Iberville couple gets an early Christmas surprise

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Monday, December 23, 2013 - 6:23pm

An Iberville Parish couple got an early Christmas gift. Their baby girl came two months early. Get this, she wasn't born at a hospital, but in the back of her dad's car.

Keith Forman and Lakin Miller obviously weren't expecting their baby to come so early and in such a unique way. Now that she's here and healthy, if they had it to do all over again, they wouldn't have it any other way.

"Things were happening so fast. I was so nervous. I wasn't prepared for, and I didn't know nothing about anything," Keith said.

When Keith woke up Saturday morning, he wasn't expecting this.

"She went the the bathroom. I heard her scream 'I think my water broke!'" Keith explained.

"He was like 'oh no, it's too early. It's too early,'" Lakin said.

Keith's fiancee Lakin wasn't due until February. They live in Bayou Goula near White Castle , which is pretty far from any hospital. So when the time came, Keith did what he had to do.

"At that point, the whole world started spinning, I was just like 'oh God, we got to start moving now.'I threw the blanket on the backseat," Keith said. "I put the pillow up against the door, cranked the car up, turned the heat on, ran back inside, picked her up side. and laid her in the backseat."

As soon as Keith got into the car, he called 911, and then he heard this.

"She says 'Oh my gosh baby, I feel the head.' I was like 'you feel what?" Keith said.

"I didn't know what was going on. I said maybe I need to prop my feet up for a little while," Lakin said. "'Keith, for some reason, I feel like this baby is coming.'"

Keith pulled over next to a cane field, and by the time he got to the back seat, his baby girl had arrived.

"She came out fine," Keith said. "She came out crying, and her eyes were wide open."

Now weighing in at 2 pounds 12 ounces, Autumn Lee is here. Even though she came sooner than expected, they couldn't be happier.

"That's all I can ask for for Christmas. I got what I wanted," Lakin said.

"So many things to be thankful for," Keith said. "We don't have enough time nor words to thank the people that helped us."

The couple will spend the holidays at Woman's Hospital with Autumn. She's healthy, but since she's so small it could be up to eight weeks before she's ready to go home.

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