Talk about the perfect way to celebrate!
Texas dad Bo Eakes gave himself a unique Father's Day gift this year when he delivered his own child ahead of the holiday weekend.
Bo, who welcomed his fourth child with wife Kristen, recounted the story to ABC News, saying: "Immediately, this rush came over me...it was wild. I've never been that nervous in my whole life."
According to Bo, Kristen woke him up at 1 a.m. to tell him she was in labor. "She said, 'We got to go now,'" Bo recalled. "It takes about 7 or 8 minutes to get out of our neighborhood. She just started having heavy contractions and said, 'Oh my God, I feel like I'm pushing. I don't think I'm going to make it.’ I said, 'Don't worry, hon, we're going to make it.'"
But the family hadn't made it to the hospital when Kristen announced that the baby's head was crowning, so her husband decided to take matters into his own hands. Bo pulled over and called 911 as his oldest daughter timed her screaming mom's contractions via an app.
"In my head, I'm saying, 'Don't push—hold him in,’ but I didn't have control over it anymore," Kristen told ABC News of what happened. At that point, Bo made his way to the passenger's side of the car to help her push. "It felt like forever but all of a sudden my husband said, 'Oh my God, it's a boy.'"
Bo delivered his own son, Everett Asher Eakes, at 1:51 a.m. on June 16—which just so happened to be a few days before Father's Day.
"I finally got back on the phone with the dispatch who said, 'I'll walk you through this delivery,' and I said, 'Well, I already delivered him,'" Bo laughed. "The kids were just ecstatic, cheering [Kristen] on, saying, 'Good job, Mom.'"
Baby Eakes is healthy and he and his mother are doing well, according to reports. "Mom and Dad did such a great job," Terry Carpenter, a paramedic who was in charge that day, said in a statement to ABC News.
"I was joking with the nurse, 'He's got his Father's Day gift,'" Kristen said of her husband. "Just the experience alone, for him to be the first one to hold him, has been amazing for him."
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