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Bundles of Cumbrian joy on New Year's Day

There were fireworks in the Mercer household when mum-to-be Nicola went into labour watching New Year’s Eve celebrations.

But Nicola and her husband Mark, of Salterbeck, had to wait for 16-hours to meet their little bundle of joy who was the first of two babies to be born at Whitehaven’s West Cumberland Hospital on New Year’s Day.

After a lengthy labour, and a Caesarean section, baby Mercer was born just after 6.30pm. It took her parents a further 20 hours to name her, but after some deliberation they decided to call her Leonie – after the midwife who helped deliver her.

New mum Nicola, 24, said: “I went to bed and was watching the fireworks on television when my water’s broke, so we went to hospital.

“We had a list of 26 names for a girl, but we couldn’t decide and in the end we gave her a name that wasn’t even on the list.

“It was a shock to have a baby on New Year’s Day – she was due on January 6 but I did think that she would come early. I knew we were having a girl before we found out and went and bought a pink pram – it was a sixth sense.”

However, one thing that the couple did not predict was the weight of their little girl. After being told to expect a baby weighing more than 10lb, they were surprised when Leonie weighed in at just 6lb 13oz.

“I was told that she was going to be double figures, so we bought size nought to three-months-old clothes,” said Nicola. “We’ve had to buy smaller ones as they didn’t fit her. She is gorgeous.”

The second baby born on New Year’s Day was Ebanie Jane Potts, to Egremont couple Natasha Sherwen and fiance Andrew Potts.

Little Ebanie weighed 6lb 1oz at 10.13pm and is a sister to seven-year-old Marley.


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