DELIGHTED parents Amber Tee and Jack Sackman know they will never forget newborn Lola’s birthday.
The pair were among seven beaming mums and dads cuddling their babies on New Year’s Day at the maternity ward at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.
After an 11-hour labour in a birthing pool, Amber finally gave birth to Lola, who weighed in at 5lb 12oz, at 4.26pm – 17 days ahead of schedule.
Hairdresser Amber, of Adsdean Close, in Leigh Park, Havant, said: ‘I’m very happy. We’re excited, it’s the best New Year’s present. It’s a bit of a shock.
‘I’d do pregnancy again – just not the labour. I’d cut that bit out.’
Jack, an electrician, joked: ‘It was all right – I’d do it all over again. It was just a lot of sitting around!
‘I’ll never forget the birthday – if I do I’m in double trouble.’
Amber’s mum Lisa, 48, was in the room for the birth and will be helping the pair look after Lola to start with.
Jack added: ‘I’m elated. I was a bit of an emotional wreck earlier.
‘I had to tell my mum on the phone, I couldn’t get a sentence out without crying – I think she understood me.’
The pair are looking forward to learning the ropes with Lola and Jack has promised he will get to grips with doing the nappy changing.
The first bundle of joy delivered on the ward was little Alex Falzon, born at 3.11am.
First-time mum Charlotte Matthews, of Denmead, Waterlooville, went through a six-hour labour before Alex, who weighed 7lb 4oz, was born.
The supermarket department manager said: ‘It’s nice – it’s a surprise.
‘I had a really good pregnancy. I worked all the way through it – I wasn’t ill or anything.’
Proud dad Chris, who works at Asda with Charlotte in Gosport, added: ‘It was a long night but she’s done well.
‘It’s a perfect day to have him on the start of the new year, the start of a new life. I won’t forget his birthday.’
Sister Melanie Say was in charge of the labour ward while Caroline Clark handled incoming calls to the ward.
Melanie said: ‘It’s an exciting day to have a baby. They’ll have great birthdays ever year.
‘At New Year’s Eve everyone will be going “happy birthday” instead of Happy New Year.’
OLIVER’S TOP NAME IN PORTSMOUTH
OLIVER and Amelia were the top baby’s names in Portsmouth last year, according to a study conducted by a parenting club.
Bounty Parenting Club studied 370,000 names given to babies last year across the UK.
Its study found that while Oliver was popular in Portsmouth, Jack was the top national boys name and Amelia top for the girls.
Joey was also saw a big rise in popularity, put down to TV’s Joey Essex.
Portsmouth top 10 boys’ names
Oliver, George, Oscar, Alfie, Harry, Charlie, Freddie, Archie, Tyler, Jack.
Portsmouth top 10 girls’ names
Amelia, Jessica, Olivia, Freya, Ava, Ruby, Phoebe, Evie, Poppy, Ivy.
National top 10 boys
Jack, Oliver, Harry, Charlie, Jacob, Alfie, Oscar, James, Thomas, Noah.
National top 10 girls
Amelia, Olivia, Emily, Ava, Poppy, Jessica, Isla, Sophie, Mia, Ruby.