AS HIS proud parents cradle him in their arms, tiny bundle of joy Sameer is completely unaware that he was the first baby to be born in Leeds in 2014.
Bouncing baby Sameer was welcomed into the world 33 minutes into New Year’s Day – a whole week before he was expected to arrive – at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI).
For first-time dad Baz, it’s been an extra special start to the year.
He said: “It is fantastic. We had no idea he would be on his way on New Year’s Eve.”
The New Year is now a double celebration for parents Anna and Baz Rashed, who got engaged in Scotland at midnight on New Year’s Eve four years ago.
IT manager Baz, 33, from Moortown, said: “Anna was wanting [the birth] to be over with as soon as possible and it wasn’t a particularly long labour – around eight hours.
“Anna is doing very well and looking lovely, but she wouldn’t believe that when I told her.”
He added: “She did really, really well and we had a lovely midwife called Jen, who was fantastic.
“Anna was also born in the Clarendon Wing as well, so it is pretty special.”
Sameer Muhammed Rashed arrived at 12.33am on New Year’s Day, weighing just over 6lbs 2oz.
New mum Anna, 28, works in administration at the University of Leeds.
Speaking about the birth, Anna told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “It was quite out of the blue. But for Sameer to be the first baby born in Leeds in 2014 is really good.”
She added: “Baz has been fantastic and really supportive and Sameer is gorgeous.”
Sally Rawson is a senior midwife at the LGI.
She said: “We had three babies born between midnight and us coming in at 7am on New Year’s Day.”
Sally added: “It is another day at work for us.
“But for the mothers it is very exciting, obviously!”