Oh baby! What a great way to see in New Year

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A Calder­cruix mum has told how Hog­manay fire­works were still ex­plod­ing when she re­alised she was about to give birth to her sec­ond child.

Cather­ine Robert­son, 27, and her fi­ancée Jamie wel­comed daugh­ter Ari­anna into the world just af­ter 1.30am on New Year’s Day.

That was only an hour af­ter the pair ar­rived at Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal Wishaw af­ter a quick­fire dash from their Holy­town home.

It had been a quiet night in for Cather­ine and Jamie, with both of them in bed be­fore the Bells an­tic­i­pat­ing the ar­rival of their new­born the fol­low­ing day.

But shortly af­ter the clock struck mid­night, Cather­ine wasn’t phon­ing rel­a­tives to wish them a happy new year – in­stead she was phon­ing mid­wives to let them know about her dra­matic sit­u­a­tion.

The de­lighted mum said: “I had an idea I would go into labour on New Year’s Day; I just didn’t ex­pect it to hap­pen so quickly. Ev­ery­thing started hap­pen­ing at about 11.20pm and I phoned Wishaw at 12.02am. I thought my wa­ters had bro­ken at home, which is why I called the hos­pi­tal.

“But I was only bleed­ing be­cause of how close Ari­anna was to be­ing born; my wa­ters didn’t break un­til I was in the de­liv­ery room.

“When I men­tioned on the phone there was bleed­ing, they told me to get to the hos­pi­tal as soon as pos­si­ble.

“I was men­tally pre­pared be­cause it was my sec­ond time giv­ing birth and the mid­wives were ex­cel­lent. They were shocked to see how far along I was when we ar­rived at hos­pi­tal though.

“My labour with my first daugh­ter, Jes­sica, was 36 hours, so I wanted to make this one as short as pos­si­ble.

“Ari­anna has been born healthy and we man­aged to get home at 10am the same day.

“We’re de­lighted that ev­ery­thing ran smoothly and Jamie and I still man­aged to find the time to say happy new year to each other.”

Ari­anna was the fourth baby to be born at Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal Wishaw on Jan­uary 1.

The cou­ple’s other daugh­ter, Jes­sica, two, is de­lighted to have her new sis­ter home and well.

Cather­ine ex­plained: “When Jamie picked up Jes­sica on New Year’s morn­ing she knew ex­actly where she was go­ing.

“She’s been baby-sis­ter daft for so long and came in with a wee gift for Ari­anna.

“She was be­ing wo­ken up by fire­works when I was go­ing into labour and I was pray­ing for that not to hap­pen at the same time!

“But she is on such a high to


New ar­rival Cather­ine and Jamie with baby Ari­anna and her big sis­ter Jes­sica, two

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