Few car rides are more frantic than the one to the hospital when a newborn's on the way. As YNN's Matt Hunter explains, for one Saratoga County couple, that ride had to be cut short because the baby simply couldn't wait.
BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. -– Before taking his first breath, Blake TenEyck mastered the art of making a grand entrance.
"Afterwards, I was in such a state of shock 'Oh my God, what just happened?" said Julie TenEyck, the newborn’s mother.
On Tuesday afternoon expecting mother, Julie, was experiencing contractions, so with her husband, Jeremiah, in tow, she went to see her doctor.
"She said I still had 15 days left, so I didn't really think that anything was going to happen," Julie recalled.
Seemingly with plenty of time, she went to sleep, but by 1 a.m. she was awake and back on the phone with the doctor's office.
"I said 'I feel like I'm going to be sick the pain is so bad,'” Julie said. “They said well just come in and we'll see where you're at."
With Jeremiah’s mother watching their three young kids at their Ballston Spa home, the couple jumped in their minivan and headed north to Glens Falls.
"By the time we got on the Northway, my water had broken and then they [contractions] were really consistent," Julie said.
"I figured we'd have time because it usually doesn't happen right after the water breaks," Jeremiah said. "She started getting louder and she's saying 'The baby's coming, the baby's coming."
Like any nervous father-to-be, Jeremiah called 911, but as they sped past Exit 17, both knew Baby Blake wasn't waiting.
"She was like 'you need to go, you need to go!' and he [dispatcher] was like 'No, you need to wait.' So I was like OK, I need to pick one," Jeremiah said.
"When I said 'the baby's head is out,' he pulled over," Julie said.
Before paramedics could even arrive, Julie safely delivered the newest member of the TenEyck family right there along the Northway.
"We put my sweater on him so he was warm,” Jeremiah said. “We had to tie off the umbilical cord and clear out his airways so he could breathe."
An ambulance brought mother and baby the rest of the way to Glens Falls Hospital. By Friday, everyone was home, happy and healthy with a story that's hard to believe but impossible to forget.
"I mean, we did it on our own,” Jeremiah said. “It's not something everyone gets to experience."
"He's a very good baby,” Julie said. “I'm just glad he's healthy and we're able to share this with the rest of our kids."