01/01/2010 20:27 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Mum Gives Birth, Then Serves Up Christmas Dinner An Hour Later

A woman from Cornwall has put the rest of us to shame by cooking Christmas dinner, nipping off to have a baby, and then coming back an hour later to serve the meal.

Paula Thomas, 29, started having contractions on Christmas Day but carried on basting the turkey and preparing the vegetables.

When the baby started getting imminent, she popped off to the hospital, gave birth to her daughter Lexi and then came back an hour later to serve up lunch for eight.

The baby was Paula's fourth so she clearly takes it all in her stride.

She told the Express that the birth went so smoothly she thought she might as well go home and enjoy her Christmas meal.

"I really wanted my Christmas dinner – I was starving," she said.

"I'd prepared most of it before I went into labour, so everything was in the oven and ready to go before I left.

"No one could believe that I had come out so quickly and at 3pm we all toasted Lexi and then got stuck into lunch.

"Everything went really well. Lexi was born and I was back to serve the meal an hour later. It was quite surreal."

Lexi is a new sister for three-year-old Reece and six-year-olds Caitlin and Gabby, who were born in the same year but are not twins. That's keen.

Her husband Damian says Paula is "the best mum in the world".

He told the Express: "Paula is brilliant. To take care of the Christmas dinner and the birth of our child at the same time is incredible.

"I have a lot of respect for her – she must be the best mum in the world. She really is one in a million."

Paula had been preparing the Christmas meal since 4am, which seems a bit bonkers in itself.

What do you think? Is she a supermum or just a bit daft?

Source: Daily Express