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Ruari William McNeill
Ruari William McNeill
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The birth of Ruari William McNeill

The DETAILS: Ruari William McNeill was born on May 20 at 18.24, weighing 9lbs 1oz, in St John’s Hospital, Livingston.

THE PARENTS: Jenny Evans, 24, is an English teacher at Kirkcaldy High School. Scott McNeill, 28, is an off-shore operations technician. The family lives in Redding.

The Pregnancy: Jenny says the pregnancy was fine, with no problems apart from a painful kidney infection when she was 22 weeks pregnant.

THE BIRTH: Ruari was five days late and even once Jenny was in labour he took his time making an appearance. Jenny’s waters broke on the Thursday and he was eventually born by emergency section the following evening.

The Baby: “He’s absolutely brilliant!” says proud mum Jenny. “He loves bright colours and giggling and smiling – he’s full of nonsense!” Ruari has also slept through the night since seven weeks old - going down at 8 p.m. and waking at 8 a.m. “He has his dad’s laid-back nature,” says Jenny, “and my sleeping habits!”

THe NAME: Scott’s family is descended from the McNeills of Barra and the couple spotted the name on the family tree. The unusual, shorter spelling was the original McNeill spelling of the name, which they both liked.

THE GRANDPARENTS: Ruari is another grandchild for Myra and Alan McNeill and a first grandchild for Jan and Bill Evans. He is a first great-grandchild for Catherine and Ben Milne.

THANKS: The parents would like to thank Margaret-Anne at St John’s Hospital and both their families.