As the world waited for news of the birth of the Royal baby on Monday, one Longhoughton couple were celebrating the arrival of their own bundle of joy.
Elijah Stockdale was born just 50minutes after the Prince of Cambridge, at Wansbeck Hospital, to parents Chelsea and Jeffrey. Weighing 8lb 5.5oz, Elijah made it in time to see his daddy, an RAF Boulmer Senior Aircraftman, before he flew off to the Falklands yesterday.
As the world is hooked on Royal baby fever, one north Northumberland family is celebrating the arrival of its very own baby boy.
Elijah Stockdale, weighing 8lb 5.5oz, was the first baby born at Wansbeck General Hospital after the arrival of the Prince of Cambridge on Monday.
Born at 5.14pm, Elijah joins two brothers – three-and-a-half year-old Jefferson and one-and-a-half-year-old Tristan.
He arrived just in time to meet his dad Jeffrey, a Senior Aircraftman serving at RAF Boulmer, who headed off on duty to the Falklands yesterday and should be back in time for Elijah’s first Christmas.
Proud parents Chelsea, 25, who is originally from America, and Jeffrey, 30, live in Longhoughton.
Chelsea said on Tuesday: “Elijah came very quickly and we were really grateful for the fantastic care we received from the midwives at Wansbeck General Hospital.
“I wanted to come home yesterday evening to be with my husband and my other children before Jeffrey departs for the Falklands tomorrow – everyone at Wansbeck was really supportive.
“It is quite fitting that Elijah shared his birthday with the Royal baby as they both have fathers in the RAF – although I doubt Prince William will be going back to work quite as soon!
Jeffrey added: “There was a real buzz across the whole maternity unit yesterday in Wansbeck because of the Royal baby and it was really lovely for the midwives to get us a present, they made the day really special for us, especially as I leave for my RAF duties tomorrow.”
The Stockdales received a special gift from the hospital.