Parents enjoy magical start to 2023 with arrival of New Year babies

Staff at maternity units across the country had a busy start to the year as a number of babies were born on January 1.

Parents welcome bundles of joy on New Year’s Day as first babies of 2023 born in Scotland announced iStock

While Scots across the country saw in the new year with parties and first footing, others had a magical start to 2023 with the arrival of new additions to their families. 

Staff at maternity units across the country had a busy start to the year, with a number of babies being brought into the world on January 1. 

At Ayrshire Maternity Unit, four babies were delivered before 4am on New Year’s Day. 

The first, little Dominic, arrived at 12.06am weighing 6lb 8oz to parents Shauna Moodie and Demetri Moffat, from Hurlford.

Just over an hour later, Chloe Jamieson and Jack Bennet of Kilmarnock welcomed their daughter Amelia into the world at 1.09am, weighing 6lb 5oz.

A few hours later, little Adalyn was born at 3.35am, weighing in at 7lb 9oz. Her parents May and Myoaung Chit, from Prestwick, were delighted to give their son Alexander, seven, a baby sister.

Minutes later, Tehreem and Mohammed from Hurlford welcomed a daughter at 3.38am.

Meanwhile at Glasgow’s Princess Royal Maternity Hospital, a baby boy was delivered at 12.11am.

Parents Megan Barrass and Taylor Bowman have not yet named their son, who weighed 8lb.

Shortly after, Jennifer and Dean Carr from Kennoway, Fife, welcomed Harper Elizabeth at 12.21am, weighing 7lb 15oz.

In Lanarkshire, the University Hospital Wishaw saw a bundle of new arrivals on New Year’s Day. 

Little Kai, weighing 7lb 9oz, was born to Elizabeth Smith and Craig McLachlan at 3.07am.

A few hours later, Nicole Cushnan and her partner Lewis Connor welcomed daughter Lilah at 7.11am, weighing 7lb 8oz.

In Larbert, Sabah and Waqar Rauf from Cumbernauld welcomed a daughter at 3.14am at Forth Valley Royal Hospital. They are yet to choose her name.

NHS Grampian’s first baby of 2023 was born at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital at around 1.20am.

A few hours later, Cody Alexander Morrice born at the hospital at 3.30am weighing 8.5lb, to the delight of mother Samantha, father Sean, brother Luke and sister Stevie.

Morgan Blanchard and Gary Watt, from Orkney, welcomed their first child at the hospital at 4.45am.

Their son, who is yet to be named, weighed 7lb 14oz.