It’s a boy.
Or at least, the first two babies born in 2023 in Surrey and White Rock were both male, with the first being born at 2:45 a.m. on Jan. 1 at Surrey Memorial Hospital.
Parents Simranjit Kaur and Maninder Singh Waraich, along with their five-year-old daughter, eagerly welcomed new son and sibling Ruhdav Singh Waraich.
“We’re good. Mom is good. They’re fine now,” Maninder said Monday, while his wife and new son were resting.
“Now it’s time for lots of sleep.”
Weighing in at 3,050 grams, or six pounds, 12 ounces, the boy is healthy and that makes everyone happy, he said.
While he and his wife had planned for a natural birth, during her labour, it was decided a C-section was necessary, but she is recovering well.
While the first baby of 2023 was born at 12:02 a.m. at Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre, the birth of Maninder’s son was the first in Surrey in 2023, according to Fraser Health.
Gabriella Louise Camayan – weighing five pounds, 10 ounces – was born at 12:02 a.m. Sunday (Jan. 1) Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre to parents Arben Camayan and Thea Villaneuva.
“Congratulations to the family!” the B.C. government said in a tweet.
There was also a New Year’s Day birth at Peace Arch Hospital, where a baby boy was born at 3:33 p.m on Jan. 1.
Weighing in at 3,810 grams, or eight pounds, seven ounces, the boy was the Peninsula’s first baby of 2023.
Mom Kelly Hanson was still figuring out what to name her new son, who has a three-and-a-half-year-old brother, Kaden.
“I really liked Bode before he came out. Now, I’m not sure…I have a few names. Oliver is a top contender,” she said from the hospital.
Kaden is happy about having a younger brother “most of the time,” Hanson said, noting, “he really wanted a baby sister.”
She was recovering after an unplanned C-section – while the baby wasn’t in danger, her labour wasn’t progressing after several hours and it was thought that it was better to get him out, she explained.
Having grown up in the South Surrey and White Rock area, she’s happy to have a lot of help from her parents, who are proud grandparents, Hanson said.
As for herself?
“I’m ecstatic to be a boy Mom!” she said.