Of all the places you could give birth, Legoland’s maybe not the place you’d pick. But it hasn’t turned out too badly for Janine Atkinson: her baby Lucas is now the proud owner of a free lifetime pass to the theme park!
When Janine started feeling contractions, she was told that they were probably just Braxton Hicks (also known as false labour). But at 4 days overdue, the mum-of-3 decided to head straight to the hospital instead.
Janine and her husband Daniel were en route to Wexham Park Hospital in Slough when they realised they weren’t going to make it in time. “I knew we weren’t going to get to the hospital in time, and we were in a flap because we didn’t know what road we were on,” she says. “I knew Legoland was nearby, so I told my husband to head there.”
When the couple pulled into the Windsor theme park, staff called an ambulance. But, before the medics could do anything, Lucas Francis Atkinson was born – in the car park – at 8.30pm on Sunday.
“Going into Legoland about to give birth is so surreal, I just kept laughing,” says Janine, whose other children are aged 4, 6 and 8. “I thought, if I keep laughing, I’ll get through it. All my friends say, ‘This could only happen to you!'”
And new dad Daniel’s the first to agree that the birthing venue was a bit unusual. “It was bizarre being in LegoLand,” he says. “We had been expecting the ambulance to take us to hospital but, as my wife got up to get in, they said the baby was coming.”
Now – brilliantly – Lucas’ birth certificate records his place of birth as ‘Legoland Windsor’. And, in celebration of Lucas’s birth, the staff at Legoland have offered the baby a lifetime annual pass to the park. “We wanted to say a huge congratulations to the Atkinson family, who welcomed the very first Legoland Windsor baby into the world over the Bank Holiday weekend,” a spokesman for Legoland said.
Lets hope he grows up to like Lego!
Photos: Facebook / Janine Atkinson