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Dad delivers baby in last week's snow storm

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By: Sabrina Ahmed 

In last week's snowstorm, one family's new baby was delivered in an unexpected place.  And by dad!

It was a pretty serious chain of events for this family.  Sara Fritsch's husband delivered their child on her friends couch because there wasn't enough time to get to the hospital in the snow storm.

Sara said it's "love, definitively love."

Sara Fritsch felt contractions for hours.  But this time was different than her other three pregnancies so she thought it was a false alarm.  Hours later, she knew it was the real deal and she and her husband took their kids to drop them off at her friend's house in the middle of the snow storm.

"We just started pulling away and I said, 'No! You need to go back now!'"

Minutes later, Tom Fritsch, Sara's husband, delivered their daughter, Cecilia on their friend's couch!  She was four weeks early.  She weighs 5 pounds, 10 ounces and is 19 inches long.

"You know you wonder after your first baby how you can love another one that much—somehow you do," Sara said today.

The paramedics came to take the proud parents and their newest addition to the hospital.  Sara said through this whole adventure, there was never a lot of stress.  No one was too worries.  Everything went smoothly.

"If it had been my first baby, I think it would have been a different story," she said.  "It was very calm. There was no panic, there was no, there was nothing really scary about it, and 911 showed up—or the EMTs showed up immediately after that so we were taken care of."

Baby Cecilia is about a week old now, and still in NICU.  She will have to spend another week in the hospital before she can go home and be with her family full time.

"She just needs to sleep and get nutrients and catch up and get good and fat before I can take her home," she said.

Cecilia's mom says if the rest of her life is as big of an adventure as her first few minutes.  They have a wild ride ahead of them!

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