Families' joy at Christmas arrivals
AS a soldier in the British Army, Cpl Mark Parrott is used to being called into action at a moment's notice.
But he was taken by surprise when pregnant wife Erica went into labour five days early on Christmas morning.
Once the action started, everything went according to plan and he is now the proud father of Joseph Edward Parrott.
Joseph was born at 2.52pm at Torbay Hospital and weighed 8lbs 1oz.
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He is a brother to 13-year-old Owain. The couple live in Preston.
Erica said: "He was due on the 30th so it was a bit of a surprise when I went into labour on Christmas Day morning.
"We are over the moon and it was really special because Mark is on leave from the army and he was here for the birth."
Cpl Parrott is currently serving with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.
He said: "I am more than happy with the timing of the birth and just to have a few days extra with him before I go back is very special."
Arriving a few hours earlier was Maison Ken Powell.
He was born to Heather Daniel, 36, at 4.11am.
It was a home birth in Paignton and he weighed in at 7lbs 2oz. Dad David Powell said his 'lovely little boy' arrived two weeks before he was expected.
He said: "The home birth was pre-arranged. Heather has done two previous births at home."
Little Maison and mum are both doing fine. He will be a brother for Ellis, Alarna, Finley, Taylor and Kiera.
Back at Torbay Hospital 19-year-old Tammy Sumner was giving birth to her second child.
Kayden arrived at 6.30pm, four days after he was due.
His late arrival made the delivery a little more difficult for Tammy but mother and baby and now doing fine.
He weighed 9lbs 12oz and is a younger brother for Riley and son to James Harper.
"I'm just very happy," said Tammy.