At 9 pounds, 2 ounces, Maxwell James Molanare was the first baby born this year in Otsego County, Bassett Medical Center spokeswoman Karen Huxtable.
He arrived at 2:35 a.m., mother Christina Molanare said as she held her sleeping son.
Molanare, who works as a cosmetology teacher at John Paolo in New York Mills, was sitting in the hospital’s birthing center Wednesday. The 25-year-old single mother said her son was due Dec. 20, and she came to the hospital Monday and labor was induced.
Maxwell was delivered by Caesarean section early Wednesday morning.
Molanare was brought to the hospital by her parents, Suzanne and Todd Niederlander, who waited with her much of the time. They left Wednesday morning after the birth, and were back that afternoon.
Todd said: “We are just happy. Everybody is just happy that everybody is healthy and doing well.”
Suzanne said her grandson is “a big, beautiful little boy. It was a good way to start the new year.”
Christina said she has two older sisters who are already mothers, so she is well-prepared with advice.
She said she expects to be in the hospital until Saturday. She will be returning to work in March, and is looking forward to getting to know her son, she said.