ST. MARYS — Quinn Wuebker entered the world at 12:04 a.m. Friday, becoming the first child delivered by Joint Township Memorial District Hospital in 2021 and one of the first births recorded in the region this year.
A milestone every year, New Year’s babies symbolize new beginnings for the young families who take them home.
But for the Wuebkers and others who welcomed a new child on Jan. 1, 2021, the prospect of change and new beginnings was all the more inspiring after a tumultuous year like 2020.
“It gives us hope going into the new year,” said Jodi Wuebker, 32.
Quinn is the fourth child for Wuebker and her husband, Brian, 34, who reside in St. Henry with their two sons and daughter. Her arrival four minutes after the start of 2021 was a welcome coincidence for the Wuebkers.
Sixty miles away, Jessica Alger, 34, and her husband John, 39, were welcoming their fourth child, Eljen Jane.
Eljen Jane was born at 10:27 a.m. Friday at Blanchard Valley Health System in Findlay, a healthy baby at 8 pounds, 9 ounces.
After a year marked by economic uncertainty, a once-in-a-century pandemic and unprecedented lockdowns around the world, the Algers, who have three boys back home in Forest in Hardin County, are ready to start a new journey more familiar to them: Raising a daughter.
“It’s nice to start the year off on a positive note,” Alger said.
Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center and Lima Memorial Health System didn’t share information about the first babies of 2021 by deadline Friday.