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Buffalo’s first baby of 2013 arrived with a bang – literally.

Haley Elli Matesich – all 8 pounds and 3 ounces – entered the world at 12:07 a.m. at Women & Children’s Hospital, as downtown fireworks exploded into the sky after the New Year’s Eve ball drop.

“We had some pushing going on, and all of a sudden we heard some noise in the background, which happened to be the fireworks outside, and shortly afterwards she was here,” said Dr. Mark Matesich, Haley’s father.

He and his wife, Danielle, who swaddled their first child in a blanket, spoke to the media Tuesday afternoon, 14 hours after Haley’s birth.

“It’s worth every minute of a very long labor. We’re just so happy. She’s very, very loved and welcomed,” said Danielle Matesich, who had a natural childbirth.

The due date was Dec. 21, but her water didn’t break until Dec. 27.

“We were shooting for last year,” said Mark Matesich, 36, with a laugh, referring to a lost 2012 tax deduction.

A midwife, along with massage therapy, acupuncture and chiropractic treatments, helped mom get through the long delivery process, which she said was worth it.

“I think if it’s at all possible, that you should do [natural child birth] for the baby, and have as little intervention as possible. I think we achieved that, but we were grateful that the hospital [and the staff] was here,” Danielle Matesich said.

The couple waited for Haley’s arrival to learn their baby’s gender.

The name “Haley” was chosen because they liked it; the middle name “Elli” was chosen after Danielle’s mother.

“This is the first grandchild on both sides. We have to put the phone aside, the family is so excited about it. Haley has lots of new aunts and uncles, tons and tons of people who have been waiting for her and are really excited,” Danielle Matesich said.

“She definitely had a long journey to get here, and we’re really happy that she finally arrived. She’s been all smiles,” Mark Matesich said.

The couple, who live in the city, was presented with a Sabres blanket by a team official, and a certificate that read “First round draft pick” – items that will be given to every newborn at the hospital in 2013.

Asked what hopes she had for her daughter, her mother said, “Just to give her the best opportunity possible and the best life possible, and let her choose what she wants to do, and support her.”

email: msommer@buffnews.com