Early arrival for Bunbury’s first baby for 2019

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
Gelorup mother Thi Nguyen is smitten with newborn son Alexander Huynh who was Bunbury Hospital’s first baby of 2019.
Camera IconGelorup mother Thi Nguyen is smitten with newborn son Alexander Huynh who was Bunbury Hospital’s first baby of 2019. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

Newborn Alexander Huynh is perhaps 2019’s biggest surprise yet, coming into the world 18 days early to be Bunbury’s first baby of the year.

Gelorup parents Thi Nguyen and Kevin Huynh were awake earlier than most on New Year’s Day when their third child could not wait any longer to join his siblings.

After surprising his parents at 6am on January 1, Alexander was born three hours later at Bunbury Hospital at 9.08am weighing just 3.17kg.

Ms Nguyen said the labour was scary at first but soon turned into a happy surprise.

“I was booked in for a C-section (caesarean section) on January 18, but I woke up in the morning and my water had broken,” Ms Nguyen said.

“We rushed to the hospital ... it was scary because I was worried and my doctor wasn’t here, but three hours later he was born and everything was good.”

Gelorup mother Thi Nguyen is smitten with newborn son Alexander Huynh who was Bunbury Hospital’s first baby of 2019.
Camera IconGelorup mother Thi Nguyen is smitten with newborn son Alexander Huynh who was Bunbury Hospital’s first baby of 2019. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

After a few pains throughout the pregnancy, Ms Nguyen said “as long as he is healthy, that’s the best thing”.

Ms Nguyen laughed at Alexander being Bunbury’s first baby of 2019, saying the prospect had never crossed her mind.

Bunbury Hospital doctors and nurses delivered three babies on New Year’s Day while one was born at St John of God Bunbury Hospital.

Alexander was set to join his sister Amelia, 2, and brother Andrew, 7, at home on Thursday.

It seems he was destined to join the world early after Ms Nguyen admitted Alexander kicked a lot throughout the pregnancy.

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