GLENS FALLS — While millions of people were gathering Monday night in New York City’s Times Square for a countdown to the beginning of 2013, Rianna Maley was counting down contractions to welcome the arrival of her son, just a few hours north.
The Hudson Falls resident delivered the area’s first baby of the year, Jackson Brown, at 8:49 a.m. at Glens Falls Hospital. The healthy baby boy weighed 7 pounds, 12.5 ounces and measured 19 1/4 inches long.
“I was due the second, but he came one day early, and I think it’s an awesome birthday to have,” Maley said.
“It was surreal,” said first-time father Jon Brown of his son’s birth. “It’s a great way to start the New Year.”
Brown is from Atlanta, and is employed as a cook for Emeritus at Landing in Queensbury, which is a senior and assisted-living community.
Maley is originally from South Glens Falls and works at Moe’s Southwest Grill in Queensbury.
Jackson is also Rianna’s first child and celebrated his birthday with his extended family, including aunt Emma Maley, 15, and uncles Israel Maley, 12, and Eli Maley, 8.
Asked if any of his friends are uncles, Eli laughed and shook his head, adding, “It’s pretty cool.”
Doting grandparents Michael and Mary Maley were also on hand to proclaim what a handsome addition the boy made to their family and what a “rock star” mom was during delivery.
“This child has great-aunts and uncles and great-great aunts and family just waiting to meet him,” said Mary Maley. “We’re so glad he’s here.”
“We’re ready to do the best we can to give him the best life possible,” added Brown. “This is only the beginning.”
Other birthing centers around the area saw little action on New Year’s Day, though the first baby for the Capital Region arrived at Bellevue Woman’s Center in Schenectady just after the midnight hour.
Zaniya Janea Buess arrived at 12:17 a.m., weighing 7 pounds, 2 ounces and measuring 18 1/2 inches long. She was born to Martia Higginbotham and Seth Buess, both of Schenectady.
Zaniya reportedly shares her father’s New Year’s Day birthday.