Cumberland Times-News

January 2, 2014

First local baby of 2014 arrives a month early

Greg Larry
Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND — Although Kim Kifer was hoping her newborn son wouldn’t arrive on the New Year’s Day holiday, her baby boy had different plans.

Born at 6:42 p.m. on Wednesday at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, Jayce Eugene Sturtz, 4.156 pounds, is officially the first baby of 2014 in Allegany County.

“I was kinda upset. I have a cousin who was born on New Year’s Day,” said Kifer.

Kifer said she wanted the baby to have his own birthday separate from any holiday.

“We had a cousin born two years ago who was the first baby of that year,” said Kifer, who is originally from Artemas, Pa.

The father is Joshua Sturtz, who is wearing a neck brace. He is recovering from neck and back injuries received during a recent automobile accident.

Mother and father reside in Mount Savage.

The child was delivered by Caesarian section by Dr. Dale Wolford. Despite being born one month early, baby and mother are doing fine.

“We are happy everyone is doing well,” said Sturtz.

The baby has ample black hair and a lot of color.

“He’s as red as a lobster,” said Kifer.

Labor began for Kifer around 4:30 a.m. New Year’s Day. She will remain in the hospital until Saturday.

“I’m glad to be getting back to my normal self,” said Kifer.

Kifer said she experienced a good bit of sickness during her pregnancy.

Sturtz works at Mount Savage Fire Brick, and Kifer works at the Golden Living Center.

Kifer has twin girls and Sturtz has a son.

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