When Sreyphea Chheang and Sambaph Kin went to Humber River Hospital at noon on December 31, they had little idea that their baby could be the first in the new year.
“Why not try to make the impossible happen?” Sreyphea said about the birth of her newborn.
Originally in the seat position, baby Maverick was scheduled to be turned around so Sreyphea could give birth. She began to experience mild contractions, which caused the doctors to give birth to the little boy via caesarean section. Maverick was then born exactly at midnight on January 1st.
Sreyphea, 36, was just as tired and tense after the birth. “I could not sleep, even though I am really exhausted. I just want to keep him. “
North of Toronto, in Vaughan, baby Amina was born at. 3:31 at Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital. Not only was she the hospital’s first baby of the year, she was the first baby born at the hospital since it opened in June 2021.
At eight pounds and 11.7 ounces, Amina Sabira Adel and Ahmed Elbeltagy’s are third children.
In Mississauga, nine minutes past midnight, baby Nathan was born to Anjali and Geril. Their eight-pound, four-ounce bundle of joy was born in the maternity suite at Credit Valley Hospital.
Both mother and baby are healthy and improving.
“Nathan means ‘gift of God’ (and) he is truly the greatest gift for us on New Year’s Day,” said Nathan’s father Geril. The family chose not to disclose their surnames.
In Milton, parents David and Samara Goldsworthy said hello to their second son, Brendan, just minutes after midnight.
Weighing in at eight pounds and 10 ounces after eight hours of birth, Brendan marked Halton’s first baby in 2022.
Pandemic restrictions meant Samara was unable to have her mother for childbirth and had to wear a mask. “It was definitely different,” she told the Milton Canadian Champion. “But the hospital staff was excellent.”
At Markham Stouffville Hospital, baby Ryder James Ang came into the world, a second after the clock struck 12.
Weighing in at six pounds and 14 ounces, Ryder is Toni and Raymond Ang’s second boy.
“Ryder’s big brother can not wait to meet his new little brother when they return home to Pickering,” the hospital said in a released statement.
In Oakville, baby Laila made her grand entrance just before 2 a.m. at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital.
Weighing in at seven pounds and 15 ounces, Laila surprised parents Christine Tabar-Cumby and Redgeway Cumby and arrived 10 days earlier than the expected due date.
“I’m pretty happy … it was definitely a surprise,” Christine said.
In Burlington, Zorawar Singh also decided to show up five days earlier than expected, at 5:41 a.m. Jan. 1 at Joseph Brant Hospital, and became Burlington’s first baby of the new year.
Baby Zorawar weighed six pounds and four ounces at birth and is doing well with mother Navjot Kaur.
With his family currently back in India – including Zorawar’s father Jagdeep Singh – Navjot was particularly grateful for the extra care.
“Everything went smoothly. She (Navjot) was really brave,” said midwife Emma Graham.
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