A Darlaston woman has given birth and started to raise her first child while waiting in line at IKEA.
After Helena Churchill and partner David Lomax loaded their shopping trolley with their bargain Sniglar Cot they headed to the checkout where they were surprised to see 15 aisles with an average of 125 customers waiting to pay.
“At first I said to David, let’s just leave the trolley behind and come back on another day. But he insisted that we wait saying it wouldn’t take too long.”
The couple then joined different queues in an attempt to get to the tills more quickly, but to no avail. It was then that Helena’s water’s broke and she delivered a 9lb baby boy after ten hours in labour.
Now, almost nine months later he is taking his first steps towards the check out. “He’s developing very quickly,” said Helena “He’s got a lovely collection of Klappar Cirkus toys and the staff here have been very good helping us to assemble his own little nursery right here in the queue.”
IKEA’s own in-store health visitor has however raised concerns over his diet of Godis Skum marshmallows and Kycklingbullar Med Ost chicken meatballs with cheese.
Fellow shopper, Craig O’Brien who helped to clean up at the birth with his new Lödder mop and Hären bath towel said, “I’m delighted that Helena and Brian have asked me to be godfather to little Glögg. But I am really looking forward to getting home to my partner Adam sometime in the near future. In fact I’m hoping that gay marriage may be legalised by the time we all get out as I’d like them both to be guests of honour at our wedding.”