Christmas Day was extra special for three Dunstable and Houghton Regis families as they celebrated the births of their festive babies.
Proud parents Karen Horn and Joey Smart welcomed Joey-Junior into the world just 20 minutes into December 25, weighing 8lbs 9oz.
Karen, of Kingsland Close, Houghton Regis, said: “I was 10 days late and was taken in to be induced on Christmas Eve but he hung on until Christmas Day.”
The family celebrated Christmas with big sisters Aimee, 17 and Danielle, 13.
Karen said: “We’ve got him a little Santa outfit, I thought that would be appropriate.
“We brought him home the same morning and his dad made the dinner while I put my feet up!”
Katie Dolling, 21, and 24-year-old Marc King celebrated the birth of baby Leo at 6.20pm, who weighed 7lbs 9oz.
Katie, of Watling Gardens, Dunstable, said: “I was surprised – everyone was saying it was going to be on Christmas Day but I didn’t believe them.
“It was definitely worth missing Christmas dinner for, I didn’t get a look-in! He’s such a good little boy.”
Katie and Marc have double cause for celebration as they are looking forward to getting married after Marc proposed on her 21st birthday in March.
A Christmas Day surprise meant 29-year-old Tamara Brown’s family had to swing into action.
Tamara, of Bloomsbury Gardens, Houghton Regis, whose baby was due on December 29, started having what she thought false labour pains two days before Christmas.
But by 10pm on Christmas Eve she realised she would be getting an extra Christmas present, and her aunt took her to the L&D. Just before 6am, the so far unnamed boy was born, weighing 6lbs 15oz.
It meant her two-year-old son, Kaiden, had to spend the big day at Tamara’s aunt’s house.
“He was quite excited when he first met his brother,” she said. “But he had got lots of new toys for Christmas so he was quite happy just playing with those.”