PROUD parents Chris and Joanne Mawson have made the War of the Roses a real family affair.
The pair live in Huddersfield – but their baby son Daniel Rohan has been born in Lancashire.
Chris, who grew up in Bradford, and Joanne, from Blackpool, welcomed their first baby into the world at Royal Preston Hospital on Valentine’s Day.
The pair had been enjoying a break in the Lake District, three weeks before Joanne’s due date, when she fell ill and they left early to return home to Huddersfield.
They never made it, as Joanne became so ill they had to rush to the A & E department at the Preston hospital.
Joanne, 33, said: “The white and the red for us is really comical.
“I’d had a few twinges when we’ve been out and about and Chris has said ‘don’t you dare have this baby in Lancashire!’
“We’ve joked about it.We were fully prepared but never once thought it would happen over the weekend.
“It’s great but I’m just so glad he’s here. It was the most amazing Valentine’s Day.”
The pair, who have been married for three years, were travelling down the M6 on Saturday when they decided to go to the nearest A&E.
Joanne went into labour at around midnight, just hours after Chris had been sent 55 miles home.
She said: “In the end, because I’d had 13 really strong contractions in a row, the midwife let me ring him.”
Chris, 47, who works in social care, said: “I was really excited and I just got in the car and drove.
“When I arrived, I came out of the lift just as she was coming out of the ward to go to the delivery suite.”
Daniel was born at 11.26am on Sunday and is the couple’s first child, although Chris also has a daughter.
The couple were overjoyed when Joanne fell pregnant after being told they would not be able to conceive naturally.
Joanne said: “I’m a Christian, Chris isn’t, but I just believed that God would give us a child when it was right.
“Chris just believed it would happen if it was right for us.
“When we found out in June that we were, it was just an absolute miracle. It was amazing.”
Chris joked: “Officially he’s a Lancashire lad, there’s nothing I can do about it.
“But it doesn’t really matter where he was born.”
A bonus of the Lancashire birth is that Joanne’s parents have been able to visit regularly from Blackpool as well as her sister from Eaves Green, Chorley.
After a straightforward labour, Daniel had to be treated with antibiotics and a UV light for jaundice.
The family is now waiting for test results before they will be allowed home.
Joanne added: “We’re looking forward to getting home.
“I can’t fault anybody here, they’ve been absolutely amazing. I’m just totally overwhelmed by the whole thing and just so grateful.”