The birth of Lucas John Ballantyne
the parents: Mum Wendy is 30 and a customer services adviser based in Stirling, and dad John is 32 and a welder. Lucas is the couple’s first baby and the family live in Carron.
the pregnancy: The pregnancy was absolutely fine although Wendy suffered sickness throughout.
the birth: Little Lucas was ten days early, but arrived safe and well. Wendy suffered no complications and got through the whole thing on two paracetamols. Dad John was also present at the birth.
THE BABY: Lucas is smiling and rolling on to his side, and likes watching football with his dad.
the name: Baby Ballantyne was nameless for a few days as the couple tried to pick a name from the four boys’ names they had chosen. They finally settled on the favourite, ‘Lucas’. ‘John’ is after Lucas’s dad and his grandpa.
THE GRANDPARENTS: Lucas is a grandson for Isobel and Alan Harley of Bainsford, and for Margaret and the late John Ballantyne of Sten housemuir. He is also a great grand child for Wendy’s gran, Jean Kus of Falkirk.
thanks: Thanks go to all family and friends, and to the hospital staff.