By Mike Pearson, News staff
Ten-year-old Suraj Samineni has the little sister he’s always wanted. Mother Prathima and father Vilas have their long awaited baby girl after welcoming newborn Siri into the world.
Born at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton on Jan. 1 at 6:41 a.m., Siri is the first baby of 2014 born to a Stoney Creek family in a Hamilton hospital.
Siri weighed in at a healthy seven pounds, three ounces following her delivery by Caesarian section. Both mother and baby and doing well.
Siri is named after the Hindi word for prosperity. She was born three days after her initial Dec. 29 due date.
“I’ve been waiting for a daughter for a very long time,” said Vilas, who works as a senior manager of food safety for grocery retailer Metro Ont. Inc.
It’s been a smooth transition for the family so far, thanks to Dr. Margot Loosely-Millman and the staff at St. Joseph’s.
“(Siri’s) sleeping well. She only cries when she’s hungry,” said Prathima, who is a registered physiotherapist.
While he’s not volunteering to change any diapers, big brother Suraj calls Siri his little New Year’s present. When asked what he likes best about having a little sister, he replies, “spending time with her.”
After moving to Canada from India in 2002, the family initially settled in Brampton before moving to Stoney Creek in 2008.
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton’s women’s and infants’ program is the busiest birthing centre in the region, delivering 3,600 babies per year, which accounts for 51per cent of all babies born in Hamilton.
The hospital includes a 15-bed, level II special care nursery that cares for close to 600 babies annually who require special attention and care during their first few weeks.