Yet despite the stress of having to swap pink for blue, the couple are thrilled to have a baby boy to start their family. Their friends, too, took to Facebook to congratulate the new parents. Mandy Townsend wrote, “Sarah, many congrats he is gorgeous, well done to you all.”
Since Joseph’s surprising birth, the family have celebrated many more milestones. In October 2013 Sharples posted a photo of the baby in church, dressed in his white baptism robes. And in December the same year Joseph celebrated his first Christmas by meeting Santa Claus.