New arrivals bring festive cheer

PUBLISHED: 12:03 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:56 26 October 2009

Ann Mottolese with baby Luke

Ann Mottolese with baby Luke

ONE woman was unable to finish her Christmas dinner when she went into labour before the pudding. Ann Mottolese, an aid worker from Brookmans Park, was due to give birth to baby Luke on December 18 and had returned from her work in Indonesia in May. Conce

Lewis Warrington, pictured with mum and dad

ONE woman was unable to finish her Christmas dinner when she went into labour before the pudding.

Ann Mottolese, an aid worker from Brookmans Park, was due to give birth to baby Luke on December 18 and had returned from her work in Indonesia in May.

Concerned it was not safe to have her baby out there, she had to leave her Italian fiancé Michele Mottolese there.

She came back to her parents on Bluebridge Road, where Michele joined her in December, and it was here they spent Christmas day when Luke arrived.

Baby Jessica with Emily and Matthew

Ann, 40, said: "Luke was very much wanted and planned, so to have him on Christmas Day as well was a lovely surprise."

"I do feel a bit sorry for him being born on Christmas Day though as it won't be just his special day.

"But, according to Italian custom, we will celebrate his saint's day on October 18 as well."

And, with a register office wedding already planned for December 28 in Hatfield, it turned into a busy week.

Ann and Michele met eight years ago as aid workers in Cambodia and got together two years later.

A former occupational therapist for the NHS, Ann now works abroad as a health manager, while Michele as a former economist works on livelihood projects.

She said: "We want to bring Luke up bilingual and he will come out with us to continue our aid work.

"It's very exciting to have Luke as I had had three miscarriages and thought it wasn't possible."

Luke weighed seven pounds and nine ounces.

Michele, 39, will embark on another aid project in the new year, over in Khartoum, Sudan, where she will join him in September.

Their official wedding is planned for August in Rome, where Michele's family live.

Ann passed her thanks on to all in the maternity unit at the QE2, who she said worked above and beyond the call of duty during her time there.

THE first baby of 2008 in Times Territory was born in the early hours of New Year's Day, nearly two weeks late.

Lewis Warrington, pictured with mum and dad, was due on December 22, but after a 58-hour labour, mother Collete gave birth at 6.45am.

The 40-year-old, who lives with husband Tony in Codicote, said: "While everyone else was partying, we were having our own little party.

"At midnight I could hear fireworks going off, but I was quite close to delivery and it was a really surreal experience."

The pair, who met while both working in medical sales in St Albans, married in October 2006.

She said of their first baby: "We wondered if he might come on Christmas Day, but we didn't think he would be born quite so late.

"It is a very special day for him to be born on because it won't get overshadowed by Christmas and he can really party on New Year's Eve with everyone else."

Tony, 41, has already introduced his new son to his sporting passions in life - cricket and Spurs football team.

Weighing six pounds, nine-and-a-half ounces, he is named after Tony's dad with Collete's dad's name John as a middle name.

ONE of the new additions to Times Territory in 2008 arrived over a week late, on the morning of New Year's Day.

Jessica Odette Hull was born at 8.30am at the QE2 hospital, WGC - more than 26 hours after her mother, Emily Baker Brown, went into labour.

Emily, 17, from Knella Road, WGC, told the WHT Jessica, who weighed seven pounds, 10 ounces, was originally expected on Christmas Eve.

She said: "We had been waiting ages for her - all over Christmas. It was really nice to have her on New Year's Day, though.

"It was a completely different New Year's Eve to what we are used to, what with me going in to hospital at 6.30am on that day."

"Since Jessica has been home, she has been really well behaved. She hardly ever cries, she is an absolute angel."

Father Matthew Hull, from the Stevenage area, said he was delighted to have a baby born on New Year's Day.

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