Ipswich/Bury St Edmunds: Christmas Day baby joy for thrilled parents

Mason with dad David Tarrant Mason with dad David Tarrant

Thursday, December 26, 2013
11:00 AM

Christmas Day will never be the same again for these lucky parents as they welcomed new arrivals to their families yesterday.

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Emma Middleditch and John Wray celebrate the birth of their baby on Christmas Day at Ipswich hospital.Emma Middleditch and John Wray celebrate the birth of their baby on Christmas Day at Ipswich hospital.

One little newborn couldn’t wait to become Ipswich Hospital’s first Christmas Day bundle of joy.

Little Baby Wray was born at 6.20am - weighing in at just four pounds and three ounces.

Parents Emma Middleditch and John Wray are yet to settle on a name for their little girl, who joins one-year-old big sister Amelia in the family this Christmas.

A day premature, she was quickly taken to the special care baby unit and kept in an incubator to warm up before her parents could take her home to Hollesley.

Mum, Emma, who was in labour for three-and-a-half hours, spent her Christmas morning feeding and “giving lots of cuddles”.

A little boy soon followed on the maternity ward at Ipswich Hospital yesterday morning. Emma Hardwick, head of midwifery and clinical services said more Christmas Day babies were due to arrive later yesterday.

Meanwhile, at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds, Jo-Gail Tarrant and her husband David Tarrant, who live near Newmarket, became first-time parents when Mason James Tarrant was born.

Mrs Tarrant, 34, gave birth normally to Mason, weighing 7Ib 15oz, at 2.48am at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds after contractions began about two days earlier.

She said: “It made my dreams come true. It was such a long labour, but I’m so happy.

“I couldn’t have asked for something more. And Christmas will never be the same again.”

She said her due date was Sunday “but he decided to come on Christmas Day”.

“I had hoped,” she added. “He’s a little miracle baby.”

Mr Tarrant, 35, who works as a headhunter in recruitment, said they managed to have a little Christmas party - with non-alcoholic drinks - on Christmas Eve with ward staff.

Staff even provided Mason with a festive Santa hat.

Mrs Tarrant, who works at Bedford Lodge Hotel in Newmarket, said: “They have been so, so nice here. They have gone the extra mile.”

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  • I'd like to wish all my readers a happy and peaceful Christmas, and a prosperous and healthy 2014. Except for the moderators, who can kiss my large hairy posterior.

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