These three families received the best gift possible over the festive period as they celebrated having babies born on either Christmas Day or New Year's Day at Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Noah Sponaugle was born at 10.35pm on Christmas Day, weighing 8lb 10oz.

He is a first child for Naomi Hurlock and Skyler Cody Sponaugle of Rushton Grove, in Harlow.

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Noah Sponaugle in daddy's arms

Shazain Omer Hanif was also born on at the Harlow hospital on December 25, weighing 3.59kg.

The baby boy is a second child for Omer Hanif and Aneela Hameed of Alderwood Terrace, Chigwell, after Eesa Omer Hanif.

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Shazain Omer Hanif is letting everyone know when he was born

Lizzy and Amine Chaari were celebrating 14 years together on New Year's Day and the start of 2021 was made even more special by the arrival of baby Rayen.

He weighed 7lb 9oz and is a first child for the couple from Harlow.

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Rayen Chaari was the perfect anniversary gift for his parents

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