A local couple have been given the best Christmas present of all - their very own bundle of joy. Jessica Hyde gave birth to her first-born, baby Finley, at just 10 seconds past 12 on Christmas Day morning at Solihull Hospital’s Netherbrook Birth Unit.
Not due until January 9, the little one arrived before the bells of St Alphege had even stopped tolling midnight on December 25, weighing in at a healthy seven pounds and eight ounces.
“It was quite a surprise,” proud dad Antony Orton. “We were told Finley was the first in the Midlands to be born on Christmas Day this year.
“I think Jess was quite pleased he came early in the end because he would have been an eight or nine pound baby. Both mum and baby are doing fine.
“It’s lovely he came on Christmas Day, I am a Roman Catholic and so Finley’s middle name is Joseph.”
Jessica, a 27-year-old nursery nurse went into labour on Christmas Eve. Antony, the licensee of family-run restaurant La CCa in Yardley, confessed to a few nerves.
“It was a bit daunting at first especially as it was her first,” said the 31-year-old. “But you just do what you have to do and everything was fine.”
l There were no new arrivals on Solihull Hospital’s maternity wards on New Year’s Day.