TINY Harry Skilton made his own little bit of history when he arrived in the world on Christmas Day.
The 7lbs 8ozs baby was the only child to be born at the birthing centre at the University Hospital of Hartlepool on December 25.
He arrived in the world at 8.21pm and made Christmas extra special for his family who weren’t expecting a Christmas Day baby at all.
That’s because Harry had been due to make his big arrival two days earlier.
But proud East Durham mum Stacey Skilton, 27, said: “He is perfect. It is his time to shine.”
Also there at the birth was delighted dad Duncan Skilton, 28, who said: “It all happened really quickly.”
Harry is a baby brother for the couple’s two-year-old daughter Felicity who was also born at the birthing centre.
Stacey, a substance misuse worker, formerly from Peterlee and now living in the Tees Valley, said of Harry’s arrival: “Everything went smoothly. There were no complications. I would recommend the birthing centre to any mum.”
The couple had enjoyed a normal December 25.
Duncan said: “We watched Felicity open her presents, and we had the normal Christmas dinner with everything.”
But Stacey went into labour and arrived at the hospital at 6.30pm. Harry was on his way and was delivered in the birthing pool.
Duncan, who works for lettings agency Bridgford Lettings, in Northallerton, said: “We wanted a second child so we are really happy.”
He admitted: “The one question is what we do about his birthdays. We have a contingency plan for him to celebrate his birthdays a week before Christmas.”
Midwife Caroline Wood said: “Every birth is lovely but it is special when it happens at Christmas. There is always a really good atmosphere.”
Over at the University Hospital of North Tees, there were seven deliveries to mums from areas including Middlesbrough and Stockton and one from Hartlepool who did not want any publicity.
Dennise Butcher, the specialist lead midwife at the University Hospital of North Tees delivery suite, said: “We were quite busy. Our first delivery was at 12.52am and we were kept going.”
She said it was “lovely” to welcome Christmas babies into the world and added: “We always enjoy seeing them.”