Couple's first could be first in 2016 for Singapore

Couple's first could be first in 2016 for Singapore
Father Tan Nan An and mother Chen Yi Feng, both 30 with their first child, Evan.
PHOTO: The Straits Times

The couple's first child could be the nation's first of 2016.

At the stroke of midnight on Jan 1, Mr Tan Nan An and Ms Chen Yi Feng, both 30, welcomed their son Evan - weighing 2.7kg - at Thomson Medical Centre.

The first babies of 2015 and 2014 were also born in the hospital.

"I was surprised that he's the first New Year baby," said Ms Chen, a dental operations manager. "I'm very happy that my son is joining everyone for the New Year celebrations."

Evan had been due to arrive on Jan 9 and his birth lasted seven hours.

"The pain during labour is one thing that all the mothers will go through, so I really salute all the mothers that go through it without the (epidural) injections," she said.

"But I think the baby's first cry was very touching."

The couple married 11/2 years ago and Mr Tan, a support manager in a bank's investment department, recalled being moved when he felt and saw his son kicking inside his wife's belly.

"We just hope that he continues to be a healthy baby," he said. "Everything else, we'll just let nature take its course."

Asked if they plan to have more children, Mr Tan said: "I think we plan to have another one."

But given the pain, Ms Chen joked: "I want to reconsider."

While they may not have received the SG50 Baby Jubilee gift set given to Singaporean children born in 2015, babies born this year at Thomson Medical get a travel bag filled with essential items such as napkins, body wipes and skincare products.

Less than a minute after Evan's birth, at least two other babies were born - at Mount Alvernia Hospital and Parkway East Hospital.

Newborns herald birth of a new year

Several couples welcomed new additions to their families yesterday, as the rest of the country ushered in the new year. The Straits Times looks at some of the babies born on Jan 1, 2016.

PARKWAY EAST HOSPITAL

WHO: Tyrus Yeo, boy

WEIGHT: 3.159kg

WHEN: Nine seconds past midnight

PARENTS: Assistant sales and marketing manager Jeremy Yeo, 25, and housewife Bernadette Yeo, 24

SIBLINGS: Sisters Naomi, five and Rykiel, one.

"We hope that he will always be strong and healthy, and bring us more surprises in life," said Mrs Yeo.

MOUNT ALVERNIA HOSPITAL

WHO: Boston Soon Yuan Hao, boy

WEIGHT: 2.9kg

WHEN: Seconds after midnight

PARENTS: Property consultant Terence Soon, 40, and housewife Ong Soo Juan, 33.

SIBLINGS: Brother Bosco, four, and sister Shanice, seven.

"My expected delivery date was Jan 6, but I guess the little one decided to arrive early for the year," said Ms Ong.

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

WHO: Boy, yet to be named

WEIGHT: 3.4kg

WHEN: 1.30am

PARENTS: Engineer Wong Joe Jiun, 38, and card dealer Yang Guang, 31.

"I am very happy that my son is born this year and am also thankful that both mother and child are healthy," said Mr Wong.


This article was first published on Jan 2, 2016.
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