Christmas Day babies add extra joy for Huntingdonshire families

Christmas Day Baby, Ivy Rhianne Terri Alleyne, born at 15.09 pm, weighing 8lb 7oz, with mum Samantha

Christmas Day Baby, Ivy Rhianne Terri Alleyne, born at 15.09 pm, weighing 8lb 7oz, with mum Samantha Alleyne, brother Nathan Alleyne, and dad Gavin Alleyne, from Alconbury, (NOT FOR WEB) - Credit: Archant

Nathaniel Ryoma Ramsay was an unexpected Christmas present for Eaton Ford couple David and Sumiko Ramsay after he was born 12 days early at 11.30am on Christmas Day.

Christmas Day Baby, Nathaniel Ryoma Ramsay, born at 11.03am, weighing 8lb 7oz, with mum Sumiko Ramsa

Christmas Day Baby, Nathaniel Ryoma Ramsay, born at 11.03am, weighing 8lb 7oz, with mum Sumiko Ramsay, dad David Ramsay, and sister Charlotte Ramsay, (5) from Eaton Ford. - Credit: Archant

The couple’s second child was due on January 5 but after a check-up on December 23, Sumiko was told she was in the early stages of labour. Sumiko’s contractions started at 4am on December 25 and she gave birth to Nathaniel, who weighed 8lb 7oz, six-and-a-half hours later.

David and Sumiko enjoyed a belated Christmas dinner later that evening and will spend the next few days with their new baby, five-year-old daughter Charlotte and family and friends.

“It was a bit unexpected,” said David, “but everything is fine and we are looking forward to a quiet new year with family and friends.”

Despite the arrival of baby Ivy, Samantha and Gavin Alleyne were still able to enjoy Christmas dinner with their family – albeit a little later than planned.


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The Alconbury couple had expected Ivy to arrive on December 21 and mum Samantha, 31, was convinced when she woke up early on Christmas Day that her discomfort was nothing out of the ordinary.

Later that morning, however, the pain hadn’t subsided and Samantha realised that she was having contractions.

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With family due to arrive and preparations for Christmas dinner well under way, the show had to go on and husband Gavin, 28, made sure the cooking ran as smoothly as possible, popping in to check on Samantha between jobs and keeping son Nathan, 2, entertain.

Samantha said: “Things moved very quickly from there, grandparents and the rest of the family arrived at about 11am and I got into the birthing pool at about 11.30am.”

Weighing 8lb 7oz, Ivy arrived shortly after 3pm. After being checked over by midwives, Samantha and baby were able to sit down for Christmas dinner with her family.

She said: “Dinner went ahead as planned, but it later than we planned it. Gavin was very calm throughout the whole thing, the midwives were very impressed with him.”

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