At 7 pounds, 13 ounces, Charlotte arrived at 4:32 a.m. April 6, surprising her parents with a delivery right outside their Palm City home.

Charlotte Marie Abarquez just couldn't wait to make her world debut early Monday morning despite the new coronavirus craziness.


At 7 pounds, 13 ounces, Charlotte arrived at 4:32 a.m. April 6, surprising her parents, James and Kristina Abarquez, with a delivery that had to take place right outside their Palm City home.


"It was definitely surreal," James said. "I don't think we understood the gravity of (the situation) until the firefighters showed up, maybe not even then."


Kristina started having contractions around 2 a.m. The couple's first born had taken about 30 hours of labor, so they thought they were playing it safe when they loaded up the car to head to the hospital around 4:15 a.m., James said.


But they didn't even make it out of their Oakbrooke Estates neighborhood before Kristina told her husband to stop the car. The baby was coming.


"In the back of my mind, I was thinking these are just strong contractions," he said.


He called 911, and Martin County Fire Rescue made it with about 30 seconds to spare before Charlotte arrived.


The plan was to have Charlotte at Jupiter Medical Center in Palm Beach County, so the couple is relieved she arrived before they got on the highway.


Both mom and baby were happy, healthy and recovering at Cleveland Clinic Martin North Hospital when TCPalm spoke with the family Tuesday.


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