WEL­COME TO DALBY AMUDHA

Amudha means ‘lively and sweet’, an easy choice

Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

MEET Amudha El­iz­a­beth Malayil, the first baby born in Dalby this year.

The baby girl was born on Jan­uary 2 at 10.35am and her par­ents, Sony and Raj, are on cloud nine.

“We’re in heaven,” Mr Malayil said smil­ing at his daugh­ter.

“She’s healthy and happy, that’s a good sign.”

The cou­ple, which mar­ried in 2012, have only lived in Dalby for one month, and were so ex­cited to meet their baby girl.

Amudha was due on De­cem­ber 31 but ar­rived two days later via C-sec­tion.

The name Amudha, which means “lively” and “sweet” was an easy choice for the cou­ple.

“Her first name I’ve known for a long time,” Mr Malayil said.

“Her first name was cho­sen be­fore 2009: It’s been in my mind for a long time.”

While the Malay­ils were mar­ried in Aus­tralia in 2012, they cel­e­brated with a sec­ond cer­e­mony in In­dia in 2017. They be­gan try­ing to con­ceive shortly af­ter the sec­ond cer­e­mony.

The cou­ple were try­ing to con­ceive for about 12 months but the preg­nancy still came as a sur­prise.

“I was in Toowoomba and was do­ing a Bach­e­lor of Nurs­ing,” Mrs Malayil said.

“I went to my res­i­den­tial school and was feel­ing a bit tired so I thought I’d check but I was sure.

“We were try­ing for a long time and we were expecting ev­ery month that we would fall preg­nant, ev­ery month.

“But it didn’t hap­pen like that.

“The last check was un­ex­pected.”

Amudha is the Malay­ils first child but they would love to have more chil­dren in the fu­ture.

Mr Malayil, who only has one brother, would like to have a big fam­ily.

As an only child her­self, Mrs Malayil is happy to have a big fam­ily too.

“His limit is like, eight,” Mrs Malayil said.

“But we’ve dropped it down to five. The first thing he said when we met was ‘I want eight kids’.”

As for the ex­tended fam­ily, Raj’s brother will travel from Can­berra to meet his new niece.

Sony’s mother and fa­ther were in Dalby shortly af­ter Amudha’s birth and got to meet the new­born early.

Amudha was par­tic­u­larly spe­cial as her fa­ther, Raj, cel­e­brated his birth­day just two days af­ter her birth.

“To­day’s my birth­day so I was telling her I don’t want her to come any ear­lier or later, I wanted her on the same date,” Mr Malayil said.

“He was telling me, ‘can you hold un­til the fourth of Jan­uary?’,” Mrs Malayil said.

“I said I’ll try.”

For now, the Malay­ils are en­joy­ing ev­ery minute of life with their new lit­tle girl.

“We weren’t ner­vous about any­thing,” Mrs Malayil said.

“We just wanted to see her face healthy and happy.”

Her first name was cho­sen be­fore 2009: It’s been in my mind for a long time.

PHOTO: MEG GAN­NON

HELLO AMUDHA: Sony and Raj Malayil wel­comed their first daugh­ter this year and say they’re “in heaven”.

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