Proud parents in Sheffield and Doncaster were given an extra special reason to celebrate the arrival of 2015 as they welcomed their babies into the world on New Year’s Day.
Catherine Bywaters, aged 37, and her husband Mike, 36, from Ridgeway, North Derbyshire, were the first to meet their bundle of joy, Aoife Lily, at 1.21am.
Big sister Saoirse Rose, aged two, arrived on the ward at Sheffield’s Jessop Wing maternity hospital at 10am to give the newest member of the family lots of hugs and kisses.
Mike said: “Saoirse kept asking when baby Aoife was going to arrive, she was very excited.
“Aoife was due on December 29, so we knew there was a chance we could be bringing in the New Year in hospital.
“She’s kept us on our toes – the bag has been packed for two weeks, I did panic a bit when the snow came, but everything has worked out well.”
The couple said more family members are eager to meet Aoife, including Catherine’s parents, who will be travelling from Ireland to Sheffield in the next week to meet their latest grandchild.
Catherine said: “This is certainly a very special New Year, not one we will forget.”
The next baby to arrive at the hospital belonged to first-time parents Francesca Smith, aged 19, and 20-year-old Josh Bennett, of Manor, Sheffield.
Son Oscar was born six days early, at 5.28am, weighing 5lb 11oz .
Josh said: “It came as quite a surprise. We didn’t really expect to be spending New Year’s Eve in hospital, but it’s a great start to 2015.”
There were more new arrival celebrations at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.
Excited mum Sandra Jasinska, aged 26, was the first to give birth on the maternity ward on New Year’s Day, with son Alec entering the world 12 days’ late at 1.54am, weighing 8lb 8oz.
Sandra, from Upton, said her partner Sean McArthur, aged 26, would soon be bringing his daughter Ellie-May, aged 7, to meet her step-brother.
Sandra said: “She is so excited to meet him and to have a little brother. I’m relieved he’s arrived.”
Elsewhere on the ward, 30-year-old Tracy Buckle, gave birth to her fourth child Robyn, at 5.30am, with proud husband Neville by her side.
Eager to meet her sisters Crystal, aged four, and three-year-old Sarah and brother, Jacob Pow, aged eight, Robyn arrived almost two weeks early.
Tracy, from Belle Vue, Doncaster, said: “She’s going to have lots of company growing up with her bother and sisters.”