Christmas day baby interrupts Turkey dinner

Surrey Comet: Kathryn Blake with Steve Blake and baby Dylan Kathryn Blake with Steve Blake and baby Dylan

As families gathered to feast on turkey and open their presents, nine babies were welcomed into the world at Kingston Hospital on Christmas Day.

Parents Steve Blake, 41 and Kathryn Beale, 42, were thrilled with the arrival of their firstborn Dylan James Blake just after 10pm.

The couple of Trent Way, Worcester Park, who have been together for 16 years, welcomed the youngster who came in at 7 lbs and 8 oz on Christmas Day.

Mr Blake, who works as a quantity surveyor, said: "He is gorgeous. I’m in shock – when we first thought he might come on Christmas day we thought 'oh no' but when we actually realised it was going to happen it was really special.

"We told the midwife she had to make sure the baby came before midnight. The staff here have been brilliant, all of them are beautiful people."

Despite baby Dylan expected in the New Year, the new parents had planned ahead with a Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve, but this was interrupted when Miss Beale’s waters broke on the day.

She said: "We had to go to the hospital but we didn’t feel like we missed anything – they gave us all a Christmas dinner at the hospital.

"It’s taken a long time for me to fall pregnant so this baby is incredibly special and a joy. I am tired but over the moon. We are looking forward to being parents.”

The new mum said Dylan would be expected to be both an Arsenal football fan and a Welsh Rugby fan too – with plenty of mini t-shirts likely to be under the Christmas tree still at home.

She added they had previously chosen a number of names for boys and girls but settled on Dylan which incorporated her welsh heritage and Steve’s English heritage – and paid tribute to her late father, who was a great fan of Bob Dylan.

Anna Dellaway, head of midwifery at Kingston Hospital said: "Perhaps the recent bad weather been a factor at Kingston Hospital Maternity Unit, where we had a quieter than usual Christmas day, with nine babies being born – six girls and three boys.

"Every one of our mothers and babies were given a little present on Christmas day, generously funded by the Friends of Kingston Hospital Foundation Trust.

"We would like to wish all our mothers and babies a very Happy Christmas and our very best wishes for the New Year."

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5:44pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Michael Pantlin says...

The more babies brought into the world the greater the pressure on limited resources including personal space. Overcrowded supermarkets at Christmas with people getting stressed and ratty because their movement is restricted, traffic jams causing road rage because there is not enough road space/ The source of the problem is the exit door of the maternity unit and the immigration arrivals lounge at ports.
The more babies brought into the world the greater the pressure on limited resources including personal space. Overcrowded supermarkets at Christmas with people getting stressed and ratty because their movement is restricted, traffic jams causing road rage because there is not enough road space/ The source of the problem is the exit door of the maternity unit and the immigration arrivals lounge at ports. Michael Pantlin

7:17pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Nichu44 says...

What a mean comment. Supermarkets have been busy at Christmas for as long as I can remember, before anyone started banging on about immigration. If you don't like it, they offer home delivery. Surely the bigger problem is longer life expectancy, where many people spend a good chunk of later life economically inactive and draining the NHS's resources.

I think it's quite unfair to attempt to blame overcrowding (which is actually fine outside London) on one couple who have had one child. This is supposed to be a good new story!

Congratulations to Kathryn and Steve on your lovely new baby.
What a mean comment. Supermarkets have been busy at Christmas for as long as I can remember, before anyone started banging on about immigration. If you don't like it, they offer home delivery. Surely the bigger problem is longer life expectancy, where many people spend a good chunk of later life economically inactive and draining the NHS's resources. I think it's quite unfair to attempt to blame overcrowding (which is actually fine outside London) on one couple who have had one child. This is supposed to be a good new story! Congratulations to Kathryn and Steve on your lovely new baby. Nichu44

3:12pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Georgia Lewis says...

Michael, do you know this couple personally? Do you know their financial circumstances? As far as we know, this is a very much wanted child who has been born into a loving home with loving parents. This family is not singlehandedly causing overcrowded supermarkets.

I do, however, question the need for the Sutton Guardian to state that the couple have been together for 16 years. Is it anyone's business? Was this included because the couple have different surnames and possibly aren't married? This is also nobody's business. Also, it is 2014, not 1814...
Michael, do you know this couple personally? Do you know their financial circumstances? As far as we know, this is a very much wanted child who has been born into a loving home with loving parents. This family is not singlehandedly causing overcrowded supermarkets. I do, however, question the need for the Sutton Guardian to state that the couple have been together for 16 years. Is it anyone's business? Was this included because the couple have different surnames and possibly aren't married? This is also nobody's business. Also, it is 2014, not 1814... Georgia Lewis

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