PHOTO SPECIAL: Kaddy Lee-Preston: First gorgeous pictures of star and daughter Albany
PUBLISHED: 17:49 19 December 2014
BBC South East Today weather presenter reveals her perfect gift
Television presenter Kaddy Lee Preston is celebrating her first Christmas as a mother after the birth of her daughter.
And as our exclusive photographs reveal, both are dazzling at this festive time of year (click on gallery link to the right of this story).
The 37-year-old weather presenter gave birth to Albany Rainbird Wilkinson at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford earlier this month.
Little Albany, who was five days over due, weighed a healthy 6lb 10oz and, as delighted mother Ms Lee-Preston revealed to Kent on Sunday the labour went as “well as can be expected”.
She explained: “We’ve bonded really quickly which is wonderful. You keep hearing of mothers who struggle with their children, but we hit it off immediately.
“We are all absolutely delighted.”
And given her meterological background, the middle name of Rainbird proved particularly fitting.
Explains the proud mum: “The middle name is her grandmother’s maiden name so it’s nice to have a weather theme.”
Now Ms Lee-Preston, her partner Oliver Wilkinson, 38, and little Albany, are looking forward to their first Christmas as a family.
“We can’t wait,” she explained. “All I’m hoping for is the chance to get a little sleep if I can. I’ve not had an awful lot so far, but I’m sure it will get better.”
Ms Lee-Preston shot to fame on BBC South East Today - presenting the weather on the TV news show. She also made appearances on BBC Radio Kent and BBC London.
As her fame grew, she also presented regional magazine programme Inside Out.
But in 2012 she decided to leave the BBC in order to pursue a freelance career. In addition to a host of public speaking appointments, she is also often still spotted on our TV screens as she continues to still do so some work for the BBC.
Her final public engagement was presenting the Kent on Sunday and Kent Life Food & Drink Awards in Maidstone.
All pictures of Kaddy and Albany by Arnaud Stephenson. For more images, see this weekend’s edition of Kent on Sunday.