‘Beautiful’ Avery is area’s first baby of the new year

Don’t get him wrong; proud new father Matthew McMorris is very happy with the way things turned out.
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Don’t get him wrong; proud new father Matthew McMorris is very happy with the way things turned out.

His wife, Briana, delivered the couple’s first baby, auburn-haired Avery, at 1:44 a.m. Tuesday, becoming the Capital Region’s first of the new year. Avery came out a healthy 6 pounds 14 3⁄4 ounces.

But, well, dad, — he’s an accountant. And dad knows as well as anyone, those 104 extra minutes are very important to his son’s good Uncle Sam.

“We’re happy,” the new dad made clear Tuesday from Saratoga Hospital’s maternity ward, despite the loss of the added benefit of a 2007 tax deduction. “At the end of the day, our baby’s worth more to me than that.”

All joking aside, what the McMorrises gained was Avery’s title as the Capital Region’s first baby of 2008, with all the notoriety that goes along with it.

Avery beat out a 2 a.m. baby at St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy, a 3:56 a.m. bundle at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany and a 4 a.m. arrival at Glens Falls Hospital.

St. Clare’s Hospital in Schenectady was a little slower, waiting more than 12 hours for its first baby, at 12:35 p.m. They made up for lost time, though: By late afternoon the hospital’s new babies numbered three.

And at Bellevue Woman’s Health Care Center in Niskayuna — where there had been concern that the New Year’s baby tradition would end, until an agreement was hammered out last year to keep the facility open — rounded out the Jan. 1 pack at 3:35 p.m. Seven-pound, 4 ounce Emily was born there to Clifton Park couple Christopher and Paula Bott.

But Avery beat them all. And, actually, he did come in on time. He had a Jan. 1 due date.

But as late as Monday evening, it didn’t seem like he would even make that, Matthew and Briana said.

There was no sign of anything New Year’s Eve, until Briana’s water broke at 6:30 p.m. and the couple made their way from their Ballston Spa home to Saratoga.

Things happened relatively quickly after that.

By 11 p.m., contractions were two to three minutes apart. With the baby’s heart rate becoming a concern, preparations were made to go in after him.

The heart rate stabilized for two hours, but by 1 a.m., it was time for the Cesarean section, and Avery arrived 44 minutes later.

The baby is the couple’s first. Matthew, 32, and Briana, 30, were married in May. Mom works as a mortgage broker.

The two spent the morning getting to know their new son.

“He’s beautiful,” dad said. “He’s quiet and very alert. His eyes are open and he’s seeing the world.”

Mother Briana noted the surprising on-time arrival.

She also noted her husband’s jesting about the baby’s tax ramifications.

“I never thought he’d really come out on New Year’s,” she said. “[Matthew] jokes around about the tax break, but he’s a healthy baby and we didn’t care when he came.”

And what about trying again for a last-minute 2008 tax break?

“Maybe in two years,” mom said.

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