WELCOME TO DALBY AMUDHA
Amudha means ‘lively and sweet’, an easy choice
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.
HELLO AMUDHA: Sony and Raj Malayil welcomed their first daughter this year and say they’re “in heaven”.