New Year’s Day brought an extra special delivery for Nicole Gemmell - a baby daughter and the fifth generation of women in her family.
Baby Kasie-Leigh Gemmell was the first baby born at Forth Valley Royal in 2015 and third baby to be born in Scotland, coming into the world at 2.22 a.m., weighing 6 lb 13 oz.
Proud mum Nicole (19) delivered her daughter by emergency Caesarean section at Forth Valley Royal Hospital but said she was too preoccupied with labour to notice Kasie-Leigh would be one of the first babies born in 2015.
Nicole, from Carron, was due on January 4. She said: “I had no idea we were even into the new year, I just kept asking the midwife for chicken curry for some reason.
“But once she arrived my mum asked if she was first to be born at the hospital - we had no idea she would be the third baby born in the whole of Scotland.”
Kasie-Leigh is extra special, as she is the fifth generation of females in the family.
She joins gran Vicky Penman (39), head cook at Carrondale nursing home from Falkirk, great-gran Ann Penman (59), a retired nursing assistant from Carron and great-great-gran Molly Cameron (82) a resident at Grahamston nursing home in Falkirk.
Ann said: “Having five generations of women in the family is very special and I’m so happy my mum has got to meet Kasie-Leigh.”
In total 10 babies were born at Forth Valley Royal Hospital on January 1.
Finn Alves arrived at 3.42 p.m. weighing 9lb 1/2 oz, a third child for Simon and Julie Alves from Bo’ness.
Simon is used to spending his Hogmanay waiting for babies to make an appearance, with all three children born in the first two weeks of January.
And with Finn, Simon (32) wasn’t going to waste any time in getting to hospital after he had to deliver Georgie, three on Sunday, at home, himself.
Simon said: “Once labour is established with Julie, it’s fast and we didn’t make it to the hospital with Georgie so this time I made sure we left soon as the contractions started, but even then we were only there three hours before he arrived.”
Proud sisters Georgie and Rebecca, five today, a pupil at St Mary’s Primary, dote on the new addition to the Alves family and are over the moon to have a new little brother.
Offshore worker Simon added: “None of the January babies have been intentional, but it’s certainly an expensive month for me.”