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4 mums on New Year’s Day

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4 mums on New Year’s Day

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FOUR WOMEN were counting their 2013 blessings from early yesterday morning and they came in pounds and ounces at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) and Bayview.
Less than an hour after the strains of Auld Lang Syne signalled the start of the New Year, first-time mum Marissa Alleyne was welcoming Makeira into the world. The 24-year-old, of East Point, St Philip, gave birth to the first baby for 2013 at 12:45 a.m. Her  six-pound, 15-ounce bundle of joy was being monitored in the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit of the QEH, but the beaming mother was confident her new daughter would be just fine.
“It was painful, but in the end it was worth it . . . ,” Alleyne said. Her beaming smile was reflected by her dad Stephen, who said he was elated at the birth  of his first granddaughter and second grandchild.  He was looking forward to spoiling his “precious”.
Little Caleb was the first and only boy to be born  on New Year’s Day, up to press time. The seven-pound, 15-ounce baby was the third son born to Martinette Forde, 40, at 5:05 a.m. Forde has a 17-year-old and  a toddler who turns two on January 13. (YB)