THESE proud parents have every reason to celebrate 2013 – welcoming babies into the world on New Year’s Day.
Chloe May Rogers, aged 18, and James Smallwood, 28, from Parson Cross, were first to meet their baby, Bobby, at 1.27am. He weighed 7lb 8oz.
James said: “I’m very proud – Bobby having such a special birthday just adds to it.”
Three minutes later Eduard Gajdos came along – fourth child for Maria Horvathora, 27, and dad Eduard Gajdos, 26, from Page Hall.
The next delivery at the Jessop hospital was Hannah Peck at 1.46am, weighing 7lb 16oz – a first child for Adrienne and Alastair Peck, 33 and 34, from High Green. Adrienne said: “I’d thought she may be born at Christmas. I never thought about New Year’s Day!”
Jennifer Cartmell, 23, of Deepcar, was following family tradition when she gave birth to son Charlie on her sister Jane Barnett’s birthday.
“My brother was born on New Year’s Eve!” she added. “So it’s special Charlie shares his birthday with them.”
Jane Goddard, 38, from High Green, was watching New Year’s Eve fireworks when she went into labour.
Jane, who gave birth to Riley Jake at 4.17am, said: “It was practically the stroke of midnight when I felt my contractions kick in!”
Liz Beyer, 36, from Walkley, gave birth to a 7lb 4oz girl at 4.34am. The first-time mum said: “I think it will sink in I’ve had a New Year’s Day baby once it sinks in I’ve had a baby!”
Other New Year’s Day babies included 6lb 15oz Jake – born to Katie Sykes, 32, from Stannington at 5.52am – and Khan, born to mum Safrina, 27, and dad Ahtisham, staying with relatives in Firth Park.
Jodie Oldershaw, 21, of Parson Cross, gave birth to baby girl Casey at 8.23am after a night out celebrating New Year with partner Wayne Allen, 29. “I sat through the contractions until 2am!” said Jodie.
Melinkosi Mpofu was born at 9.48am, weighing 8lb 12oz – a second child for Vimbai Chikwavarara, 30, and Thandazani Mpofu, 37, from Norfolk Park.
And Hajra Bibi, 23, of Fir Vale, gave birth to her third child, a boy, at 10.17am.