Christmas Day joy for proud new parents

CHRISTMAS Day brought an extra special gift for three Huntingdonshire mums when they gave birth to their own bundles of joy.

Tina Messmer, 23, of Malthouse Lane, Ramsey, gave birth to baby boy Coin at 4.15am on Christmas Day at Hinchingbrooke Hospital’s maternity ward. He was 8 lbs and 8 ounces.

The American national who is married to US naval husband Justin was 13 days overdue and had to be induced.

She was in hospital for two days, but labour only lasted 15 minutes.

The couple, both Terry Pratchett fans, named their son after a character in his Saucery book.

“It is a really nice Christmas present,” said Mrs Messmer.

Michal Garanic was born weighing just 4 lbs and 4 ounces at 9.15pm the same day to Slovak national parents Zdenka and Stefan Garanic.

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Mum Zdenka, 20, of Eric Road, St Ives, was in labour for just 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Fortunately the family’s festive celebrations were not too disrupted as the Slovakian tradition is to open presents and have Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve.

Mrs Garanic said: “In the morning, I thought he might come so our older son, Samuel, went to a friend. The midwife came in the morning and she thought he would be born the same day or maybe the next morning. We went to hospital at 8pm and by 9.15pm he was born.”

St Neots mum Sarah Jane Ball also managed not to miss out on her Christmas dinner.

The 21-year-old gave birth to son Christmas James Lunt at 7.02am and was discharged by midday. It meant she could enjoy an extra-special festive celebration with partner Wayne Lant, 19.

Christopher, who was born 8 lbs and 15 ounces, was expected yesterday.

Sarah Jane, who lives in Bedford Street, said: “It started at 1am on Christmas Eve, I started getting pains. They were not that bad, but as the day got on, they got worse and I went to hospital at 3.30am. He was born at 7.02am and I was out by lunchtime.”

In total six children were born at the hospital on Christmas Day to five mums.