Lacey Grace is Hartlepool’s first baby of 2014

Proud mum Kirsty with New Year baby Lacey Grace Dixon
Proud mum Kirsty with New Year baby Lacey Grace Dixon

A FAMILY in Hartlepool is delighted to start the new year by welcoming into the world precious Lacey Grace Dixon.

The extra special New Year’s Day baby made her appearance into 2014 at 7.30am weighing a healthy 7lb 3oz.

And her mum and dad, Kirsty Walker, 35, and John Dixon, 33, told the Mail they are both “delighted”.

Kirsty, also mum to Georgia Eve Shaw, aged 11, said: “It’s so special that she was born on New Year’s Day, we just can’t believe it.

“We’re over the moon, she’s a little beauty.”

She added: “My due date was January 2 and I never thought we’d be lucky enough to have her on New Year’s Day, but that’s the way it’s turned out and we couldn’t be more happy.”

Kirsty, who works as a domestic cleaner for a cleaning company, said she went to a small gathering at a friend’s house on New Year’s Eve with Georgia, while John, a wagon driver for town firm Niramax, went to see in the new year with his pals.

The group of girls were all talking about Kirsty’s impending birth when some of them started saying “imagine if your waters broke now”.

Kirsty, of Moffat Road, in the Owton Manor area of Hartlepool, said: “They were all talking and saying things like, ‘wouldn’t it be weird if your waters broke now and then they did break!’

“We all couldn’t believe it and I think they were all panicking for me, asking me if I was alright and everything.

“I spoke to a midwife and she said I was ok to drive myself home because I wasn’t in any pain.

“My dad came and took me to be checked at the hospital, but then I was sent home until the pains started.

“I went back to the hospital at 6am on New Year’s Day with my mam and sister and Lacey was born at 7.30am – it was very quick!”

She added: “John is absolutely over the moon with her, he won’t leave her alone.

“She looks like her dad so much, I haven’t had a look in.

“We’re all just so happy and it’s a lovely way to start the new year.”