Christmas Baby Comes Early

Chicago woman goes into labor three weeks early

By Nesita Kwan
|  Monday, Dec 26, 2011  |  Updated 6:25 PM CDT
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Jessica Fox and John weren't expecting the birth of their child until January 20th.  John Nicolas Scimone couldn't wait and made a early Christmas appearance.

Richard Moy

Jessica Fox and John weren't expecting the birth of their child until January 20th. John Nicolas Scimone couldn't wait and made a early Christmas appearance.

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Call it the ultimate Christmas surprise.

Jessica Fox and John Scimone were expecting their baby to arrive on January 20th, but Fox was startled by what happened at 2 a.m. Christmas morning.

"I said, 'I think my water broke,' and he said, 'yes, it did. Let's go,'" Fox said.

Sure enough, Fox was in labor, and they high-tailed it to a local hospital.

"Initially I thought that this could happen at any time, but as we were driving, I realized it will take awhile for the whole process to happen, so I was able to calm myself down," Scimone.

John Nicholas Simone weighed in a healthy 7 pounds 14 ounces.

"There's a lot of things that could potentially be wrong with him, and we didn't know how developed he was,"

Dr. Magdy Awad says it may actually be a blessing that the baby came early.

"As doctors and nurses we don't like to deliver big babies -- 7-8 pounds, that's pretty good," Awad said.

Fox was scheduled to take some parenting classes next week, but now she'll be learning on the job.

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