It was all systems go at the Luton&Dunstable Hospital on New Year’s Day when nine babies made their appearance – with the first six arriving before 11am.
Earliest on the production line was Esme Jean Martin who was born at 3.57am weighing 3.46 kg.
Her delighted mum, Cara Roberts, 30, of Marsh Farm said: “It was pretty straightforward and everything went well.
“Her sisters – seven-year-old Kady-Anne and Poppy, who’s three – aleady love her to bits and are very, very protective.
“They’re constantly asking to hold her and cuddle her. We’ve had lots of visitors and they want to show her off to everyone.”
Dad Aaron Martin, who’s in security, is also thrilled with the new arrival who was due on December 27.
Cara said: “Most of the time she’s very good. She’s a very calm and contented little baby who just sleeps.”
Pharmacy manager Ann-Marie Carrey, 37, of Barton Hills already has an 18-year-old daughter Aishlyn.
Her shop fitter husband Allan, 41, has a 23-year-old son, Daniel.
“When we first got together we decided to wait until the children were older before we had one of our own,” she said.
“When Ethan arrived at 10am on New Year’s day it was the most amazing experience. I’d gone in to be induced the night before and the midwives sang Auld Lang Syne at midnight. It was really, really nice.”
She added: “I’m a better mum this time – calmer, more chilled, more relaxed.
“Ethan is a very placid, easy little boy. He’s just a pleasure.”
First-time mum Victoria Charlton, 19, of Stopsley couldn’t wait to get home with her son Harper, who weighed 3.45kg when he arrived at 6.10pm.
She had to spend five days in hospital after his birth because she was suffering from high blood pressure.
She said: “I just want to get him settled in a routine and meet everyone.”
The former Ashcroft high student lives with her mum, who’s besotted with her new grandchild. “She can’t take her eyes off him,” Victoria smiled.
She claims he has his builder dad Donald Tuga’s fine blond hair, hands and feet but her nose, ears and lips.
“He’s very quiet and very long,” she added.