THERE was an extra guest for Christmas dinner when little Charlie Mallinson arrived a day earlier than he was due.
New mum Kerry Ashurst, 25, of Stumpcross Way, Pontefract, went into labour on Christmas Eve, giving birth to Charlie at five minutes past midnight on Christmas Day, weighing in at 7lbs 6oz.
The pair were discharged from Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield at 7am, and she and boyfriend Stuart Mallinson, 28, were able to take their newborn to Christmas Day dinner at her parents’ house.
Knottingley De Lacy Academy teacher Kerry said: “I think the pain started at around 5pm on Christmas Eve, but I took some paracetamol and went to bed. I’d had a few twinges before so I didn’t think it was anything.
“We went to hospital at 9pm and he was born at 12.05am on Christmas Day, so it happened quite quickly.
“I thought when I got there they’d send me home again, but the nurse told me I was already 9cm dilated, so I was definitely having him.”
Kerry and Stuart – both ICT teachers – had planned to have Christmas dinner with Kerry’s family, but giving birth didn’t interrupt their plans.
She added: “They let us out by 7am, so we came home and went to sleep for a bit, then got up and went for Christmas dinner at my mum and dad’s as we had planned it.
“It was lovely, and the following day we went to York, where Stuart’s parents live, so everybody has got to see him during Christmas, which we weren’t expecting.
“It was a nice surprise for everyone.”
Kerry and Stuart – who works at Minsthorpe Community College – wanted to thank the staff at Pinderfields for the care they received while they were in hospital.