NISKAYUNA — A pair of Schenectady County’s essential public safety workers came close to having the Capital Region’s first baby of 2021. Still, they had a New Year’s Day baby to ring in the new year.
Maximus Raiden Bonitatibus arrived at 4:20 a.m. Friday at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany. His mother is Niskayuna Patrol Officer Komieko Mosher-Bonitatibus, and his father is Schenectady firefighter Lt. Paul Bonitatibus. They live in Niskayuna.
“We’re just excited that he’s healthy and happy,” Maximus’ mother said shortly before her hospital discharge on Saturday. “He was due Jan. 2, so he came a day early.”
Komieko Bonitatibus was a Schenectady police officer for 6 1/2 years, rising to the rank of sergeant, but she transferred to the Niskayuna Police Department last May. Her husband is a 15-year city firefighter.
Max, as he’s expected to be known, weighed in at seven pounds, seven ounces. He is joining a “Brady Bunch”-style blended family as the sixth child. Mieko, as she is known, has a 12-year-old daughter, and her husband has four other children, the oldest age 20.
Maximus’ name has significance. His parents explained that “Maximum” means the greatest, and “Raiden” is a Japanese word for god of thunder.
By text message, Paul Bonitatibus said, “2020 was a long year with lots of changes especially with both of us being essential, and Maximus is a fresh new start to what we hope will be a better year.”
While the Bonitabus’ have the sleep deprivation to prove an early-morning delivery, the official first birth in the Capital Region for 2021 took place at Glens Falls Hospital at 12:22 a.m. New Year’s Day.
“Mom dad and baby girl are all healthy and strong and looking forward to the New Year and beyond as a family. The Baby Norah weighed in at 5 pounds, 12 ounces and is 17 inches long,” Glens Falls Hospital said in a statement. The parents asked to remain anonymous.