The gift of Christmas Bairns

Baby Issa from Head of Muir was the first Falkirk baby to arrive at Forth Valley Royal Hospital on Christmas Day 2014
Baby Issa from Head of Muir was the first Falkirk baby to arrive at Forth Valley Royal Hospital on Christmas Day 2014

Four Falkirk babies were extra special gifts for their parents when they came into the world on Christmas Day.

The tots were among six new arrivals born on December 25 at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert this year.

First to arrive was a baby boy for Nida and Nazim Issa from Head of Muir, Denny.

The baby – as yet unnamed – was two weeks early when he was born at 5.49 a.m. weighing 7lb 5oz.

He’s a little brother for Zakir (2) and one-year-old Faria.

But he’s also a 12th grandchild for Sapia Issa (57) who also has an 11-year-old grandson with a December 25 birthday.

Sapia said: “We’re all very excited.”

Next to give his parents an unforgettable Christmas was Bradley James Forsyth.

He arrived at 6.54 a.m. weighing 8lb 12.5oz and is a first child together for Denise (36) and James (31) Forsyth of Bainsford.

He’s also a special Christmas present for big sister Stella (6).

Denise said: “He was due on December 12, so I was induced on Christmas Eve and had him on Christmas Day.

“It wasn’t the plan to have the baby then – or for him to be so big.

“He loves his food and is settling in really well.”

Gillian Williamson and Jon Robertson from Redding were expecting to be spending the holiday in hospital as their first baby was due on Christmas Day.

Their daughter – Emmy Norah Robertson – arrived that very day at 8.30 a.m. weighing 7lb 5.5 oz.

Gillian said: “I thought she was going to be late and have red hair like her dad, but she was right on time and is dark blonde.”

Despite the imminent arrival of her third child, Grangemouth mum Laura Barr didn’t miss watching her two older children open their presents on Christmas morning.

The 26-year-old watched Katie (4) and Jack (6) Nimmo get their treats from Santa, before setting off for the hospital at 8 a.m.

The baby, a son for Laura and dad Ryan McIsaac, 
arrived at 1.50 p.m. weigh-
ing 7lb 1oz and named 
James.

Laura said: “He was due on December 23, but I just knew he was going to be a Christmas baby.”