A NEW baby is a special time for anyone, but for Elidih Marshall from near Duns, the recent arrival of little Carys saw her family expand out to five generations.
Born on November 5, and weighing in at 8lbs 11ozs, Carys - a first child for Eilidh and builder Trystan Jones - is the great-great-grand-daughter of Mary Veitch, now 87 and a resident of Yetholm.
Her daughter and Carys’ great-grandmother is Jeanette Wichary, who lives in Roxburgh with husband, Jim. Their daughter and Elidih’s mum and a new granny herself, is Dawn Marshall, who also lives just outside Duns, with husband, Adam.
Prior to Carys’ birth, mum-to-be Eilidh - who is currently on maternity leave from her job with the VisitScotland tourist information centre in Kelso - and family were getting a little bit anxious as to when the new family member was going to make an appearance.
“We were all a bit anxious because she was 12 days overdue,” said Elidih, during a break in last week’s celebrations to mark Carys’ first visit to the home of her great-gran and grandad at Roxburgh.
“I ended up being induced but it was still another four days before Carys arrived after an emergency C-section (Caesarian operation),” Elidih added.
Great-granny Jeannette says all the family is over the moon. “It’s just great having Carys here. It’s just wonderful.”
It now means that Mary can now boast her first great-great-grandchild to add to her already 17 great-grandchildren, 11 grandchildren and five children.
“It’s very good. It’s sometimes a bit tricky keeping track of everyone’s birthdays but the rest of the family always keep me right!” she laughed.