Posted: Jan 23, 2013 10:17 AM by Claire Anderson - MTN News
Updated: Jan 23, 2013 10:17 AM
GREAT FALLS - Last week, John Monk and Jessica Bury had to improvise when 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.
"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 said.
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.
"So, I figured I still had a couple of hours because with my first one I had six hours after my water broke," Jessica said.
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.
"We made it to the front seat of the van and he laid the seat back...and one more push and she was out!" Jessica said.
John kept calm.
"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," he said.
"I think I was more nervous than afraid, it was just the shock of, oh my God, this is really happening?" Jessica said.
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.
"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!" Jessica joked.