Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - A Duluth family is resting at home tonight with their new bundle of joy. Understandably so, after a hectic delivery, not in the hospital, but in a gas station parking lot in Pine City.
"She's a wonderful sleeper," Kyleen Waterhouse said to her husband.
Just one week old, Hartley Dawn Waterhouse already has quite a story to tell. That is, When she's ready to talk about it. Hartley arrived in the world sooner than her mom, Kyleen, ever expected.
"My last birth was three days," Kyleen told the Northland's NewsCenter's Kevin Jacobsen. I expected the same thing"
She started having contractions last Monday. She ignored them.
"I kept trying to prepare myself for a long labor, lots more time, lots more pain."
But the contractions only grew stronger.
"Then at 12:30 it was all of a sudden, oh this is actually contractions, four a minutes a part, time to go."
Kyleen, husband Seth and daughter Joy headed to the hospital in the Twin Cities.
"The thought of not making it, didn't seem like a possibly," said Seth. "It didn't seem like a risk."
But it was. The waiting midwife was still an hour and a half away.
Hartley wasn't waiting.
"She asked me to pull over and said I think the baby is coming. I took the next exit right away."
After getting off the highway, they pulled into the BP Gas Station parking lot in Pine City and within five minutes, with the help of dad, mom gave birth in the backseat.
"I went to the back and could see the baby's head," Seth said. "She was delivered three minutes later, She was obviously ready to come out."
Hartley, born in the family Chevy Malibu, weighed 6lbs, 15ounces and was 19 inches long.
"A huge sign of relief when I handed her to Ky and said I can't believe we just did this," said Seth. "It was a pretty intense feeling."
The new family of four finished the trip to the Twin Cities.Greeted by their midwife at the hospital, she reassured them everything would be fine.
"She has a full head of hair like her sister."
The sisters came into the world in different ways, but Seth and Kyleen say now they are ready for anything the girls throw their way.
The Waterhouse family is hoping to create a tradition of celebrating Hartley's birthday each year at the restaurant next to the gas station where she was born.
Written for the web by Kevin Jacobsen