It’s been a very different start to this New Year for radio presenter Hayley Kay.
Normally, Hayley, of Marton, would have spent a busy Christmas dividing her time between working on the Radio Wave breakfast show (which she presents with Ged Mills), performing in panto and attending various local events.
But this year, while things haven’t been much quieter, she has certainly spent more time at home.
Hayley gave birth to her first child, Freddie Lawson, on December 6 – and says becoming a mum has been wonderful.
She and partner John Lawson celebrated Freddie’s arrival shortly before their first anniversary – two weeks after his ‘due’ date.
Hayley, 37, said: “Freddie arrived right in the middle of Storm Desmond, so I think he wanted to make an entrance.
“He’s amazing. We really could not be happier.
“It really is a game-changer, he’s the centre of our universe. We keep feeling we have to pinch ourselves – we can’t believe he’s here.
“We feel so lucky – he’s healthy and content. He’s really laid-back, so I think he takes after John.
“I had a really good pregnancy too, I was really lucky. The only thing I craved the whole time was salad sandwiches!
“In the end, he was born by emergency C-section, and the staff at the Victoria Hospital were so wonderful.
“Everybody has been so generous too – we’ve had lots of cards and presents. People have been so kind, it really is lovely. I had my baby shower at Dahlia’s Kitchen and that was lovely too.
“We really couldn’t have wished for a better Christmas.”
Hayley has already managed to show off her new arrival – who weighed 8lbs 12oz at birth – to her friends and colleagues.
She said: “It has been a very different festive season for me this year.
“Usually I have the panto, am rushing around with that.
“Usually my head is full of panto scripts, but this year it’s full of when Freddie last had his nappy changed or when his next feed will be. With having a C-section, I haven’t even been allowed to even do the vacuuming – so I haven’t been doing much rushing!
“I did visit my panto friends and took Freddie so they could meet him, and I’ve taken him into Radio Wave too.
“We’ve been lucky John had his paternity leave and was off over Christmas so we’ve had more time to spend together.
“It’s been lovely for my mum and dad, as Freddie’s their first grandchild, so they love spoiling him.
“We had a lovely Christmas, we have started our own traditions – like Christmas Eve, the three of us spent at home wearing matching elf pyjamas.”
Hayley hopes to return to work at Radio Wave in March and the couple plan for Freddie to attend nursery in Over Wyre, close to where John works.
She said: “It will work out well, as John will spend the morning with Freddie before nursery and then I will get to spend my afternoons with him.
“It really is a great start to the New Year for us.”