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Singapore's first baby of 2014 born at the stroke of midnight

Averett Tan, the first-born son of Jacqueline Tan Meng Jun, 28, and Dr Adrian Sim Wee Beng, 35, was born at 12:00:00 am, Jan 1, 2014, on New Year's Day at Thomson Medical Centre. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
Averett Tan, the first-born son of Jacqueline Tan Meng Jun, 28, and Dr Adrian Sim Wee Beng, 35, was born at 12:00:00 am, Jan 1, 2014, on New Year's Day at Thomson Medical Centre. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
The first-born daughter of (right) Nur Asilah bte Al, 25, and Iswardy bin Ithnain, 27, was born at 12:01:00 am, Jan 1, 2014, on New Year's Day at Singapore General Hospital.  -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
The first-born daughter of (right) Nur Asilah bte Al, 25, and Iswardy bin Ithnain, 27, was born at 12:01:00 am, Jan 1, 2014, on New Year's Day at Singapore General Hospital.  -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
The first-born daughter of (right) Nur Asilah bte Al, 25, and Iswardy bin Ithnain, 27, was born at 12:01:00 am, Jan 1, 2014, on New Year's Day at Singapore General Hospital. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
The first-born daughter of (right) Nur Asilah bte Al, 25, and Iswardy bin Ithnain, 27, was born at 12:01:00 am, Jan 1, 2014, on New Year's Day at Singapore General Hospital. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
Singapore's first baby of 2014, Averett Sim, with his parents Jacqueline Tan and Dr Adrian Sim. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
Singapore's first baby of 2014, Averett Sim, with his parents Jacqueline Tan and Dr Adrian Sim. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

Singapore's first baby of 2014, a boy, was born at the stroke of midnight at Thomson Medical Centre. His name is Averett Sim.

"We chose the name because it stands for bravery and courage," said his father Dr Adrian Sim, 35, a general practitioner at Healthway Medical Group.

At least 10 excited family members were gathered in the waiting room to welcome Averett into the world. "The grandparents are very happy, especially my husband's parents because he is their first grandchild," said mother Jacqueline Tan, 28, a housewife.

She said that they had expected Averett to be delivered at about 2 am but were surprised that he came early.

Less than a minute after Averett's birth, Mr Iswardy Ithnain, 27, and Ms Nur Asilah Ali, 25, welcomed their yet-to-be-named daughter at the Singapore General Hospital.