Granddad slept like a baby as tiny Thomas was born in the bathroom

Men are often criticised for sleeping soundly while their baby is crying.

But Norfolk man Bob Wright took it one step further - he snoozed peacefully while his wife Sue was delivering their first grandchild in the room next door.

There was no shortage of noise and commotion as Mrs Wright played midwife to 39-year-old Emma Wright as she gave birth to tiny son Thomas.

But, with his hearing aid out, the first 69-year-old Mr Wright knew about the new arrival was when his wife burst into their bedroom, gave him a cup of tea and told him: 'You've got a grandson'.

The drama was played out at Mr and Mrs Wright's bungalow in Northrepps, near Cromer.

Mr Wright, who ran East Runton Post Office with his wife for 30 years until 2000, said: 'We got to the evening and Emma was making a bit of noise. We rang the hospital and they said because it was a first-time baby it wouldn't be here for ages.

'I went to bed, took out my hearing aid and went to sleep, but the next thing they knew she was having the baby on the bathroom floor. Sue got on the phone to the hospital and they talked her through it.

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'The first I knew about it was when Sue came in with a cup of tea and said 'you are a granddad and it's a boy'.'

Mrs Wright said the last time she had anything to do with childbirth was when she had her youngest child, Kelly, 34 years ago.

She said: 'The hospital said Emma would be ages before she had the baby and told her to take paracetamol and have a bath. She went into the bathroom and showered. I got in the chair and put my feet up and sent Bob to bed.

'But she had the baby within two hours. I was screaming down the phone for the ambulance, but Emma was brilliant, really calm.'

Grandma delivered her first grandchild, cleaned Thomas up and gave him to mum, then the ambulance came and the paramedics took over before taking Emma and 6lb 4oz Thomas to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (N&N).

She added: 'It was a bit of a shock, but the drama is over now and he's lovely.'

Emma said: 'He is my first baby, so I wasn't really sure what was happening. I was standing in the shower thinking 'ouch, ouch'. Then I was suddenly aware that I could feel his head.

'I dropped onto the floor and mum called 999. We were expecting mum to have to drive me into hospital, but that didn't happen.'

She said she was 'happy to be at home' when it happened in the early hours of September 7, and thanked a paramedic called Michael for his help when the ambulance arrived.

Emma added: 'It was an exhilarating and terrifying experience. But once I got home from the hospital I was absolutely fine. He is a beautiful boy.'