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Gloucestershire babies arrive in time for Christmas

By Michael_Yong  |  Posted: December 26, 2013

  • Ten-weeks old Braidy Duke dressed as Santa's helper

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It is the best Christmas present anyone can ask for.

Adele and Jon Westgate welcomed home the newest addition to their family, Christopher, who was the first baby born Christmas day in Gloucestershire.

The healthy 8lbs 15oz baby arrived at 1.20am at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, the third child for the Westgates.

He joined his older sister Laura, 13, and brother Blake, 8, at home for the festivities.

Mrs Westgate said: “I was expecting him to arrive on Christmas Eve, but he decided to wait a bit longer.

“It’s amazing to see him now, just in time for Christmas. We are all very excited to welcome him to the family and we can’t wait to go home for Christmas.

“I think everyone is more excited about the baby than about Christmas dinner, if I’m honest.

“It is very special to have a baby at Christmas, that’s for sure.”

Baby Christopher was shortly followed by Oliver Davis, born to first-time parents Gray and Emmi Davis.

The adorable family, who are good friends with the Westgates, said it was the best Christmas present they could have asked for.

Born at 1.54am, at 7lb9oz, both parents were understandably ecstatic.

Gray said: “I’m a big football fan, and I remember Reading beating Southampton a few years ago, and I was so happy.

“But it is nothing compared to this. Seeing Oliver is the best thing to have happened to me, and I can’t wait to go home.

“He’s adorable, and we are already looking forward to our time together.

“It didn’t sink in until around 5am this morning when I went home, and realised I’m a dad for the first time.

“I had a tear in my eye, it was emotional.”

Mum Emmi, who is a chef in Cheltenham and teaches dance in Tredworth said: “We were told he would be coming around December 14 or 15, so we really weren’t expecting Christmas day.

“But this is the best present ever. It doesn’t really feel like Christmas, just a little but surreal at the moment.

“All the staff here have really taken care of us.”

Janine Cooper, 25, from Tredworth, had a baby boy at 7.17pm on Christmas Day weighing 7lbs 5oz.

The mum of two said she and her partner are still looking for a name.

Janine, who works as a maternity cleric assistant at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, said: "He was due on December 27th but my first son was early so I wasn't that surprised. It was lovely to have him on Christmas Day."

Partner CJ Thomas, 25, was at home looking after Nyah, 21 months old.

Georgina and Russell Homer, from Stroud, welcomed daughter Florence Angela Frances Homer who was born at 8.14pm weighing 6lbs 12oz.

Georgina said: “She’s our first and was due on Christmas Eve. She’s the best Christmas present.”

James and Beth Boughton, from the Forest of Dean, had daughter Olivia Catherine Boughton at 8.54pm weighing 4lbs 4oz.

Dad James said: “She was five weeks early but she’s lovely.”

Santa was also at the wards to spread some Christmas cheer and to give out presents.

Braidy Duke, who is only 10 weeks old, from Matson, Gloucester, was dressed up as one of Father Christmas’s little helpers.

For George Pitcher, a visit from Father Christmas was a dream come true.

The 15-year-old from Cam, who has cerebal palsy, has been in hospital since December 9 with a chest infection, and a fractured femur.

His mum, Karen, said: “He has been treated here at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital since he was just six weeks old.

“If it was not for the staff here, we wouldn’t know what to do. We are very thankful.

“If he’s here, I’m here. It’s Christmas. The family will be coming along later to spend some time with George.”

Danniella Robinson, 13 months old, from Cheltenham was not going to let a chest infection dampen her Christmas spirit.

The cheery toddler was bouncing as Father Christmas gave her a present.

No babies were born at Stroud Maternity or Cheltenham General hospitals on Christmas Day.

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  • emseaell  |  December 26 2013, 7:57AM

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