into turkey and mince pies on Christmas Day five boys and one girl added their names to the list of festive deliveries at Ipswich Hospital.

Reece Lawrence, weighing in at 7lb 1oz, arrived at 8.35pm to parents Sarah, 26, and Steven, 31, of Fuschia Lane, Ipswich.

Word spread around the hospital where both work as operating theatre practitioners and colleagues came to visit their first born.

Sarah's waters had broken at 3.30am but it was not until she had breakfast and unwrapped her Christmas presents that she realised her son was on his way.

When Kelly Bloomfield, 23, from Ipswich, realised she had gone into labour she did not tell anyone until two hours later.

She had been in labour for 12 hours previously before her son, Cameron, changed his mind about coming.

It was not until 9.10pm that Kelly and her partner, Patrick Gallogley, 29, said hello to their son for the first time. He weighed 6lb 11oz.

Cameron's sister Talia, three, was eager to see her brother.

Connor Fowler got a Christmas hug from his elder brother Kieran, four, after he was born at 7.14am weighing 6lb 3oz.

He arrived more than three weeks early but a friend of his mother, Wendy, 32, of Felixstowe Road, Martlesham, looked after Kieran for the day.

Wendy said: "It was a bit frightening having Connor because he was early. I thought I was going to lose him."

The first baby for Amanda and Steve Bloomfield, of Nayland Road, Felixstowe, was born by emergency Caesarean section at 8.12am.

Joshua had not been due until early January but was due to be induced yesterday. However, he turned up on Christmas Day weighing 7lb 11oz.

His dad had been due to be cooking Christmas dinners at the Marlborough Hotel in Felixstowe, where he works as a chef, but he said: "This was better than working."

Ipswich couple Amanda and Darren Bird had been enjoying a normal family Christmas at their Britannia Road home when their second daughter, Lily, decided to put in an appearance.

Amanda said: "We had a normal Christmas Day with the grandparents round. We'd cooked dinner, opened presents and everything.

"At about 8.30pm I started to get niggly pains and that's when it all kicked in."

Lily was born weighing 8lb 1oz at 10pm. She has a brother Dane, three, and a sister, Karla, two.

Mike, 38, and Juliette Finch, 36, from Ipswich, were taking their time to name their son who was born weighing 9lb 5oz after a 12 hour labour at 5.12pm.

His mother had already been into hospital at midnight but had gone back home as he had seemed to change his mind. However, at 5am the labour pains started again.

Juliette said: "It doesn't seem like Christmas. It seems really strange.

"This is definitely the best present though."

She and Mike already have a daughter, Gemma, two, who took 13 hours to arrive.

Twins Thomas and Harry were also born at Ipswich Hospital on Christmas Day to parents Jackie Parker and Barry Coleman, from Harleston, near Diss, and Jason and Cheryl Lorenz, from Nacton, welcomed their fourth child, Courtney.


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