For first-time parents Victoria and Jason Holman, having their daughter on Christmas Day was the ‘perfect gift’.
The couple, from Havant, were expecting baby Isla on December 17 but had to wait another week before Victoria went into labour on Christmas Eve.
The pair did not know the baby’s gender and Victoria said finding out was a lovely surprise.
The 30-year-old said: ‘This was our first child and it was a big surprise finding out what we were having.
‘It was a lovely little Christmas surprise. Isla is the perfect Christmas present. She is so lovely.’
Dad Jason is currently working in Hong Kong so has had to see his newborn through videos, pictures and live video streams.
Isla is the perfect Christmas present. She is so lovelyVictoria Holman
Victoria added: ‘We will be moving to Hong Kong in January so Jason won’t see her until then.
‘But we have been Facetiming him a lot and he wants lots of pictures - we are speaking to him about 30 times a day.
‘He is so excited.’
Victoria had the support of her mum during labour which went smoothly. She did not need pain relief and admits the labour was okay and ‘not as painful as she expected.’
She even said Isla’s weight of 8lbs and 15oz was not a surprise.
‘I weighed 10lbs when I was born and my husband weighed 11lbs so we were expecting a big baby,’ she said.
The pair are now relaxing at home and Victoria’s family were excited to see Isla.
She added: ‘We had all the family round on Boxing Day as it’s my dad’s birthday. They were excited to see her and couldn’t wait for me to tell them if she was a boy or girl.’
There were five babies born at Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, on Christmas Day.
One of the first to be born was Noel to parents Beth Baker-Self and Gary Ramshead at 1.31am.
Beth, from Southsea, was induced on December 21 so it was a long wait for the pair who were celebrating the birth of their first child.
They also did not know the gender and for mum Beth, 37, it was exciting telling the family it was a boy.
She said: ‘It was wonderful waiting until I had given birth to know what the baby was. We didn’t mind what we were having.
‘Everyone had been waiting since Monday for me to have him and when I realised I was having a Christmas Day baby I was a little apprehensive but then I didn’t mind.
‘It is exciting although a little tiring at the same time.’
Beth said the staff at QA Hospital had made the experience even better.
‘It was a lovely experience but it was made even more pleasurable by the staff,’ she added.
‘The midwives were amazing and they looked after me really well.
‘The labour was manageable although long but I couldn’t thank they staff and midwives enough - they were fantastic.’
The family were allowed home on Boxing Day and Beth said dad Gary has been enjoying lots of cuddles with 8lbs 3oz Noel.