New brother in time for Christmas

AS Jack Edwards mum watched him unwrapped piles of shiny gifts under his Christmas tree, nothing prepared the little boy for the extra special present he was to receive later that day.

AS Jack Edwards mum watched him unwrapped piles of shiny gifts under his Christmas tree, nothing prepared the little boy for the extra special present he was to receive later that day.

Since then the four-year-old hasn't stopped showing his nursery school friends the pictures of Santa Claus' exciting offering.

His surprise came in the form of new baby brother Daniel, who was born on Christmas Day at the James Paget University in Gorleston.

And not unlike a tale from a festive film, mum Gillian and dad Kevin were back home in time to introduce the two boys and read Jack a bedtime story.


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Daniel was originally due on January 2, but couldn't wait to make his entrance into the world, born in what some may say a record - one hour 33 minutes, weighing 6lb 10oz.

Gillian said: 'Jack was born six weeks early so I wasn't sure at all what time this baby would come.

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'We kept joking that he would come on Christmas Day, but by Christmas Eve I had resigned myself that it wasn't going to happen. We got everything ready and cooked all the meat ready and went to bed.'

But at midnight Gillian woke up knowing something wasn't quite right.

'My waters had started to break and so we went up to the James Paget. We were home by 2.30am, but we went back again about 9am in the morning and by 11am I was in established labour.

'From that moment he was born in one hour 33 minutes, which the midwife, who was fantastic told me was a record for her.'

At home in Borrow Close, Carlton Colville, Gillian, 38, said she was now looking forward to a fun filled year with her two boys.

'I got to see my little boy open his Christmas presents and I was home in time to read him a bedtime story and sing him a song and tuck him in. He really thought Santa had brought Daniel to him from somewhere.

'He absolutely loves him. He's taken pictures to nursery to show all his friends telling them that his brother came at Christmas.'

Despite Christmas Day being a double celebration for the family, Gillian said they would choose an extra special day for Daniel to celebrate his birthday in the middle of the year, as well as December 25.

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