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Little Owen August Selckmann was born a winner.

Weighing in at 7 pounds, 6.9 ounces, Owen was born on New Year’s Day and was the first baby born at the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata in 2014.

Parents Tara and Jan Selckmann of Indian Head said their son’s due date was Jan. 1, and they had tossed around the idea of how cool it would be to have the first baby of the year but had a feeling their first child would arrive late.

He didn’t.

On Jan. 1, Tara and her husband Jan were at the hospital ready to deliver. Noticing that there weren’t any other expectant mothers in the birthing center that day, as the hours ticked by the two secretly hoped no other mother would come rushing in to deliver.

At 6:20 p.m., Owen was born and officially became the first baby of the new year for the hospital.

Dr. Barry Aron delivered.

Jan Selckmann said it will be fun to celebrate his son’s birthday every year as the ball drops in New York indicating the new year has begun.

He said it also will be nice to always have his son’s birthday off from work as it is a national holiday.

Staff from the hospital presented the Selckmann family with a gift bag of goodies in the days following Owen’s birth and took photos for the hospital’s website and social networking sites.

Tara Selckmann said her wishes for her first born son are to “aspire for higher.”

She said she had a wonderful experience with the La Plata hospital and especially appreciated the care provided by her nurses.

She was excited to have the first baby born at the hospital this year, she said.

The happy family was discharged Jan. 3 and were excited to get Owen home to his underwater-theme nursery.



First baby of 2014 in St. Mary’s is couple’s eighth child

Ruth S. Stoltzfus was born at 3 a.m. New Year’s Day to Sallie and Enos Stoltzfus of Charles County — the first baby of the new year at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown.

She weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces, measured 19 inches long and came with a head full of dark hair, according to hospital officials. Her expected due date was Jan. 4, but her father told hospital officials, “She decided she wanted to be the first.”

Ruth is the eighth child for Sallie and Enos Stoltzfus.

gphillips@somdnews.com