WARNER ROBINS -- With a winter storm bearing down Tuesday, Middle Georgia residents were warned to stay off the roads, but Derek and Morgan Munday soon realized they had no other choice.
About 8 p.m., Morgan thought she might be in labor. So her husband drove to Macon to pick up her mom, who was going to look after their three children if she had to go the hospital.
That turned out to be a good move. By 1:30 a.m., Morgan woke up and was definitely in labor.
We looked outside and there was snow everywhere, she said.
They loaded into their 2005 Chrysler Town & Country van and proceeded to make the trek from their home near Robins Air Force Base to Houston Medical Center.
They said they didnt panic over their babys bad timing.
I just told him to go slow, Morgan said.
One upside is that there was no traffic at all on the roads. Derek said he never went more than 30 miles per hour, and they made it to the hospital safely.
At 6:49 a.m., Morgan delivered an 8-pound baby girl, Ruthannette.
They knew another woman in their situation wasnt as fortunate.
About the time they were making their way to the hospital, Atlanta was still gridlocked from the Tuesday commute home. One woman in labor gave birth on Interstate 285 when she and her husband couldnt make it to the hospital. She and the baby were fine, according to a story in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Derek is an electronics engineer at Robins. He previously served six years in the Air Force, including a stint in Iraq. He also was once stationed in Montana, so he knows something about driving in the snow.
This wasnt that bad, he said.
Wednesday was a big day for their other kids, a boy and two girls, who didnt mind being temporarily deprived of a chance to play in the snow to go to the hospital and meet their new sister.
They were excited, Morgan said.
To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.