Four bundles of joy born at the Horton

Gemma and Tom Osborne and newborn son Huw who was born on Christmas Day morning.
Gemma and Tom Osborne and newborn son Huw who was born on Christmas Day morning.

Four babies were welcomed to the world at Banbury’s Horton General Hospital on Christmas Day.

One of them was little Huw William Peter Osborne, who was born at 5.05am to proud parents Gemma and Tom Osborne of Keytes Close, Adderbury.

Their first child weighed in at 7lb 14oz and the little family has been completely inundated with well wishes ever since his birth.

Mr Osborne 34, said: “It went really, really well.

“Gemma was absolutely amazing and they’re both doing really well. The staff were amazing as well. Gemma even got a little Christmas dinner and Huw got a little woolly hat with Father Christmas on it.”

The couple went in at about 8am on Christmas Eve and the whole family were back at home on Boxing Day.

Happy mother Mrs Osborne, aged 31, said: “It was just an amazing Christmas present.”

Mr Osborne added: “We hadn’t thought about it until a friend of ours pointed out that his initials are HO, which is, of course, ho ho ho!”

Christmas Day surprises is a bit of a theme in the Osborne family as the proud parents – who have been married for two years – actually got engaged on Christmas Day four years ago.

Sharly and Barrie Gladwell, of Bankside, Woodford Halse, also welcomed their baby daughter, Indi Lyla, on Christmas Day morning.

Mrs Gladwell, 29, said: “I woke up about 2am with contractions but I was trying to ignore it because it was Christmas Day morning!”

But the little girl wanted out – and fast. Mrs Gladwell arrived at the hospital at about 3.45am and Indi was delivered just over two hours later at 5.52am.

Weighing in at 8lb 12.5oz, Indi is the couple’s second child and daughter Havana, aged three, is now a proud big sister.

“It was really quick and went really well so I was very lucky. I even managed to get home for Christmas dinner in the evening,” said Mrs Gladwell.