Millennium baby Jade Wharam turns into a teen
SHE was one of East Yorkshire's first Millennium babies.
Today, Jade Wharam turns 13.
Mum Dawn recalls fireworks exploding in the sky as she was waiting for the arrival of her baby in the old Hedon Road Hospital.
"I didn't want to know the sex of the baby before but I was chuffed to bits when they said it was a girl," said Dawn.
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"I just thought about all the shopping trips we could go on together.
"She is a very girly girl. On one of the first times in the supermarket I took her to the toys but she wasn't interested. She grabbed a handbag off the shelf and wouldn't let go, so I bought that instead – I still have it at home."
Jade was born at 4.02am on January 1, 2000. The family were living in Withernsea at the time but have since moved to nearby Patrington.
As far as Dawn knows, only two babies were born in the region before Jade – twins born by Caesarian section in Cottingham.
Today Jade will become a teenager, and has already set herself a goal for 2013.
She said: "I want to enter the Miss Teen of East Yorkshire modelling competition.
"I'm really into make-up, clothes and fashion. I'd like to have my own shop and, if I do a degree, I'd like to study design or something similar."
Jade will have friends and family round to celebrate today. Later in the week, she will go out for a meal with friends to mark turning 13.
Dawn said: "She likes to go out with her friends now. She doesn't want parties like when she was little.
"She acts more like a 21-year-old sometimes."
Jade was actually due on Boxing Day but arrived almost a week later.
Years before she learned she was pregnant, Dawn was told it was likely she would never have children.
She said: "I was told my fallopian tubes were blocked so I'd be very lucky if I did ever get pregnant.
"Thinking you can't have children one day to being told you're pregnant the next was unbelievable."
Dawn and her partner Noel were delighted at the news.
And it didn't come as a surprise that Jade was six days late.
Dawn said: "Boxing Day came and went and everyone was laughing and joking saying she won't come until the Millennium.
"She'd waited to come along all those years, so she obviously wanted to wait a bit longer. She just wanted to arrive at the right time."