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Western New York's first 2007 baby waits a minute before checking in

Noah Bryan Suckow wasn't quite ready to make his way into the world last year, so he waited a minute.

At 12:01 a.m. Monday, as fireworks crackled in downtown Buffalo, Noah became the first newborn in the New Year in Western New York.

Noah handled his instant celebrity status with aplomb. He slept soundly much of the day atop his mother, Jennifer, despite visits from two sets of grandparents, three local television stations and The Buffalo News.

"It's been a busy, exciting world, but he's very happy," Jennifer Suckow said.

Noah measured 20 inches in length and weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces. He has wavy brown hair -- and his mother thinks he most resembles his father, Todd.

The Suckows, teachers in the Holland School District who have been married for just over a year, were certain Noah would be born in 2006, even though the original due date was Jan. 1.

Todd and his father-in-law, Jack Rice, completed work on the baby's room -- a sports-themed nursery -- in West Seneca before Thanksgiving.

"Everything we had talked about was '06. We really hadn't planned on '07, I guess," Todd said.

Jennifer, 26, felt contractions Thursday and Friday, and when Todd, 29, took her to Sisters Hospital early Sunday morning, they figured Noah's arrival might be just a few hours away.

Instead, they waited until just after the famous New York City ball on television dropped to hear Noah's cries for the first time.

Noah received a $100 gift basket from Babies R Us that included a blanket embroidered with the word's "Noah's Ark."

But Noah's minute-late arrival means the Suckows will have to wait a full year before being able to declare their son as a dependent for income tax purposes.


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