With a name meaning “Lord of All”, Nischol Vinayak Moonilal could be a leader in the making to proud parents, Government Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal and his wife Natasha.
Nischol, weighing six pounds eight ounces, was born at 8 a.m. on Saturday at St Augustine Private Hospital.
The happy family left the hospital yesterday all smiles.
Speaking to the media, Moonilal said Nischol is a name that both he and his wife loved for many years and were elated to give this name to their son, their firstborn.
He said Vinayak is one of the names of the Hindu god, Lord Ganesh, meaning Lord of All.
“Natasha is fine, doing well, he’s doing well as well, the doctors have given us the okay to go home,” said Moonilal.
“We are blessed and happy and very excited and looking forward to the job, it’s a great job and it’s really great...a humble experience,” he added.
Moonilal said he plans to spend a few days with his new-born and wife and relish the joys of fatherhood.
He extended gratitude to all the people who texted, called and sent flowers and gifts.
“We are very appreciative and we thank everybody in the constituency as well for their prayers and their support,” said Moonilal.
Mrs Moonilal also shared her emotions on the birth of her son.
“Elated, very proud and happy, it’s a special moment for us, we’ve waited very long for this so we are treasuring every moment,” she beamed.
Moonilal said they received many congratulatory messages from all his colleagues, including Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan and Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh who visited the family.
Obstetrician/gynaecologist Dr Sherene Kalloo also visited yesterday to congratulate Moonilal and his wife.
Moonilal said the next order of business is to register baby Nischol at Mt Hope.
Other members of the People’s Partnership Government have also celebrated bundles of joy this year.
Minister in the Ministry of the Environment Ramona Ramdial and her husband Devindra Barrath had their first-born Rudra Vedan Barrath.
And former government minister Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh and his wife Arlene had a baby girl.
Last year, House Speaker Wade Mark and his wife, T&TEC chairman Sushilla Ramkisoon Mark, had a baby boy.
And Sport Minister Anil Roberts and his wife Shandell Nicholls, who were married last December, are expecting their first baby.