Fam­i­lies cel­e­brate ar­rival of spe­cial Christ­mas gift

Stockport Express - - News -

TWO fam­i­lies were cel­e­brat­ing af­ter wel­com­ing ba­bies to the world on Christ­mas Day.

Both Erica Rae Frances Cox and Ethan O’Con­nor were born on Stock­port’s Step­ping Hill ma­ter­nity ward in the early hours of Christ­mas Day morn­ing.

Ethan, who weighed 8 pounds 3ozs, was the first to be wel­comed to the world af­ter be­ing born at 2.06am.

And just a few hours later lit­tle Erica was born at 6.52am weigh­ing eight pounds 1oz.

Ethan’s proud par­ents Kerry Statham and Ryan O’Con­nor said that they were de­lighted with their new ad­di­tion to the fam­ily.

And Erica’s par­ents Holly Farnsworth and Gareth Cox, from Heald Green, said they couldn’t be­lieve it when Holly went into labour on Christ­mas Eve as Erica was due on De­cem­ber 12.

Heat­ing en­gi­neer Gareth, 27, said: “It was quite a shock when Erica de­cided to join us on Christ­mas Day.

“She was born just com­ing up to 7am in the morn­ing and Holly went into labour at 2am on Christ­mas Eve so it was quite a long labour.

“But both Holly and Erica are do­ing really well.

“Erica has an older step­sis­ter Lily, seven, so the whole fam­ily are very ex­cited about her ar­rival.

“We knew she was go­ing to be late but we as soon as Holly went into labour we thought we would have a Christ­mas Eve baby. But for her to have been born on Christ­mas Day is fan­tas­tic.

“Holly’s mum has been to visit and we are ex­pect­ing more fam­ily to come by to meet Erica – it’s cer­tainly go­ing to be a busier Christ­mas than we first thought we were go­ing to have.”

Ethan O’Con­nor with par­ents Kerry Statham and Ryan O’Con­nor

Holly Farnsworth and Gareth Cox with baby Erica Rae Frances Cox

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