Father’s Day was made extra special for two new dads who welcomed their babies into the world on Sunday at Cabrini Malvern.
Nav and Candice Grewal welcomed son Xavier to the world two weeks early, while Ralf Schittenhelm and Anne Walter welcomed their son Finn to the world four days past his due date. It was the first child for both families.
Neither was due on Father’s Day, though both families joked that it had been a possibility.
Mr Grewal said when his wife went into labour in the early hours of Sunday morning they had to find an excuse to get out of Father’s Day lunch without letting the secret out.
“We had lunch at my parents planned and dinner with Candice’s parents, so we had so cancel without raising too much attention,” Mr Grewal said.
“We wanted to keep it a secret until Xavier arrived.
“When I rang our parents to let them know the news, they wished me happy Father’s Day. I said ‘how did you know?’”
Mr Grewal said he could not have asked for a better Father’s Day present and was glad he didn’t have to wait another whole year to celebrate.
“We were joking all week about Xavier being born on Father’s Day, so it was funny when it actually happened. We couldn’t be happier.”
Baby Finn arrived at 11.47 pm, just in time to celebrate Father’s Day with dad Ralf.
Finn was four days past his due date, so his parents had been eagerly awaiting his arrival.
Mr Schittenhelm said the entire family was over the moon about the new addition to the family.
“We are both from Germany, where it is considered lucky to be born on a Sunday,” Mr Schittenhelm said.
“We had been giving the family hourly updates on the progress, so when Finn arrived just before midnight they were thrilled, especially my father-in-law.”
Father’s Day only falls on 2 September every 11 years, so the next time these babies will share their birthdays with Father’s Day will be 2029.
“I’m not sure how Finn will feel about having to share his birthday with Father’s Day but I’m pretty happy about it,” Mr Schittenhelm said.