These parents welcomed the New Year with a little bundle of joy.
The newborns could not wait to start celebrating 2014 as they arrived into the world yesterday.
At Hexham General Hospital’s maternity ward, Lesley Tanner became a mother-of-two at 1.57am on New Year’s Day as her second son was born weighing 7lbs 2ozs.
“He wasn’t due until the 4th and my first son came on the day so I thought this was going to be the same,” said Lesley, 31.
“It was a lovely start to the New Year though. I was just going to be sitting drinking tea otherwise,” added Lesley, who lives in Hexham, Northumberland.
Lesley, who has yet to name her son, added: “My first son Charlie, who’s three, was born in November and then there is Christmas and this one is New Year’s Day, it is going to be a busy time.”
At Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, Gemma Smith, of Prudhoe in Northumberland, gave birth to her third son Lynden at 2.44am yesterday.
“He was due on the 19th so he was a few days over, so it was a nice surprise for him to be a New Year baby but also a shock because I had an emergency C-section,” said the 34-year-old.
Gemma said she and partner Andrew Wake were delighted to welcome their third son to join his brothers Jensen and Deacon.
“We’re delighted he is here now, we have been waiting a while,” said Gemma, who added that the couple decided on Lynden’s name as soon as they knew they were having a boy at her 20-week scan.
“He has had his name since then,” she said.
Ami Begum and Shahan Miah are believed to be the parents of the first baby born in the North East this New Year. Their little girl, who does not have a first name yet, was born at 1.29am at the RVI.
She is the couple’s first child and weighed just 5lbs8ozs.
The family, from Fenham in Newcastle, were hoping she would be born on New Year’s Day instead of arriving before midnight on New Year’s Eve.
Father Shahan, 33, said: “She was due on the 14th of January but she came a little early.
“She could have been born on New Year’s Eve but we were rooting for New Year’s Day.
“All the family have come round to see her. She does not have a first name yet but her last name will be Shahan.
“It is a great way to start 2014 and she is the first grandchild in the family.
“Everyone is really excited and we can’t wait to get her home,” he added.
Also welcoming their first child into the world were Donna Tumilty and partner Darren Simpson, of Heaton in Newcastle.
Their little girl Jessica was born at 10.44am on New Year’s Day weighing 7lbs9ozs.
Donna, 26, said: “She was due on the 30th but she held off for two days for 2014.
“She also kept me in labour for 12 hours. I had to have an emergency C-section.
“She’s the first and it is a great way to start the New Year.”
Elsewhere in the region, there were two babies born before midday on New Year’s Day at Wansbeck Hospital and one new mother at Gateshead’s Queen Elizabeth hospital.
South Tyneside General Hospital had two New Year babies born before 9am and the University Hospital of North Durham welcomed two babies before 11am on New Year’s Day.
But there were no babies born on New Year’s Day at Alnwick (Hillcrest) maternity unit, Berwick maternity unit, and North Tyneside maternity unit.