TWO Isle of Wight families received the best possible Christmas present this year.
Little Willow Barrans was born at St Mary's Hospital on Christmas Day, at 6.52am, followed by Mariusz Lakomska, at 10.55pm.
Following a five-and-a-half hour labour, and weighing in a 8lb 10oz, Willow was born to proud parents Clinton Barrans and Katie Gaskin, of Augusta Road, Ryde — the couple's second child.
Bus driver Clinton, 49, and full-time mum Katie, 24, took her home that day to meet her big sister, 11-month-old Eden.
"They look so alike, almost identical. I was a bit nervous because Eden's birth was difficult — she was born with a dislocated hip because she was a big baby — so I'm just happy everything was all right," said Katie.
"Eden doesn't know what to make of it all yet, she just keeps pointing at her and laughing.
"It's quite nice to have a Christmas baby but we will celebrate Willow's birthday a few days early, at least until she's a bit older. That way she can have her own special day."
Second to arrive on December 25 was Mariusz, weighing 7lb, born to Martin, 30, and Marcella Lakomska, 29, of College Close, Sandown — a second son for the couple, who work together at the Ocean Hotel.
"He was due on January 16 but our first baby, Mateusz, was five weeks early so you never know what's going to happen. Mateusz is 21 months old, we wanted them to be close in age so they can play together," said Marcella.
After celebrating on Christmas Eve, which is traditional in Poland, where the couple are from, Marcella thought her stomach pains were the result of overindulgence.
"Martin said I had probably eaten too much, and the hospital sent us home the first time because it was too early. But a couple of hours later we were back. The labour was ten hours but it was fine. I don't mind having a Christmas baby. As long as he's healthy, that's all I care about," she said.