Dad delivers baby roadside on Highway 6

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - On Tuesday evening Cal and Margaret Markland were still a bit tired. Less than 24 hours ago, their little boy made his way into the world, just not exactly how they planned.

Jason Scott Markland came into the world two days late, but last night around 11 p.m. he was ready. However, his parents weren't.

"I thought I gave myself enough time. We knew we had an hour drive to the birthing center," said Margaret, the mother.

"She was having contractions, they were pretty close. And then, she looks over and says we need to pull over," said Cal the father.

At this point Cal and Margaret were on Highway 6, getting closer to 84th Street, but the baby wasn't going to make it to the hospital.

"I was like seriously... now? said Cal, "so I pulled over".

And Margaret wasn't kidding.

"I was like you got to come over, there was no more having contractions and not do anything about it," said Margaret.

Cal immediately called 9-1-1, but the baby was coming quicker than help would arrive. Dispatch was on the other line though coaching him on how to deliver the baby.

"They walked me straight through it. He was like is it crowning, I was like yes. I was like here's the head, here's the shoulders, and then, oh babies out. Alright we're going to wait three minutes and if nothing happens in three minutes were going to tie off the cord so the placenta will come out," said Cal.

Mom and dad said it was very intense, but they didn't panic.

"I guess I knew he had it. He was calm and collected even though it was kind of hectic," said Margaret.

This is the Markland's third child, and Cal said he knew his wife could do it, he wasn't worried about that part.

"Mom did good," said Cal.

But for this birth, Margaret said, Cal gets dad of the year award.

"When it was all said and done I was like, 'I love you, like that was... I loved you after the first two but after that one...." Margaret said laughing.

The parents are continuing to rest up at St. Elizabeth after their crazy night. Big brother and sister got to meet little Jason already, and mom dad and baby are looking forward to going home tomorrow.