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Baby boy leaps into Ravenstahls' lives

| Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008

Pittsburgh's first family welcomed an addition Friday.

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's wife, Erin, gave birth to son Cooper Luke Ravenstahl, who weighed in at 7 pounds, 14 ounces and is 21 inches long.

"This is the happiest day of our lives," Ravenstahl said in a statement. "Both Erin and Cooper are healthy and doing great."

The mayor's office said the Ravenstahls, of Summer Hill, would not be immediately available for a photograph or interviews.

Cooper was immersed in his mother and father's political life just hours before Erin Ravenstahl went into labor early yesterday morning, said Councilman Jim Motznik.

The Ravenstahls, both 28, attended an annual political fundraiser that Motznik held at LeMont on Grandview Avenue in Mt. Washington -- the couple's favorite restaurant.

"We moved things along for them," said Motznik, who learned quickly how to balance politics and family life when his son, Jack, 7, was born shortly after he became a city councilman in 2001.

A Pittsburgh mayor with a newborn is a rarity. The last mayor with a newborn was Pete Flaherty, whose son, Greg, was born shortly after he won the mayoral primary in 1969.

The Ravenstahls kept the name of their son a secret until the birth. Social Security Administration records show the name Cooper has steadily climbed the charts from the 240th most popular in 2000 to the 95th most popular in 2007.

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