The birth of Ella Joanne McNichol.
THE PARENTS: Mum Joanne (27) is a medical receptionist in Camelon, and dad Iain (28) is a construction manager. Ella is the couple’s first baby and the family live in Stenhousemuir.
THE PREGNANCY: Joanne had a wonderful pregnancy. She said that she had no problems at all and that she loved being pregnant.
THE BIRTH: Baby McNicol arrived a week early. Joanne had been visiting family in Dundee for the day when she went into labour. She arrived at the hospital at 8 p.m. and baby was born a few hours later. Iain had been working in Ireland, but managed to get a late flight to be there in time.
THE BABY: Ella is doing really well. She is getting into a better sleep pattern now, and enjoys it when people talk to her.
THE NAME: Both Joanne and Iain liked ‘Ella’. They struggled with picking a name and only had a few in mind, But when they saw their baby, ‘Ella’ was the winning name. ‘Joanne’ is after mum and Joanne’s gran, Joan.
THE GRANDPARENTS: Ella is a third grandchild for Christine and Alistair Morrison from Larbert, and a first for Hugh and Marian McNicol of Stenhousemuir.
THANKS: Special thanks go to family and friends for all their help and support throughout the pregnancy and in the weeks following Ella’s birth.