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Coal Valley Couple's Newborn In A Hurry To Arrive

Updated: Nov 11, 2012 10:45 PM CST
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Every mother has a different story from the delivery room when it's time for a baby to arrive. However, for one local couple there was no time to get to the hospital when their bundle of joy came into the world. Four days ahead of his due date, 7 pound, 7 ounce William Levi Lewis DeClerk makes his debut.  

"He's pretty laid back right now but I don't know if that's going to stay," said mother Samantha Beasley.  Especially considering the way he came into the world early Saturday morning. After having a few contractions just before 3 a.m.  at her family's Coal Valley home, Beasley knew it was time.
 
"I had one really good one and yelled back to him and woke him up." With one look her fiance Frank DeClerk could tell the baby was on its way and fast.
 
"I told her that we're not making it to the hospital. It's coming right now," said DeClerk. "I'm like, what are we going to do? Is everything going to be fine or is there going to be something wrong? Everything can go through your mind what if," added Beasley.
 
He called 911 and, in a matter of just two minutes and not even a push, little William was born. "We were panicked at first because he was a little blue and wasn't crying," said Beasley. 
 
The baby came to but mom and dad were still scrambling for towels top wrap him in and something for the umbilical chord. For that, dad improvised using a shoelace. "I had a pair of boots so I just hurried up and yanked them out real fast and tied it up," added DeClerk.
 
Dad says he thinks being an avid hunter helped him stay a little more calm with all that comes along with a delivery.  "Pretty much had to catch him."
 
While their third son is the fastest delivery by far, William actually was a little more patient in the long run compared to his two big brothers. "They were actually preemies, so this is the longest one I've actually been pregnant with," said Beasley.
 
His personality is already starting to show with little outbursts in the hospital room, where the family eventually ended up Saturday. It's a sound they'll be thankful to hear and a story they'll be glad to share for years. "I guess our mother and father instinct kicked in. What we had to do is what we had to do," said Beasley.
 
Both mother and baby are happy and healthy and expect to return home Monday.