Luton’s cuddliest deliveries arrive in time for Christmas

Luton Christmas baby Andrew Mudiyanselage with dad Rasitha and mum Nilanka

Luton Christmas baby Andrew Mudiyanselage with dad Rasitha and mum Nilanka

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First time mum Emma Matthews, 29, is still on Cloud Nine after her son Darragh made his debut at 4.03am on Christmas morning.

The St Matthews Primary School teacher of Capron Road said: “He was the best present ever and will be very hard to beat. I’m loving being a mum and I’ve been on a high since he was born.”

Luton Christmas baby Darragh Matthews

Luton Christmas baby Darragh Matthews

Her HGV driver husband Ricky, 29, is also reeling with excitement about the new addition to the family.

Emma said: “He was absolutely overwhelmed and still is. The midwives were great, they included him in everything.

“And they were just so lovely, they bought Darragh lots of little treats. There was a stocking with a bib and a muslin cloth and a Christmas hat. Then the lady from the shop came and gave him a rattle.”

The Matthews left hospital on Christmas morning and went straight to Ricky’s mum for a festive dinner where Darragh – the first grandson – was the centre of attention.

Luton Christmas baby Hawwa Noor Khan with proud dad Arfan

Luton Christmas baby Hawwa Noor Khan with proud dad Arfan

Emma, who’s known her husband since their school days at Cardinal Newman, said: “Everyone says he looks like both of us but I think he looks more like his Dad. He’s a very happy and contented baby and never cries at all.”

Former fast food chef Rasitha Bewa Mudiyanselage, 35, of Richmond Hill is looking forward to settling into a new routine when his wife Nilanka, 36, and their first baby Andrew come home from hospital.

Andrew, who weighed 7lb 3oz, was born by Caesarian section after showing signs of distress during labour.

“He’s 100 per cent now and is beginning to get naughty,” his proud father beamed.

Arfan Khan of St Margaret’s Road was equally thrilled with his new daughter, Hawwa Noor, born to his partner Asima Parveen at 12.26 on Christmas Day.

When photographer June Essex called to capture the happy family, Arfan couldn’t stop smiling and cuddling his precious Christmas baby.