Red Deer’s first baby of 2020 born just after midnight

Red Deer’s first baby of 2020 was born not too long after the clock struck midnight.

The little girl who arrived at 12:04 a.m. at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre weighed seven pounds, two ounces.

Mother Dilumi Kurugamage, said the baby was not due until Jan. 3.

Both mother and father Naveen Dias stopped by at the Red Deer hospital Tuesday afternoon for some tests before the baby was scheduled to arrive.

And right at the hospital, the mother went into labour.

“Happy it’s done,” said the mother, with a chuckle.

Now that the baby is here, the family couldn’t be happier and almost-four-year-old Kyle Dias would have someone to play with.

Kurugamage said that was one of the main reasons to grow the family, so Kyle would have a sibling to share life with.

“Two was the plan,” she said.

“She looked just like him (Kyle) when she was born.”

The Red Deer mother said being in labour was easier the second time, for about six hours, compared to when Kyle was born, during which time she was in labour for about 18 hours.

The father said the baby is active, and only cries when she is hungry.

“And as soon as she is fed, she goes back to sleep,” Naveen said.

Originally from Sri Lanka, the Red Deer couple were waiting to hear back from astrology experts from back home to determine the name of the new born. The duo explained the baby name, as is tradition, is chosen based on time of birth.

“Back where we’re from, they (experts) give you four to five initial letters based on birth time so we’re waiting for that,” the father said.

The child is named using the initial letter or the alphabet provided by the astrology experts to bring good fortune for the baby for the rest of its life, the parents explained.

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