Newborn at SMH is Surrey’s New Year’s baby

SURREY — Surrey’s New Year’s baby made his debut to the world just an hour and a half into 2015.

The boy, who was born at 1:27 a.m. on Thursday morning, was born to Jaswal and Jaspal Minhas at Surrey Memorial Hospital. That came after the first New Year’s baby in the province was born to Darlene Henley at White Rock’s Peace Arch Hospital five seconds after midnight.

Jaswal said the couple had not named the baby yet, and when the Now came to visit the happy family at the hospital, she was running on just one hour of sleep.

“I was just at SMH for a bloodtest. I had a little protein running in my blood, and so I was just here for monitoring him,” the mother revealed, although she knew she was due to give birth on Jan. 1.

“They decided that even if they induced me for labour it might take a little while,” she told the Now, revealing that she had a caesarian.

“It’s true that I didn’t know it was going to happen, but when the doctor was here and was giving me a check up in the morning, he jokingly just said ‘Oh you might be the first one to have a New Year’s baby.’ When he came and did the surgery I said, ‘You weren’t joking, you planned that!’”

The boy is now a brother to the Minhas’ daughter, Sehja, who is five-years-old.

“She (Sehja) came yesterday afternoon, she was so excited. She was already obsessed about him; not letting him touch, even when the nurse came to give him a bath, she was kind of scared that she might hurt him, (asking) ‘Why is she giving him a bath with cold water? Why is she giving a bath with the hot water?’”

Dad Jaspal said it was comical that their daughter was so excited, too.

“She was really happy, she wanted to hold him, she then came and sat on the chair and she wanted to hold him on her lap,” he said.

The couple said they did not know they would be having a boy, and as of yet, are not planning for a third child.

“That’s our little story, and actually it was quite funny for us,” Jaswal said with a laugh.

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