BUNDLES OF JOY: It was an auspicious day for babies delivered on Sept 16
KUALA LUMPUR: THE storks were kept busy on Malaysia Day with special deliveries to hospitals in and around the Klang Valley as many excited parents welcomed their bundles of joy as the nation celebrated its 49th birthday on Sunday.
In USJ 9, Subang Jaya, first-time parents Poh Lai Kiat and Cathryn Wong See Mee were thrilled to welcome their son on such a happy occasion.
Weighing in at 3.1kg, their baby boy was born at 9.04am at QHC Medical Centre. Asked for their comments, Wong said she was relieved that everything went well after more than 30 hours in labour.
"We are also excited to welcome our first-born. My due date was supposed to be Sept 26 but we are happy the stork decided to deliver our baby on Malaysia Day," Wong, a 29-year-old customer service executive, said.
The boy's father, who had not slept a wink since his wife went into labour on the eve of Malaysia Day, had only one word to describe the experience: "Tired". Asked if he had decided on the baby's name, the 32-year-old assistant sales and marketing manager said they were still thinking about it.
The couple's child was one of two Malaysia Day babies delivered at the medical centre.
At Sunway Medical Centre, in Petaling Jaya, five babies were born as at 4.10pm on Sunday. The first were born at 12.15am, followed by 9.46am, 11am, 1.52pm and 3.19pm.
Among them were Goh Choon Zhee and Lai Hoh Yee who had baby girls while Ng Kel-Synn delivered a bouncy baby boy.
Sunway Medical Centre congratulated the new mothers by presenting them with a gift.
At Hospital Kuala Lumpur, the storks delivered three babies, two girls and a boy, as the first three Malaysia Day babies.
The first baby was a girl weighing 3.2kg who arrived via natural delivery at 12:06am, to the delight of her parents. "My due date was supposed to be on Sept 15, but I guess my baby wanted to celebrate her birthday with the whole nation," said a beaming Norfadilah Alias.
The second baby girl, weighing 2.9kg, was delivered at 1:07am. Her mother, Maisarah Homaidi , initially didn't think much about the significance of having a Malaysia Day baby, as she was not expecting to deliver on Sept 16.
The third baby, a boy, weighing a healthy 3.3kg, completed the happy family of Indah Taib and Mohamad Azhar Baharudin.
"My husband and I are very happy. We intentionally planned to have a baby in dual celebration of Malaysia Day and our first wedding anniversary. Our wishes have come true," she said.
By 11am, HKL had delivered six Malaysia Day babies.
Meanwhile, in celebration of Malaysia Day and Malaysia Day babies this year, diaper brand Pet Pet showered more than 1,000 mothers whose babies were born on Malaysia Day in 49 public and private hospitals nationwide with a special Pet Pet Malaysia Day Gift Pack.
Kuan Mun Jen, head of marketing of Disposable Soft Goods, the manufacturer of Pet Pet, said: "Pet Pet wants to join in the festivities by celebrating Malaysia Day babies as well. Welcoming a new life into the world is always a joyous occasion but celebrating newborns on the day that Malaysia was formed is significant. Hence, our exclusive Pet Pet gift pack to mothers and their newborn today."