It's the "it" baby shower gift for Buffalo buffs this winter: A bison-covered swaddling cloth.
Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw, a frequent tweeter, debuted his newborn, 7-pound, 13-ounce son, Maksym Roman, on Twitter, expertly wrapped like a burrito in the fashionable muslin swaddling blanket.
Also wearing the blanket with style was Jack Archer Lipinczyk, born to Eyewitness News reporter and anchor Ali Touhey and her husband Jeff Lipinczyk on Valentine's Day at Mercy Hospital. She showed off a picture of her new bundle of joy on Facebook.
"Representing his Buffalo pride: meet Jack Archer! He was born on Valentine’s Day and is everything we hoped for," the proud mom wrote on Facebook.
The blanket was the perfect gift for Mychajliw and his wife Ashley, whose son was born Feb. 8 at Sisters Hospital, they said.
Friends of the couple who live in Florida bought it for them, knowing how passionately they both feel about the City of Good Neighbors. "If you go to our house it literally looks like one of those stores that sells Buffalo items," Ashley Mychajliw said. Hanging in their bedroom is a wooden pallet with a buffalo on it that their wedding guests signed as a guestbook, she added.
Touhey, whose married name is Lipinczyk, "thought the swaddle was a perfect ode to the Queen City," she said. "We’re starting our little Bills fan off right at a young age."
"It is a popular item," said Sally Edwards, who works at the Elmwood Avenue location. "A lot of people get the bibs with them and a stuffed animal." A stuffed buffalo, of course.
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