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New decade heralds hope for New Year’s Day babies


Story by Samantha Robin

Parents Maryam Anjiri and Abraham Alvandi had extra cause to celebrate the start of the new decade when baby Liam came into the world at Cabrini Malvern on 1 January at 8.31am.

Born 19 days early, he was a welcome new year’s surprise for his parents.

Mr Alvandi said while he had hoped his son would have held off until his due date, he was happy to meet him a bit earlier.

When asked about his hopes and dreams for his son, who was one of the first babies born for 2020, he said he just wanted him to lead a fulfilling life.

“I just want him to have a healthy and safe life,” Mr Alvandi said.

Newborn Liam Alvandi with parents

Ms Anjiri is an astrophysicist so she said she hoped her son shared her love of learning and had an inquisitive mind.

“We are both academics, so we hope he pursues further education and maybe sports as well,” she said.

Music may also be on the cards for Liam, who is the couple’s first child.

“We would love for him to learn the piano and the Azerbaijani tar, a musical instrument from my home country,” Mr Alvandi said.

Liam was one of seven babies born at Cabrini on New Year’s Day.

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