As most people were sitting down to enjoy dinner with loved ones on Christmas Day, an Allandale family was welcoming their newest arrival.
Little bundle of joy, Alfie Bell, was born at 3.43pm on Friday, December 25 at Forth Valley Royal Hospital weighing 8lb 2oz, giving his new family the best festive present they could ask for.
Mum Lauren Gill (23) and dad Graeme Bell (30) already have a 19-month-old daughter, Jessica.
Alfie was due on December 28 but arrived a few days early, meaning he will now receive birthday and Christmas gifts on the same day.
Lauren said: “He’s settling in quite well and his big sister Jessica just keeps looking in at him lying in his Moses basket.
“It was a surprise to us all as we never thought he would come early.
“Everyone was really happy he was a Christmas baby because he’s the first in the whole family.”
Lauren and Alfie came home from hospital at midday on Sunday and so far he is adjusting well to life in his new surroundings.
The couple decided on the name Alfie after whittling down their shortlist of preferred choices. When they saw him on Christmas Day, they knew the name would be a good fit.
Lauren said: “We had a couple of names on the list but just decided he looked like an Alfie when we saw him!”
Parents and maternity staff at Forth Valley Royal Hospital celebrated the arrival of eight Christmas babies into the world on December 25 – three boys and five girls.
Lauren said the whole team at the Larbert hospital were “brilliant” and is grateful to them for all that they did during her and Alfie’s stay.
She said: “Every one of them was helpful. I just want to say thank you to all the midwives and doctors, they were all brilliant.”