Jan 23, 2013 3:21 PM by Claire Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
GREAT FALLS - Last week, John Monks and Jessica Bury had to improvise as their new addition to the family just couldn't wait - their baby was born in the front seat of their mini-van.
They had been waiting for the birth of their second child for more than two weeks, and on Friday night, it happened - but not quite in the manner they had planned.
Jessica explained, "At about 2:15 we made it downstairs and started to head out to the car and made it down to the last step and my water broke."
Jessica's obstetrician had told the couple that a woman's second child birth is usually faster, but this was a lot quicker than anyone was expecting.
Jessica noted, "So I figured I still had a couple of hour because with my first one I had six hours after my water broke."
The couple had called the babysitter to watch their 2-year old son, but by the time the babysitter arrived, there was no time to get to the hospital.
Jessica said, "We made it to the front seat of the van and he laid the seat back...and one more push and she was out!"
John kept calm, but did say, "I was in the Air Force and the Army and I did tons of stuff that would scare you, but knowing that you could be the cause of anything that could go wrong, it was horrifying."
And Jessica said, "I think I was more nervous than afraid, it was just the shock of, 'Oh my God, this is really happening!"
The couple and their new daughter Alexys are now home and happy, but they have already made plans with their doctor about the birth of their next child.
Jessica laughed, "As my doctor said, we are going to just admit me to the hospital and induce me when I turn 39 weeks so this doesn't happen again!"