Peninsula hospitals’ first baby of 2023 born at Olympic Medical Center

Dad: Becoming a father ‘kinda crazy and exciting’

Justice Schulze, at 7 pounds and 6 ounces, was the Peninsula’s first baby, born at 7:12 a.m. at Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles. His parents are Jacob and Dianne Schulze. (Dave Logan/for Peninsula Daily News)

Justice Schulze, at 7 pounds and 6 ounces, was the Peninsula’s first baby, born at 7:12 a.m. at Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles. His parents are Jacob and Dianne Schulze. (Dave Logan/for Peninsula Daily News)

PORT ANGELES — The apparent first baby of the year on the North Olympic Peninsula was born at Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles at 7:12 a.m. Sunday.

Justice Cedar Schulze weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 21 inches long, said his father, Jacob Schulze, 29, of Joyce, with both mother and child healthy.

It was the first baby for both him and his wife, Dianne Schulze, 21.

Becoming a father was “kinda crazy and exciting,” said the new dad, who works at the Lower Elwha Food and Fuel.

Some members of the family “think he has my face but her nose,” Jacob said of his child.

“I think he has blue eyes,” he added. “It’s hard to tell. They are really dark right now.”

The child is also the first grandchild for his mother-in-law, Beverly Lee, the new father said.

His wife’s family was able to be at the hospital, but Jacob said his family was not on Sunday; they don’t live in town.

No babies had been born at Jefferson Healthcare in Port Townsend or Forks Community Hospital by noon Sunday.

It was not known if there had been any home births.

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