There wasn’t long to wait for the first Christmas arrival this year.
At just seven minutes after midnight on December 25, Elliot Peter Bibby, made his arrival at the Royal Preston Hospital.
And following a bumper 21 babies on Christmas Eve there was no let up during the festivities as a further 10 babies were born throughout the day, the last born at 7.55pm.
Proud parents Margaret and Derick Bibby, welcomed first arrival Elliot just after midnight and he was shortly joined by Rebecca Moss and Paul Seed’s first baby, Jimmy, at 3.56am and Frances Gleeson and Jozef Szalski’s son at 4.36am.
Margaret, 32, from Leyland, said she and Derick, also 32, could not believe it when they were given December 25 as their first baby’s due date.
She said: “We just laughed at first.
“We’re both ex-military so we’ve always split Christmas between the two families. This year was the first one we were going to have for ourselves to do what we want then our plans changed a little.
“My waters broke 24 hours before I gave birth so he took a while to arrive but he arrive bang on his due date which is quite unusual.
“Derick said he found it really hard to see me in so much pain but Elliot’s here now and he’s fine and loving all the attention.”
Rebecca, 22, from Lostock Hall, said: “Jimmy was due on New Year’s Eve but he decided to arrive a week early.
“Even though we were in the hospital on Christmas Day it was really lovely because there were carol singers around and even Father Christmas came to hand out presents to all the children on the ward and the mums.
“All the girls on the ward were chatting away and normal visiting hours were lifted so family members could stay all day and have the Christmas dinner with us. It was pretty overwhelming.”
And Rebecca said her partner, Paul, 33, knew exactly what to do.
She said: “Paul was very supportive and he knew what he needed to do to keep everything under control. It was great to have him with me and the staff were just brilliant.”
Midwife Sandra Lord said: “It really was rather busy. We do try and get as many of the new mums and babies away as quickly as possible, as long as every thing is ok, so that they can enjoy the rest of the day. But the ladies who do have to stay with us don’t miss out on Christmas Dinner as we make sure they get one here.”