A boy and a girl shared the honours as the first babies born in the Year of the Rabbit, each arriving on the stroke of midnight. Enoch Chan Nok-kan was delivered by Caesarean section on Tuesday at Union Hospital, Sha Tin, five days earlier than expected after his mother, Lock Wai-mun, had been in labour for 24 hours. 'All we wanted was for our baby to be born strong and healthy,' father Chan Yat-wai said. 'The thought of him becoming the first baby boy in the Year of the Rabbit never crossed our mind, but since it has happened we are obviously delighted.' The boy, weighing 3.59kg, is the Chans' first child. The name Nok-kan means 'promises' and 'hardworking'. The couple teach at Lok Sin Tong Young Ko Hsiao Lin Secondary School, Sha Tin. 'We will leave it to Enoch to decide on his own occupation and career when he grows up,' Mr Chan said. 'We are not going to push him into joining our profession.' At Tsuen Wan Adventist Hospital, the parents of Sue Lam Sue-lam were taken by surprise when their first child, weighing 3.25kg, also arrived ahead of schedule. 'We were both delighted and shocked when she arrived a week earlier than expected,' said Sue's father, telecommunications salesman Edmond Lam Ka-hang, 36, who was also born in the Year of the Rabbit. Mr Lam said he and his wife, Natalie Chan Ho-yin, 27, chose the name Sue-lam for their daughter because it was easy to remember.