First baby of the year for North Olympic Peninsula born in Port Townsend on Wednesday
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Dana Cordova holds her son Leland Neil Lammers, the first North Olympic Peninsula baby born in 2014, with dad Shawn Lammers. The baby was born at 10:12 a.m. on New Year’s Day at Jefferson Healthcare Hospital in Port Townsend. — Charlie Bermant

By Arwyn Rice
Peninsula Daily News

PORT TOWNSEND — It’s a boy! The first North Olympic Peninsula baby of 2014 was born at 10:12 a.m. at Jefferson Healthcare Hospital.

Leland Neil Lammers arrived 19 inches long and weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, born to Dana Cordova, 31, and Shawn Lammers, 33, both of Port Townsend.

“It was a surprise. He was due on Jan. 13, but my water broke last night at about 6:15, and the doctor told me to come in. It must be fate,” Cordova said.

Born Jan. 3, 1980, new father Shawn Lammers was the first Jefferson County baby born for the decade at Jefferson Healthcare, then called Jefferson General Hospital, according to Cordova.

“He was the decade baby,” she said.

January birthdays run in the Lammers’ family.

Leland has an older brother, Devin, who will turn 14 later this month, she said.

Baby Leland’s grandparents are Ken and Jo Ann Lammers, both of Port Townsend and Michelle Sanchez of Port Townsend.

The first Clallam County baby was born at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles.

Ember Francis-Marie Hanshaw weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces and was 20 inches long, born to Jennifer and Tim Hanshaw, Sequim natives who live in Port Angeles.

“We’re over the moon that she’s here,” Jennifer Hanshaw said.

The family knew the baby was due Jan. 1 but didn’t expect her to arrive then, even after they arrived Wednesday morning, she said.

“I never thought she would be the first. We were expecting there would be one around midnight,” she said.

Hanshaw said she managed the entire labor without drugs and can’t wait to get her new daughter home.

The Hanshaws have two older sons, Sicoya, 18, and Toby, 12.

As the first girl, a beautiful girl’s nursery has been prepared for Ember.

“She’s already spoiled,” Hanshaw said.

Grandparents are Dan and Teresa Bellis, both of Sequim, and Teri Hanshaw of San Diego.


Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, or at

Last modified: January 01. 2014 6:47PM
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