KUCHING: Fatimah Saidi never expected that her precious bundle of joy would be born on Malaysia Day.
The 37-year-old housewife from Kampung Segedup here was originally due to give birth last Sunday, but as fate would have it, her baby boy was delivered at 12.36am on Sept 16 at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH).
Weighing at 2.58kg, Fatimah’s baby was also the first to be born at the hospital on this historic day.
“This is my sixth child; my husband, Hamka Bahir and I are very happy and proud to be able to celebrate not only Malaysia Day every Sept 16, but also our youngest child’s birthday,” she said when met at the maternity ward after being presented with a gift hamper courtesy of Mydin Mohamed Holdings Bhd (Mydin) yesterday.
Fatimah was among 16 recipients who received the gifts from Mydin in celebration of Malaysia Day.
Meanwhile for Sri Utami Hepni Abdullah, 26, and her husband Assrin Abdul Kadir, 28, Malaysia Day would forever be remembered as the day their first child was born.
“We felt all kinds of emotions with the arrival of our baby girl … happy, touched, excited,” said Assrin, who witnessed his daughter being delivered at 1.14am in the delivery room.
The young couple was not expecting their firstborn to arrive earlier than the initial due date of Sept 17 this year.
“In fact, my wife was warded at SGH on Friday and somehow, she started having contractions around 11.30pm yesterday (Sunday).
“By then, we were hoping that maybe our baby might have a chance to be born on Malaysia Day and thank God, she was born at 1.14am, weighing a healthy 2.9kg,” said the administrative assistant, who hails from Terengganu.
Asked on whether they had thought of a name for their first child, Assrin and his wife said they had yet to decide.
“But I’m leaning towards naming her after my favourite flower, ‘Bunga Seroja’, so maybe ‘seroja’ will be one of her names,” said Sri Utami, who hails from Bintulu and is a teacher at SMK Penrissen here.
The couple expressed their hope to see their baby girl grow up and become a responsible and caring citizen, filled with patriotism and love for the country.
As at 9am yesterday, SGH recorded a total of 16 Malaysia Day babies.