Seaside Christmas for surprise baby

Baby James with parents Jane and Gary Eadie.
Baby James with parents Jane and Gary Eadie.

THE Langley Mill mum who gave birth to a baby boy in the middle of a packed shopping street without even knowing she was pregnant has spent the first Christmas with her surprise package in Blackpool.

Little James Terrance Eadie, who looked fantastic in a Santa suit when we visited, was a completely unexpected arrival for proud parents Jane and Gary Eadie.

But the couple thoroughly enjoyed their first Christmas with the new arrival.

Jane, 44, said: “James got some clothes and a few teddy bears.

“He’s a bit young for too much, but everyone made a fuss.”

By the time January arrives, three-month-old James will be very well-travelled for his age.

Dad Gary, 56, who has retired from his job at Denby Pottery, said: “We were in Blackpool with friends on Christmas Day.

“Then we are going to see family in Scotland for the new year.

“And James has been to Skegness already. He is already well-travelled!”

Cute James arrived in the world on September 24, amid dramatic scenes.

Jane was shopping in Belper with Gary, their daughter Elizabeth Anderson, son-in-law Andrew Anderson, and grandson Andrew Jnr, four.

She had been complaining of stomach pains throughout the morning, and thought she had a stomach upset as she sat down on a bench on King Street, opposite the Green House pub, at about 12.30pm. Instead, she gave birth to James, a healthy baby boy who weighed in at 5lb 13oz.

When we spoke to her in hospital a few days after the birth, she said: “I had no idea I was pregnant.”

Now, three months on, baby James is settling into life, while his parents from Sedgwick Street, who already have two grown-up children, are getting used to changing nappies again.

Gary said: “He is fine. It is a bit strange, but we are enjoying it. He has his moments, and he can be very loud. But that’s normal for kids.”

Jane joked: “He is keeping us busy but is doing really well, there have been no problems at all. He now weighs 9lb 10oz.”