Originally published in the Jamestown Sun
January 3, 2013
It was New Year’s babies times two at Jamestown Regional Medical Center on Tuesday.
Amy Stegmiller delivered an 8-pound, 9-ounce baby boy about 1 p.m. It was the second child for Amy and her husband, Wes, of Jamestown. The couple named their son Joshua.
At about 10 p.m. Ruth Schott delivered a 7-pound, 11-ounce baby boy. It was the first child for Ruth and her husband, Andy, of Jamestown, and he was named Leon.
“We had no plans for a New Year’s birth,” said Amy Stegmiller from her hospital bed Wednesday. “I was scheduled for a C-section on Friday but things came along a little earlier.”
Joshua will join 5-year-old Maggie in the Stegmiller family.
Maggie has been telling everyone how cute her new brother is, according to Marge Kavlie, who describes herself as an “adopted grandmother” who helps out the family.
Maggie would not comment personally for this article.
Ruth Schott also had no plans for bringing in 2013 by giving birth.
“Our due date was Jan. 6, but we had been expecting him a little early,” she said from her hospital bed. “But still, I never thought about having a child with a birthdate on New Year’s.”
Andy Schott had more pragmatic thoughts on the birthdate.
“We just missed a tax write-off by a few hours,” he said. “But it was a great way to start 2013. An awesome Christmas and New Year’s present.”
Both fathers had a tough time looking ahead to 2031 when their sons should graduate high school.
“I wonder what farming will be like,” said Andy Schott, who works at JRMC and also farms in the Kulm area. “We’re stuck with him for 18 years; I hope he has a strong country with freedoms when he grows up.”
Little Leon Schott will go home wrapped in a John Deere blanket made by one of the child’s grandmothers, Andy Schott said.
“It is really tough to think that far ahead,” Wes Stegmiller said. “I can only imagine what the technology of that time will be.”
Sun reporter Keith Norman can be reached at 701-952-8452 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org