THE first arrivals of 2016 brought joy and happiness to families.
While many were raising a toast as the clock struck midnight, a number of mums were in labour in hospitals.
The first baby of the new year in the Portsmouth area was Alexandra Louise Yumang, who was born at 2.07am at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.
Proud parents Danielle and Mark Yumang were expecting her to arrive on Christmas Day, but had to wait another week for Alexandra to make her appearance.
She was a healthy 6lb 8oz.
‘She’s our first one,’ said Danielle, 27, from Gosport, who went into labour last Tuesday.
‘Christmas flew past and we have had a new year’s baby instead.
‘We were pleased.
‘We think it’s better than Christmas Day.’
Danielle said the midwives at Gosport were celebrating as it was the first time they have had the first baby of the new year – just ahead of another mum at Queen Alexandra Hospital who gave birth four minutes later.
Danielle added: ‘My husband is going back into the navy on Sunday so we were desperate for her to come before then, so it was a good result all round.’
At Queen Alexandra it was a busy night for the midwives.
Celebrating a new addition to their family were Samantha Chivers, 30, and her partner John Derry, 33.
Samantha gave birth to her third boy, Bailey Chivers, who weighed 5lb 13oz and was born at 7.27am.
The family came to the hospital at 11.15pm but we were sent back home.
By 4.30am they were making the trip back as Bailey was ready to pop out.
Samantha, of Birdlip Road, Paulsgrove, said: ‘He’s sleeping.
‘He’s been brilliant.
‘He hasn’t cried or anything.’
Proud grandmother Janice Chivers, from Copnor, said: ‘It’s a lovely way to start the year.
‘He’s a beauty!’
Amy Hicks, 26, and husband Matthew Hicks, 27, were joyous as they welcomed their second child into the world.
Joshua Michael Hicks was born at 12.35pm yesterday and weighed 8lb 7oz.
The couple said they did not bother with a new year party and went to bed as normal.
‘My waters broke at 6am and he was here by 12.30pm,’ said Amy, of Velder Avenue, Milton.
About having a new year baby, she laughed: ‘You are not going to forget his birthday, put it that way!’