Forth Valley Royal Hospital had seven very special “first-footers” - the first New Year babies to be born since mother and baby services transferred in July.
Three of the new arrivals were in the Falkirk area, including Callum Douglas Miller, who timed his appearance perfectly to be born after Christmas Day and before big brother William’s eight birthday on January 4.
Callum had been due to arrive on December 23, and for mum Janet Tattersall (35) it was almost a case of history repeating itself as when her older son, William, was born she was in hospital on Christmas Day and was only allowed out to have her Christmas dinner.
She said: “This year, because of William, I was really worried the baby would arrive on Christmas Day.
“Then, if I’d had to be induced it should have been on William’s birthday, but they were very kind and said they would take me after 10 days.”
In the event, Callum chose to arrive on January 1 at 12.28 p.m., weighing a bouncing 9lb 4oz.
“We were planning to spend Hogmanay with my mum at my sister’s house, but that didn’t happen,” said Janet.
“At least William was able to go and be with them while we were at the hospital.”
She and proud dad John Miller, who live in Stenhousemuir, didn’t mind missing out on the Hogmanay celebrations.
“It was definitely worthwhile!” said Janet.
Another young couple who thought it was worthwhile missing out on any partying were Siobhan Haggarty (22) and Craig Callaghan (20), who were delighted when baby Riley was born at 3.10 p.m., weighing 9lb 9oz.
The Grangemouth couple had been told to expect the new arrival on December 31 and, sure enough, Siobhan went into labour that morning.
However, it was 28 hours before Riley finally appeared and despite the long labour everything was straightforward and mother and baby are now doing fine, according to dad Craig, who describes Riley’s timing as “brilliant!”