The parents of Fife’s first Christmas Day baby have spoken of their joy at being able to cuddle their precious ‘wee fighter’ at last.
Little Ethan William Arreaza Robertson made a surprise appearance at just after 2am on December 25 - almost three months early and weighing in at just 3lbs.
He’s been in the special baby care unit at Kirkcaldy’s Victoria Hospital ever since - but has made such good progress that his parents, Jessica Arreaza and Sean Robertson, from Auchtermuchty, are now able to hold him for a few minutes each day.
“Ethan is improving all the time,” said Jessica (18).
“It’s been so upsetting to see him hooked up to machines and tubes - it looked like he was covered in spaghetti.
“But he’s had his drips removed and is breathing by himself now so we’re able to give him a cuddle.
“Now we’re really looking forward to taking him home, which we’ve been told will be in about six weeks.”
Former Bell Baxter pupil Jessica wasn’t due to give birth until March 14, so when she began having labour pains on Christmas Eve her partner Sean (27) thought she was exaggerating.
But when the pains got worse the couple became so worried that they contacted NHS 24 and in turn were sent to hospital - and seven hours later they were parents.
“I’d had a bug and the doctors thought that was what had brought on my early labour,” said Jessica.
“It was a real shock and all our Christmas plans went out of the window - but my mum brought presents and dinner to the hospital.
“Ethan was so tiny that we were really worried we might lose him, but he’s proved that he’s a real wee fighter.”