TAMPA - It was more excitement than any expectant mother wants, but when it comes to life, the unexpected is always exciting. It was just after 3:00 a.m. Wednesday, and Candace Crossely felt something was up.
Her daughter, scheduled to come into this world on November 15, was telling her that October 31 is a better idea.
So Candace jumped in a car and head down I-275, heading for St Joseph's Women's Hospital, with her husband driving, and her sister and daughter in the back seat.
When it's time it's time, and five minutes into the ride became the time.
"And my husband looks at me," she explained, cradling her newborn daughter, "and I'm like, 'She's crowning.' So he pulls over, and literally, the baby just came. My sister rushed to the passenger side of the car. I kind of pushed once, and she fell in my sister's arms."
Right there on the side of I-275 by Bearss Ave.
"Now my two-year-old, she's saying, 'Mommy are you ok?' And she tells me after the fact, 'Mommy you scared me. All I heard you saying was owww.'"
Emergency crews arrived a short time later and transported mom and her new bundle of joy to St. Joseph's, where mom and 5 pound, 13 ounce, and 18 inches long Catelyn are resting comfortably, none the worse for their adventure.
And when asked, since Catelyn came into the world with such an amazingly fantastic entrance, how does she expect her life to be from here, Candace answered, "I am ready. She definitely made an entrance. So I'm excited to see what's to come."
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