THERE were smiles all round at the maternity ward at St Luke's Hospital on Saturday with the arrival of four New Year's Day babies.
The first baby in the southeast region was born 35 minutes after midnight at St Luke's General in Kilkenny to Josephine and David Sheehan from Knockananna. Patrick George Sheehan is baby brother to Cathal (7) and Jessica (3).
"We are over the moon. It was an unexpected surprise that he arrived so early. I was getting ready to go out on New Year's Eve when my waters broke and I was brought to St Luke's. We decided to name him after his two grandfathers, who are both called Patrick," Josie told the Kilkenny People.
The second baby to be born on New Year's Day was Scott Ryan who is the first Kilkenny New Year baby and was born at 5.54am on January 1. There was great cause for celebration for his parents Susan and Kenneth Ryan from Kilkenny city who celebrated their first wedding anniversary on January 1.
The third New Year's baby was born to Valti Rozendaal and Colum Lydon who live in Callan. Holly Amber Rozendaal-Lydon entered the world at 10.54am weighing 6.3 pounds. "We are so happy with her, it is hard to describe our joy. She came a month early and that was a big surprise. We are going home today (Wednesday) and everyone is very excited," said mother Valti. Holly Amber is sister to older brother Fionn who is very much looking forward to welcoming her home.
Katie Rafferty and Niall Mooney from Castlecomer were also delighted to welcome their new arrival Heidi, who was bron at 4.56pm and weighed seven and a half pounds. Heidi is a sister to three and a half year old Ava. Speaking to the Kilkenny People yesterday, proud mother, Katie said she was 'delighted to be going home'. "It is great to be bringing her home so soon. We can't wait," she said.
Meanwhile Ireland's smallest surviving premature baby, Sive McDonald who was born in St Luke's Hospital in June and weighed less than a pound is today thriving at home with her parents.