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Jesse Owen Turner made an early arrival in the world and became the first baby born at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in 2013.

The 6-pound-15-ounce boy was not due until Jan. 2, but when he was born at 3:25 a.m. on New Year’s Day, he came as a pleasant surprise to his parents, Heather and Marine Corps Capt. James Turner. He is their first child.

“We were preparing dinner for some friends and [contractions] started to come, so we came to the hospital on New Year’s Eve,” Heather explained. “Things progressed quickly and he was born just about eight hours later.”

The couple said they knew they were going to have a boy and were excited.

“It was amazing,” said the Marine captain, who’s stationed at Quantico, Va., where he is an education officer for Enlisted Professional Military Education at the Marine Corps University. He supervises curriculum development for enlisted Marines at the university.

The first baby of the year spent a few days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit because of respiratory concerns, which were resolved. Jesse went home with his proud parents on Jan. 4, where he was welcomed by his maternal grandparents visiting from Columbus, Ohio, and paternal grandfather from California.

“We’ve been very pleased with our experience here at [Walter Reed Bethesda],” said the new mother. She said they experienced exceptional professionalism and care at the Nation’s Medical Center. “They were very careful and checked everything out, so we’re very happy to be going home with Jesse.”

“They were very thorough, loving and caring,” the new father added. “We appreciate everything the hospital has done.”

As for any plans for a brother or sister for Jesse, the young couple said they are just going to enjoy their new son for now and see how things go.