11:23 Thursday 26 December 2013

Proud parents beam with delight over Christmas Day babies

Written byROB SMYTH

‘MY little miracle’ were the words used by a beaming Burton mother to describe her Christmas Day baby.

Kristina Racenkaite struggled to hold back her smile as she lovingly held her daughter Austeja just hours after she arrived into the world at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital.

The new mum, who lives in Blackpool Street, told the Mail about the festive arrival of her own ‘angel’ at 12.37pm on Christmas Day afternoon.

She said: “She came very quickly and then all of a sudden I had my magical, little girl.

“She is my little miracle and I am so pleased that she was born on Christmas Day, it just makes the moment even more special.

“She has been sleeping so well in the day but at night she has been up quite a bit but I am sure things will soon settle down.

“Austeja has been so quiet and peaceful and no trouble for me or any of the nurses at all.

“She is healthy and seems to be very happy, just like her mum.

“I still cannot believe that my child arrived on Christmas Day - it is something that I will never ever forget.”

The youngster, who already has a thick head of dark hair, weighed seven pounds and one ounce when she was born.

In total, staff at the Belvedere Road site helped deliver six babies into the world during Christmas Day.

Midwives said all six of the festive arrivals were ‘doing well’.

Just a few doors down from Kristina, new mum Michelle Berrow was fast asleep, getting some well earned rest after welcoming her daughter Eva into the world the previous day.

The youngster arrived at 10.53am and weighed six pounds and 14 ounces.

Delighted dad Mark cradled his sleeping daughter while he spoke to the Mail about the momentous day.

He said: “She is simply the best Christmas present that we could ever had hoped for.

“She is absolutely beautiful and I just cannot take my eyes off her, even for one minute.

“It is such a nice added extra that she was born on Christmas Day and it was a great day.”

Mr Berrow, from Burntwood, said that mother and baby are expected to be well enough to return home by the weekend.

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