MUM Emma Alexander was back home in time for her Christmas dinner with the family after giving birth to Preston’s first Christmas baby of 2014.
The 27-year-old mum of two from Lostock Hall had thought little Zachary Donovan Alexander would be arriving on December 21, but he had other ideas.
Dad Wesley Alexander, also 27, said the due date had been and gone when they realised their second son could arrive on the big day.
“Our first son came early so we thought we’d have the same with the second,” said Wesley.
“But Zacahary was four days late, he must have been hanging on to make an entrance.”
But when he did arrive, Zachary and his mum were in and out of the Royal Preston Hospital quicker than Father Christmas making his deliveries.
“Emma started having contractions about 5am on Christmas Day”, added Wesley.
“We woke our son, Spencer, up at 6am to open his presents and then we got to the hospital for 7am.”
Zachary arrived at 8.40am and by 12.30pm, the newest member of the family was at home.
“Emma’s uncle said it was just like shelling peas!” laughed Wesley.
“Now it’s just the usual chaos of building all of Spencer’s Christmas presents and getting used to having another baby in the house.”
Midwife Laura Hargreaves said: “We had five Christmas day babies in total and, depending on the circumstances, we try to get everyone home as quickly as possible, as long as every thing is ok.
“Even Father Christmas came to give out presents to the new mums and children who were visiting the ward.”
Also making a grand entrance on Christmas Day was little Logan Painter.
He was born at 1.27pm, weighing 6lb 6oz to mum, Anne-Marie Stockton and dad Aaron Painter.
Mason James Rodgers, of Chorley, was born at 9.31am, weighing 8lb15oz to mum, Kerrie Hughes and dad Wesley Rodgers.