Little bundles of joy bring very happy new year for families
BETTER than a night on the tiles – that was the verdict of one proud new father who spent New Year's Eve watching his partner give birth to their first child.
Dan Mead, whose partner Amy Mann gave birth to baby Zakk, was among dozens of Bristol parents who celebrated the beginning of 2013 with new additions to their family.
Zakk was born at St Michael's Hospital at 6.48am yesterday weighing a healthy 8lb 3oz, some 13 days after the due date.
Of spending New Year's Eve with his partner in labour, security guard Mr Mead, 21, from Knowle, said: "We had all the midwives here and I said 'Happy New Year' to them at midnight. It's not how I normally spend New Year's Eve but it was better than going out and getting drunk.
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"We've now got a party to go to every New Year's Day."
Cinema assistant Ms Mann, 25, said: "Zakk's amazing. The gender was a surprise because we didn't know what we were having. We thought he was going to be a Christmas surprise."
The first baby to be born in Bristol in 2013 was Lacey Pratt, who made her entry into the world at 2.17am weighing 6lb 9oz.
Her parents Sophie Hunt, 20, from Clevedon, and Colin Pratt, 23, from Pill, had been expecting their little one to arrive on December 20.
Mr Pratt, who works for an engineering firm, said: "The midwife came in and said St Michael's had beaten Southmead by minutes in the contest to have the first baby of the year.
"Sophie had been in labour at midnight but hadn't realised. The baby had been back to back and she didn't feel proper contractions. I was speechless when she was born. She's beautiful and is everything we wanted."
Kazhim Wahab, 36, who works at St Michael's as a health service assistant, became a father for the second time when his son Abey was born at 10.15am weighing 7lb 1oz.
He and his wife Folake, from Knowle, chose the name because the Nigerian for New Year is 'Abi Odun'.
Mrs Wahab, 30, also mother to Miriam, two, said: "I'm so happy. Glory be to God."
Stacey Martin, 29, and Ben Perry, 34, who have three young sons, had their first daughter at 9.54am weighing 8lb 6oz.
Mr Perry, a tattoo artist from Redfield, said: "I was so relieved to have her. I'm over the moon."
Jodie and Andrew Bourne's son Elliot was among the first in the city to be born in 2013, arriving at 2.53am.
Mrs Bourne, 38, a graphic designer from Clifton Village, had a water birth. She said: "He was due on the 30th so he was a day and a few hours late – it was a lovely surprise. He's got a sister called Coco who is five and she is very excited – she couldn't wait to be a big sister.
"When we got to the hospital it was midnight and there were fireworks going off – it was very surreal."