THEY’RE the best present a parent could wish for – the babies who arrived on Christmas Day at the Jessop Wing in Sheffield.
First of the festive bundles of joy was 7lb 14oz Oliver Eric Pope.
Named after his 38-year-old dad Tim’s granddad, Eric, he entered the world at 1.58am.
Mum Lindsey Draper, 36, from Handsworth, said big brother Samuel, two, was delighted by his extra-special Christmas gift.
“He hasn’t met him yet but he knows he’s arrived,” she said. “The surgeon said he was his first baby of Christmas Day.”
Three-quarters of an hour later, the first Christmas boy was joined by the first Christmas girl – Eva Rose Senior, born at 2.47am, weighing 6lb 15oz.
Mum Katie Cooper, 23, and dad Ryan Senior, 21, of Wickersley, Rotherham, had a surprise when Eva – not due till Friday – started coming on Christmas Eve.
“We couldn’t ask for a better present,” said Katie, whose family owns sandwich shop Mr C’s in Attercliffe and sweet shop Candy Cave in Brinsworth.
Meanwhile teacher Lindsay Snow, 30, was having a home water-birth in Hangingwater – and at 4.59am delivered an 8lb baby boy.
Lindsay, who popped in to hospital afterwards with university lecturer partner Jurriaan Ton, 39, said: “He hasn’t got a name yet but he has got a lot of black hair, so for now we’re calling him Furby! Furbies are the top present this Christmas, and we got ours.”
Kathryn Allen, a teacher at Malin Bridge Primary, gave birth at 5.40am to a girl weighing 6lb 12oz – a baby sister for Lucia, two.
Kathryn, 31, who lives in Hillsborough with husband Jamie, 36, a steel fabricator, said: “She hasn’t got a name yet – it was all very quick! She wasn’t due until the 30th but she started coming at 4am and arrived at 5.40am!
“Lucia has been really excited about her little sister, and the children at school are looking forward to meeting her as well.”
And at 10.45am Serena Spencer, 19, gave birth to a little girl too – a baby sister for Morgan, two.
Serena, who lives in Parson Cross as does partner Darren Farr, 22, a carer, said: “We’ve not got a name yet. She was due on Boxing Day so it’s nice she came early for Christmas.”
* The first baby born in Sheffield on Christmas morning, to parents Sharn and Ben Rodney, was tiny Theo Rodney from Derby.
Theo, who arrived at 12.48am, was born early at just 24 weeks and a day, weighing 1lb 7oz. Sharn was transferred to the Jessop Wing after a week in hospital in Derby, and mum and baby are doing well.