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Taranaki family get Christmas they ‘won’t forget’ with birth of long-awaited baby boy

Big sister Maddison Webb, mum Jessie Webb and dad Quentin Skegdwell welcomed baby Alex Joshua Webb into the world just 51 minutes after the clock struck Christmas Day.

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Big sister Maddison Webb, mum Jessie Webb and dad Quentin Skegdwell welcomed baby Alex Joshua Webb into the world just 51 minutes after the clock struck Christmas Day.

A Taranaki couple’s new baby was the Christmas Day gift they’d been waiting years for.

But Jessie Webb and Quentin Skegdwell had not told wider family of their new arrival, and instead surprised loved ones when they took him to a festive brunch only hours after his birth.

The couple, and big sister Maddison Webb, 8, welcomed baby boy Alex Joshua Webb into the world at 12.51am on December 25.

Alex's festive arrival was not only a surprise to his immediate family, but other loved ones, too.

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Alex’s festive arrival was not only a surprise to his immediate family, but other loved ones, too.

The Normanby couple had told only two people that Jessie was being induced, and going into labour, on Christmas Eve.

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“So we turned up on Christmas Day with a baby,” she laughed. “He was a bit overwhelmed, he was just over seven hours old.”

The pair, who have been together about four years, had been trying for a baby for three of those, Jessie said.

Sadly that came “with a few losses”, until Alex.

“It was pretty cool, especially because we’ve tried for so long,” Jessie said. “It’s definitely a Christmas we won’t forget.”

Alex already had the nickname AJ from his big sister Maddison.

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Alex already had the nickname AJ from his big sister Maddison.

The 27-year-old was due on January 2, but was diagnosed with gestational diabetes and told she was not allowed to go past 38 weeks.

She was induced at 8am on December 24, and expected that she would give birth later that day as everything was “fast at the start”.

“But, he definitely didn’t want to come on Christmas Eve.”

She started pushing at 10 minutes to midnight, and the couple welcomed their 8 pound 12 ounce baby boy an hour later.

The family spent the early hours of the morning in Taranaki Base Hospital, before heading home and getting ready for their family brunch.

There was a lot of excitement when they arrived with the newborn no one was expecting for another week or so, and as he was one of 10 grandchildren “the kids just lost it”.

Despite running on little to no sleep, Jessie was feeling the same.

“It was just the adrenaline, everybody being so excited.”

Alex’s smitten older sister Maddison had already given him the nickname AJ, and the family was settling in well – even heading to a second Christmas gathering on Sunday.

“He’s so easy – he’s honestly just slipped right in,” Jessie said.



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