Edinburgh welcomes its first baby of 2016

Carolann Horsburgh from Gorebridge with her newborn son Mason White. Picture: Scott Louden
Carolann Horsburgh from Gorebridge with her newborn son Mason White. Picture: Scott Louden
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THE first baby born on New Year’s Day in the Lothians arrived just after 1am.

Little Mason White weighed 8lb when mum Carolann Horsburgh gave birth in the maternity department at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

I was wanting him to make an appearance. I was two weeks late with my other boy”


The proud 22-year-old said she was relieved at having a “very straightforward” labour.

And she said she was “incredibly excited” to give birth to Mason on New Year’s Day, especially as he was the first in the region.

Her due date had been December 27, but Mason arrived late.

The care assistant, from Gorebridge, said: “It was a bit of a surprise. I thought I was going to have him on his due date, which was the 27th.

“I did know when I was in here last night I was going to have him after 12am but I didn’t know he was going to be the first baby of 2016.

“It’s a special day. It’s such an easy day to give birth as well.

“I was in shock, I can’t describe it. I was definitely excited.”

Carolann is also mother to 18-month-old Rhys, who she said was excited about having a little brother.

After Mason missed his due date, Carolann began getting twitchy for him to be born.

“I was wanting him to make an appearance,” she said. “I was two weeks late with my other wee boy.”

Carolann was preparing to return home yesterday with hopes of spending a “relaxing” New Year’s Day.

“I’ll have a nice and chilled day and get him settled in, have a nice bath and a nice sleep,” she added.

Also born in the Lothians yesterday was baby Reuben, who came into the world at 4.50am at St John’s Hospital in Livingston.

Reuben, whose parents are Megan Proudlock, 23, and John Irvine, 27, from Linlithgow, weighed 6lb 15oz.

John, a broadband technician for Sky, said Reuben’s arrival had made Hogmanay 2015 the “best ever”, adding that he and his partner – who are planning to marry next year – were “incredibly excited”.

He said: “I’ve got two weeks off work, so that’s two weeks of sleepless nights to look forward to, but I could not ask for a cuter wee boy.

“All is well – he got the big check-up and everything is as it should be. He’s small – his six-year-old sister, Skye, was 8lb 4oz when she was born – but the doctors are not worried.

“I think we all want to go home so he can see his room.” John said he and his partner opted for a standard hospital labour this time after trying out a birthing pool ahead of the arrival of their daughter.

“Megan had a wee infection during the pregnancy so it was safer to go for a standard birth,” he said.

“The labour was as smooth as a labour could be.

“For us, it’s just a case of back to reality now, but with one extra person. I’ll have to tell people that I have kids – plural – which is a bit terrifying.

“I’m excited to get him home, excited to get them all home.”