Juneau's first 2000 baby makes debut

Posted: Sunday, January 02, 2000

Noah Samuel Brakel Williams is Juneau's first baby of the year 2000.

The 8-pound, 6-ounce baby boy was born at 2:27 a.m. today at Juneau Family Birth Center. Six hours later his beaming parents, Morissa Lou Williams and Aaron Brakel, were having a decidedly happy new year, alternating between kissing Noah and kissing each other.

``We're pretty happy and pretty relieved,'' Brakel said.

This is their first child. They didn't plan to have a ``millennium baby,'' and they weren't necessarily expecting to spend New Year's Eve giving birth, although Williams was due three days ago.

``We went out to get a videotape,'' Brakel said, ``and we'd just made it out the door and ...''

``Splash,'' Williams said. Her water broke. She went into labor at 8:45 p.m.

Noah was born almost six hours later.

``The first thing he did, he was looking up, he wanted to see his mom, he was looking right up at her,'' Brakel said. ``We've been waiting to see him. He's been waiting to see us.''

Last year was a tough year for the family, Brakel said. He lost his brother, Matthew, to an avalanche in April.

``We're really, really glad to start out this year this way,'' he said. ``We're pretty lucky to have this little guy, safe and happy.''

Williams admitted to feeling a little terror along with her elation about parenthood. But Noah had already figured out how to get his breakfast, so they were off to a good start.

The family was among several who could have given birth to Juneau's first baby of 2000. Earlier this week the Family Birth Center and Bartlett Regional Hospital reported about a dozen women were due to give birth in the week before or the week after New Year's Day. As of 9 a.m. today, no one had given birth at Bartlett.

Brakel and Williams figure the 21st century holds promise for Noah.

``He's got a sled already,'' Brakel said.

``We promised him this morning we'd end war,'' Williams added.

``And he's got a dog, so that's taken care of,'' Brakel said.

At 8 a.m., five and a half hours into the world, Noah seemed content, squirming quietly in his parents' laps as they sat on a couch in the Family Birth Center.

``And now we're going to go home and hang a big `Do not disturb' sign on our door,'' Brakel said.

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