WHEN Nikki McDonald fell pregnant, she didn’t expect to find herself in hospital giving birth to her baby girl on Christmas Day.
But Amelia Jessica McDonald’s festive arrival was the best present Nikki and husband Curt McDonald could have asked for.
Amelia was born in the early hours of Christmas Day at 5.27am at Queen Alexandra (QA) Hospital in Cosham, Portsmouth.
The tot weighed in at 7lbs 8 oz.
Mrs McDonald, 28, from Cosham, also works as a staff nurse at the hospital in the A&E department.
She said: ‘Everyone said she will be a Christmas baby but I said she wouldn’t.
‘It didn’t really feel like Christmas.
‘It was special having her there really.
‘We will celebrate Christmas once we are all home. Everyone at the hospital has been amazing.
‘The midwives and support workers have been so helpful.
‘I couldn’t have done it without them. They have been so brilliant helping with everything.’
And Mrs McDonald said Amelia will probably celebrate her birthday later, to break it up from the Christmas celebrations.
‘I feel sorry for her because she’s got to share her birthday with Christmas but it’s really special,’ she added.
‘We will probably have a special birthday for her in the summer.’
Meanwhile, Reeve Gillespie, pictured right, was the first baby born on Christmas Day at QA hospital at 12.25am, weighing 7lbs 12oz, to mum Lucy Peacock, 29, and dad Michael Gillespie, 28.
Lucy went into labour on Tuesday evening, two weeks before the baby was due.
Michael, from Paulsgrove Road in North End, said: ‘It was very surreal. It didn’t feel like Christmas at all.
‘It was very strange. I haven’t had Christmas dinner. I haven’t opened any presents. It’s a good story to tell him when he’s older.
‘A lot of people have said we should have a birthday halfway through the year but it’s not the same.
‘It probably won’t sink in until next Christmas.’