Four Hong Kong babies were brought into the world on Sunday in the wee hours of 2023 as the city ushered in the new year free of Covid-19 curbs for the first time in three years. Aden Chan Chun-yin, a boy born at Union Hospital in Tai Wai, weighed 2.97kg (6.5lbs) at birth and became the first baby delivered in the city on New Year’s Day at 12.43am. Seven minutes after baby Aden was born, another boy weighing 3.54kg was delivered in Kwong Wah Hospital. Two girls were also born in Prince of Wales Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital at 2am and 2.02am respectively. Hongkongers brave cold weather to celebrate New Year’s Eve, end to Covid rules Sharing her excitement, Aden’s mother Fiona Chiu Sin-ting said she did not expect her third child to be the city’s New Year baby for 2023 as her due date was originally January 5. “He is our best New Year’s gift. This will be our last child as we now have three. This is a great memorable moment,” the 35 year-old businesswoman said on Sunday. “I never thought my son could become Hong Kong’s first baby in 2023 … I was very surprised.” Tens of thousands of Hongkongers bade farewell to 2022 at Victoria Harbour in Tsim Sha Tsui on Saturday night days after most pandemic rules, in place for three years under one of the world’s toughest Covid-19 regimes, were lifted. Chiu and husband Roy Chan Ka-wing, with their newborn sporting a face shield and sleeping soundly in a cradle nearby, said at the hospital they wished their son would grow up healthy and happy. “My mom and dad gave me the freedom to choose my own career. I will also allow my son to do so. He can do whatever he wants,” the proud mother said. “I hope that the pandemic will end soon so we can resume our normal lives and be joyful.” Chiu said she had expected to give birth in January as the couple wished their son could be older among classmates at school in future. “The baby behaved well as he actually cooperated with me and was born in January,” she joked. She said this pregnancy was tougher than her previous ones as she had to take care of her daughter and other son, who were born in 2020 and 2021 respectively. Chiu said she rushed to the hospital immediately to prepare for labour after experiencing symptoms indicating she would give birth soon. “But since I want him to be born in January, I did not dare move around. My tailbone hurts a bit after lying down for too long,” the mother recalled. Despite becoming pregnant in March during the fifth and most severe wave of Covid-19 in Hong Kong, Chiu said she was not very concerned as she took precautions such as washing her hands frequently and changing clothes right after going out.