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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Border TV Courtnay’s joy at baby boy Ellis

The new man in her life:  Courtnay McLeod and husband Neil with son Ellis

By Pam McClounie

BORDER TV presenter Courtnay McLeod has given birth to a baby boy – Ellis David Kearsley Hay.

The Lookaround presenter and her husband Neil are “utterly besotted” with their new son who was born weighing 7lb 10oz on March 4.

Courtnay said: “I can’t take my eyes off Ellis because he’s so gorgeous. I know every parent thinks the same thing about their baby. Neil and I have talked for years about what it would be like to have a baby but now he’s actually here we can’t quite believe it. I am so happy – almost drunk with happiness.”

The name Ellis was suggested by Courtnay’s cousin after the couple couldn’t find a name they both agreed on. David is the name of Courtnay’s father and Kearsley is her late grandfather’s surname.

“The Border TV viewers have been really kind and have sent clothes and blankets that they’ve knitted for him along with cuddly toys. It’s amazing the amount of love and interest a baby can bring,” she said.

Newsreader Courtnay admits that the downside is that the couple are still trying to get to grips with the demands of a newborn.

She said: “I look horrendous – if I manage to get in the shower before lunchtime it’s a miracle. But I wouldn’t have it any other way because now we’ve got Ellis everything seems to make perfect sense.”

Courtnay hopes to return to the Border TV screens in the autumn.

The couple tied the knot in their home city of Edinburgh on May Day last year, five years after meeting in a nightclub.

Colleagues from the Border TV newsroom, including fellow presenters Fiona Armstrong and Tim Backshall, were among 250 revellers at their reception who danced the night away at a grand country house, complete with peacocks in the garden. The couple spent their honeymoon in Brazil and Argentina.

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