Oh baby, what a gift - couple have Christmas baby 18 months after tragically losing a child during birth

Best Christmas gift - Zoe Thomas and baby Rhys. EMN-150501-163944001

Best Christmas gift - Zoe Thomas and baby Rhys. EMN-150501-163944001

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A Sleaford family have been given the perfect gift of a baby boy, just 18 months after tragically losing a child during birth.

Gavin and Zoe Thomas, of Meadowfield, welcomed little Rhys Morgan Thomas into the world at 7.30pm on Christmas Day.

First born in the county - Evie May Atkin. EMN-150501-163954001

First born in the county - Evie May Atkin. EMN-150501-163954001

Meanwhile Josh and Sophie Atkin are the proud new parents of Evie May - the first child to be born in Lincolnshire in 2015 - delivered at 12.40am on New Year’s Day.

Overjoyed father Gavin , 37, explained the couple had expected to have Rhys between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day as Zoe, 36, was due to be induced at Lincoln’s maternity wing because of her previous complications.

Gavin, a self employed supplier to car valeting companies, said: “We lost a baby 18 months ago during childbirth, so to have this one at Christmas is a
 miracle really.

“We were so upset at the time we didn’t know whether we would get the chance again. When we found Zoe was pregnant it was with trepidation but fantastic news and when the birth worked out to be on Christmas Day it was really a gift - the best present.”

Rhys, who weighed in at 7lb 5oz, is doing fine, along with mum, who works as a kitchen design and sales person for Turnbulls.

They have a five-year-old daughter, Cerys, who is described as a ‘very proud big sister’.

Gavin said: “It was a bit different spending Christmas Day in hospital. He had a lot of presents from the sisters and midwives on the wards and one woman had knitted some clothes.”

Sophie and Josh’s 6lb 15oz New Year baby is a little sister to Jacob, aged four, and Lyla, who is one.

Sophie, 24, said Evie’s birth was very quick - she was already at Lincoln County Hospital by the time New Year was celebrated and remembers: “Everyone was saying ‘look at the lovely fireworks’, but I wasn’t bothered about that.

“They let me go home six hours later. It was a surreal New Year’s Day. The midwife told us she was the first baby of 2015 to arrive in the county.”

Sophie is staying at home in Greylees with the children while husband Josh, 25, is an aircraft engineer.

She said Lyla is ‘besotted’ with her new sister, but she laughed: “Jacob is pretty much the same as he was 
with his other sister - not that bothered.”