Freya brings seasonal joy

JPCT 301214 S14520028H Crawley. Northgate. Scarlett,4, with her new sister Freya, born in East Surrey Hospital on Christmas day -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-141230-115042001
JPCT 301214 S14520028H Crawley. Northgate. Scarlett,4, with her new sister Freya, born in East Surrey Hospital on Christmas day -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-141230-115042001

A mother got to open her presents but missed Christmas dinner to give birth to her baby girl.

Samantha Edmonston’s family is celebrating the birth of her second daughter, Freya, who was born at East Surrey Hospital on Christmas day.

Samantha, 26, of Woodside Road, Northgate, said: “Everyone’s been really happy that it’s a Christmas baby and said it’s really special.

“She fits in really well and Scarlett loves being a big sister.”

Speaking of her elation she said: “It’s that she’s here, she’s healthy and part of the family.”

Freya was born eight days overdue.

Samantha was having contractions and was taken to the hospital by ambulance at around 3.30pm.

Her daughter Scarlett, 4, celebrated Christmas with friends of the family.

Samantha, a nurse at a nursery in Three Bridges, said: “I didn’t really want her to come on Christmas day because I wanted to enjoy the day.

“We just tried to keep it as normal as possible because I knew contractions could last days.”

She added her friends arrived at her home in five minutes.

They had been anticipating Freya being born on Christmas day.

Samantha gave birth with her partner Lloyd Rogers, 28, a bike mechanic in Crawley, by her side.

The labour was short and Freya was the last baby born at the hospital that day.

Samantha said: “It was really quiet so it was nice and relaxed.

“I think it was because it was Christmas - it filled up quite quickly on Boxing Day.”

Freya weighed nine pounds ten ounces and was one of seven Christmas Day babies at the hospital.

Scarlett met her for the first time on Boxing Day.

She helped her parents choose Freya’s name.

Samantha said: “[Lloyd and I] like names slightly unusual but not too unusual.

“Scarlett actually chose it - we were talking about baby names,

“I love the name, it’s really pretty.”

The family returned to their home on December 26.

Samantha said: “It’s been absolutely fine.

“She’s quite a relaxed baby as well.”

They have celebrated New Years Day with friends .

Samantha added: “A few friends were like it’s going to be a Christmas day baby. Because she was late, I think a lot of them were expecting it. I think it’s just like any other day but when you think about it it’s quite special.”