He may have only been an hour old but a Northampton newborn played a pivotal part in getting his parents engaged – by donning a t-shirt asking his mummy to ‘marry daddy’.
Jaime Cox and her beau Gary Cullum of Trisham Green, Duston, became parents to baby Finley at 3.39pm on Saturday.
But dad Gary, a businessman with his own shopfitting firm, had been planning a surprise long before the due date.
When Nationwide worker Jaime took a shower shortly after giving birth to the healthy baby boy, Gary seized the opportunity to dress tiny Finley with a specially made t-shirt carrying the words “Mummy will you marry my daddy?”
Then when Jaime returned to see the baby, she turned round to see dad Gary on one knee, cradling an engagement ring.
Thankfully for new father, the answer was ‘yes’.
I was just so shocked, I wasn’t expecting a proposal so soon - all the midwives said it’s the first time anyone had done anything like thisJaime Cox
Jaime said: “All the midwives had congregated in the doorway to watch, there must have been about seven or eight people there.
“I was just so shocked, I wasn’t expecting a proposal so soon - all the midwives said it’s the first time anyone had done anything like this.
“The timing was perfect. We had just had a little baby together, and now we are getting married, it just completes our little family unit.”
Jaime, 35, who has two other children from a previous relationship, and Gary, 33, first met on a dating website two years ago and a share a love of bingo.
They are yet to set a wedding date but are already searching for venues.
According to Jaime her husband-to-be is no stranger to a spot of showmanship as the big karaoke fan can often be seen giving renditions of Westlife and Lonestar songs.