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Summit Couple Has Dream Package Arrive Via Rush Delivery

The Touhill's -- Peter, Kristin, Gavin and their newest addition Maeve Elizabeth.
Post delivery, and pre-hospital, Kristin and Peter with their new baby daughter.  The flashing blue lights from the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad vehicle can be seen glowing in the background. Credits: Touhill Family

SUMMIT, NJ - Peter Touhill had finished his MBA class at NYU and was meeting some friends for a drink.  His phone rang, and his eight and a-half months pregnant wife Kristin was on the other end if the line.  "I think this might be the day," she said, relaying that she was experiencing contractions.

Peter asked if he should get a car service, but his wife said that the train would be fine.  After all, Kristin had experienced just two contractions, and her first child's labor took 14 hours.  Plus, Peter's Mom and a friend were on their way over to keep her company until he arrived.

Peter, one of 10 kids in his family growing up, caught the train, arrived in Summit and, dressed in a full suit and tie, "Jogged home, not because I was hurrying, it was just out of excitement."  Little did he know that the excitement was just beginning.

Opening his front door on Waldron Avenue, Peter saw Kristin in the front bathroom and, 30 seconds later, Kristin delivered their new baby daughter into his expectant hands.

The entire labor took just 80 minutes, and Kristin -- assisted by her friend and Peter's Mom -- delivered the baby minutes before the EMT's arrived, as 9-1-1 was called just as Peter got home.  Adding to the list of miraculous facets of the event, the Touhill's soon-to-be 2 year-old son, Gavin, slept through the entire labor and delivery.

Kristin and Peter did not find out the gender of their baby prior, so when she asked him, "Is it a boy or a girl," he needed a moment.  "I think it is a girl," is not the traditional words uttered by doctors in delivery rooms but, given the circumstances, it was the best Peter could come up with.  Indeed, it was a baby girl, a 7-pound, 2-ounce, bundle of joy.  Gavin now has a baby sister, named Maeve Elizabeth.

The Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad transported Peter, Kristin, and Maeve to Overlook Medical Center with everyone healthy and happy.  What follows next seems more than apropos for the final chapter of this immaculate delivery.  "Kristin and Maeve came home at noon the next day, just 12 hours after arriving at the hospital" said Peter.  "She actually asked me what did I want her to make us for lunch."

Of course she did.

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