Per­fect presents for proud par­ents

Macclesfield Express - - BARLOW’S BRIEF - STU­ART GREER

FOUR sets of par­ents are look­ing at a par­tic­u­larly busy year after get­ting new ad­di­tions to their fam­i­lies.

A quar­tet of beau­ti­ful ba­bies turned out to be the per­fect presents after ar­riv­ing at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal on Christ­mas Day.

First to be born was Os­car Wood at 2.40am.

A week early, Os­car was a nice sur­prise for par­ents Heather and Paul of West­bury Drive, Mac­cles­field.

Heather said: “He is the per­fect Christ­mas present and we couldn’t be hap­pier.”

The next bun­dle of joy was Joshua Gillen, who ar­rived at 9.02am with so lit­tle fuss that par­ents Marie Ash­ton and Daniel Gillen, of Ken­dal Road, were able to en­joy Christ­mas din­ner.

Weigh­ing 8lb 8oz, Joshua is a wel­come lit­tle brother for his sis­ter Elissa Pat­ter­son, six.

He was also the per­fect ex­cuse for 26-year-old win­dow cleaner dad Daniel to paint Joshua’s room baby blue to match his team Manch­ester City’s colours.

Marie, 25, an as­sis­tant man­ager at a nurs­ery, said: “I was only in hos­pi­tal for 90 min­utes be­fore Joshua was born. He was no trou­ble.

“By 4pm I was able to get to my grand­par­ents for Christ­mas din­ner. It was lovely.

“Elissa loves hav­ing a lit­tle brother and is help­ing us a lot. Daniel is very hands-on and is loving ev­ery minute of be­ing a dad.”

A few hours later Susan Mor­ris and Paul Atkin’s sur­prise gift was lit­tle Livia.

The cou­ple of Park­brook Road, Mac­cles­field, wel­comed her to the world just be­fore 6pm.

HR of­fi­cer Susan, said: “I ac­tu­ally had a feel­ing she would come on Christ­mas Day.

“We’re just start­ing to get used to ev­ery­thing.

“We didn’t get lunch, though we did get to drop some presents off to fam­ily in the morn­ing, and she was worth it. She’s do­ing re­ally well.

“We were ac­tu­ally in Bux­ton when I went into labour so I am glad it hadn’t snowed.”

The fi­nal baby of Christ­mas Day was Dia Likhar who ar­rived at 11.15pm.

It is the first baby for mum Jy­oti, 32, and dad Nis­hant, 32, who live on Liv­ing­stone Close, near the hos­pi­tal.

Jy­oti, a project man­ager, said: “She is very cute. We call her our princess.

“We chose her name care­fully. Nis­hant is Hindi for dawn, Jy­oti means light and Dia means lamp. Dawn is not pos­si­ble with­out light and light needs a lamp to make dawns ex­ist for­ever.”

●● Marie Ash­ton and Daniel Gillen with baby Joshua and big sis­ter Elissa Pat­ter­son

●● Livia Holly Atkin was the per­fect gift for Susan Mor­ris and Paul Atkin

●● Dia Likhar ar­rived at 11.15pm for mum Jy­oti and dad Nis­hant

●● Os­car Wood was the first ar­rival, be­ing born at 2.40am

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