Stacey Cater with newborn Scarlett Harrison (Credit: BHRUT)
The first was born just nine minutes after midnight while Lia Trocin followed shortly after at 12.26am.
Lia was due to be born on Wednesday, 15 December and her mum Iulia would have been induced on Christmas Day if she had not gone into labour naturally on Christmas Eve.
Dad Sergiu, of Harold Hill, said: “It was Lia’s wish to be born on Christmas Day, and it’s nice, she’s a special girl.
“Our son Alex, who’s two, was very excited when she came home and kept giving her lots of kisses. We got home around 6pm and had a nice dinner with the grandparents. Everyone was very excited to see the baby.”
Harsha Rabindran, 35, of Hornchurch, was due to give birth on Boxing Day and could not believe it when her son Navin was born at 4.30am on Christmas morning.
She said: “I’m so surprised it still hasn’t sunk in. Some people said he could come on Christmas Day but I expected him to come much earlier, like my daughter did.
“We went home around 5pm and had some friends round for dinner. We are very happy and Nia is really enjoying being a big sister.”
Scarlett Harrison, who was born at 2.25am, completes a trio of grandchildren born on special days for her proud nan.
Mum Stacey Cater, 35, of Brentwood, said: “Her first was born on New Year’s Eve, her second on St Patrick’s Day, Scarlett is the third born on a special day so my mum is over the moon. Scarlett also has a birthday really close to her brother, Archie, who will be two on 15 January.
“She was due on 21 December and I went into labour late on Christmas Eve. I actually had her while I was still in the triage area as she was so quick, which was a bit of a shock for everyone!
“It feels amazing and so special to have her on Christmas Day and then bringing her home to Archie, like a Christmas present. He’s really good with her and strokes her face and gives her kisses.”
Stacey enjoyed the festive feel on the hospital’s Labour ward and joined in singing some Christmas songs with midwives.
“At one point Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas came on, which is my mum’s favourite song, so that’s a really special memory I have associated with Scarlett’s birth, especially as my mum couldn’t see her that day as she was at home with Covid,” she added.
Stacey managed to get home in time to see Archie open his presents before having Christmas dinner at her mother-in-law’s.
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