Mothers 'on cloud nine' as decade's first babies are born
The first babies of a new decade have been born, with Ireland's first baby of 2020 officially a Dub.
Hundreds of bundles of joy were delivered across the country yesterday, the first of them coming just 12 minutes into the new decade.
Patience Setuke gave birth to her daughter Victoria Setuke in the Rotunda Hospital, weighing in at a healthy 7lb 12oz.
The new mother was delighted with her baby, who was one of 10 born in the same hospital before 1am.
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The last of the 10, born at 12.59am, was Clare Lynch's new arrival, who is yet to be named - although the little girl's big sister Nina (6) is pushing for the name Ava.
Ms Lynch, and the baby's father Pero Pejoski, said they were over the moon with their 5lb 11oz bundle.
"It's very exciting," Ms Lynch, from Blanchardstown, said. "Everybody was really excited last night, even though it was very busy.
"All of the staff were brilliant as always. Especially on New Year's, you don't even know what day it is."
Ms Lynch added she was in no way disappointed that her new arrival wasn't the first of 2020.
"I was here since Monday and you're thinking, 'oh, maybe it'll be tomorrow', and then I never expected her to be one of the first of the decade," she said.
"I didn't think about her not being the first, because it was a bit of a surprise she came today at all - an added surprise."
In University Maternity Hospital Limerick, Ashley Barron said she was "on cloud nine" after delivering "the first little girl to be born in Limerick" at 4.33am. Ms Barron's daughter, who is yet to be named, weighed 6lb 3oz and arrived four days early.
"She was due on the 5th (of January) but she couldn't wait, so she arrived today.
"She was the first little girl to be born in Limerick. She's as good as gold.
"She hasn't said a peep since she was born - long may it continue, please God," she joked.
Ms Barron, who is originally from Donegal, was hopeful her daughter would be "the first of many, please God".
"She is 6lb 3oz and she's very long," she said. "I don't know where she's getting that, I'm only 5ft 3in myself."
"(Her dad) is nearly 6ft, so she might get it from his side of the family; we'll give him the credit for that," she added.