Joy to the world as babes arrive

IN MANY cases, these mothers didn’t expect to be brandishing Christmas Day babies but they were all delighted after experiencing one of the most unforgettable Christmas Days of their lives.

In Limerick, Amanda Haynes gave birth to a baby boy at 12 minutes past midnight on Christmas Day. At the Coombe Women’s Hospital in Dublin, Sheeba John gave birth to baby Ryan Shariff at 12.49am. At the Rotunda in Dublin, Raneshdev and Kirtee Mundhill welcomed their son, Hrishant, into the world at 12.14am.

Geraldine Maher from Fermoy in Co Cork gave birth to her son Oisín Daly at Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH) at 6.22am on Christmas Day. Oisín, who weighed in at 5lbs 9oz, wasn’t due until the end of January.

“Clearly he was in a rush to get here. It all started on Christmas Eve and by the early hours of Christmas Day, I was adamant that it didn’t feel right and that we ought to get to the hospital as soon as possible,” Geraldine laughed.

“We just got here at 3am and Oisín was born a few hours later. It was a total shock when it was happening but now I feel that’s the way it was supposed to be. Thankfully, we were all ready for him and had everything in place”.

Oisín is Geraldine and partner, Patrick Daly’s first child. “It was some Christmas present and the best thing about it is that he’s thriving. We couldn’t ask for more.”

Aneta Maciejunas Ruksc’s son, Patrick was born at 0.44am on Christmas Day, making him the CUMH’s first Christmas baby. Patrick is also Aneta and Janusz Ruksc’s first son. Last night, Aneta, who is originally from Poland, said she was looking forward to celebrating Christmas Day when she got home to Douglas.

“I couldn’t really eat after the Caesarean section so it will be nice to eat Christmas dinner over the coming days. But, Patrick is good. He’s eating and sleeping and I walked for the first time today after the birth. I’m feeling much better.”

Unlike the Maher’s baby, Aneta’s son was six days overdue. “It was very exciting having our baby on Christmas Day. It was certainly a different Christmas Day but the staff have all been very nice to us here in the hospital”.

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