AS DAWN broke on the first day of 2014, three sets of parents were celebrating the first new arrivals into Gloucester.
Some were late, others were early but there were three new babies, two boys and a girls born yesterday morning at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.
But all three were behind Blake Ball, who was born at Stroud Maternity Hospital at 12.53am to proud parents Georgina Hughes, 19, and Danny Ball, 21, from Dursley.
Next up was the son of Scott Maclean, 19, and Kayleigh Stroud, 19, from Kingsholm. As yet un-named, he weighed in at 8lbs 5oz and was born at 2.30am.
The daughter of Betty Smith was born at 5.49am, also at GRH. Betty and partner Paul from Bishops Cleeve in Cheltenham are excited about having a new year addition to the family and a little sister for Jayden, 5.
“She is a bit chunky at 8lbs 6oz but we are both so proud of her,” said Betty.
“She was five days overdue so we didn’t know if she was going to be a Christmas or New Year baby.
“It is a great way to start 2014 and i’m tired, but also very happy. We haven’t thought of a name yet, but she is absolutely beautiful.”
It wasn’t quite as straightforward for little Freddie Fowler who was born just over two months ahead of schedule.
He was due on March 2, but gave everyone a shock when he was born at 5.30am on New Year’s Day.
At just 4lbs and 8oz, he began life in the Special Care Baby Unit at GRH.
His mum, Shanice Kinch, 18, from Prestbury in Cheltenham, said: “I came in on Sunday and wasn’t expecting to give birth so it was a real surprise, but a very nice one. He is doing well.”
First time dad, Lewis Fowler, 21, said: “It is a very special way to start 2014 and we are both so proud.
"He has already come off the oxygen and he looks to be doing well so hopefully he will keep getting stronger.”