SINGAPORE - The first baby to be born in the Lunar New Year of the Goat in Singapore arrived at 1.47am on Thursday morning.
The Straits Times reported that Ms Ng Ling Siew gave birth to 2.98kg Nicodemus Baey in Raffles Hospital. She did not, however, expect her baby to be the first baby to be born in the Year of the Goat.
The 34-year-old housewife had seen her doctor at the hospital on Wednesday morning after having contractions but was advised to return later that night.
She told The Straits Times: "The doctor was expecting that the baby would probably come at about 2am.
"We weren't really expecting to be the first (to deliver a baby in the new year) because it was way past midnight," she said.
Ms Ng and her IT executive husband Mr Dean Baey, 34, have two other children, Nathan and Noah, aged five and three respectively.
Homegrown giftmaker RISIS presented the Baey family with $1,300 worth of gifts as part of its 11th anniversary.
The family received a gift package comprising $888 in cash, a brooch as well as a hand-crafted 24 carat gold-plated Wealth Goat sculpture.
RISIS has maintained its 'Gift of Hope' tradition since its introduction in 2006, when an education endowment plan was presented to the first born baby of the Lunar New Year along with a set of zodiac animal figurines of the respective calendar year.
The education endowment plan was later changed to a cash gift to allow recipients to best decide on how to use their rewards.
In a statement to the press, Ms Wee Swee Poh, CEO of BP de Silva Holdings (parent company of RISIS) said:
"It is with such pleasure for RISIS to celebrate this blessed occasion with the new family by offering a cash gift and a Goat Zodiac Sculpture to symbolise good luck & fortune to the family and their new bundle of joy."
While the family did not realise Nicodemus was the first baby to be born on Chinese New Year, Ms Ng sees it as a "pleasant surprise".
On their newborn's name, Ms Ng said the name was chosen with hope that Nicodemus will grow up to be "a man of strength and grace."