He evacuated from
And it came to pass that they had a hurricane baby.
Annslee Carlyle Poosner was born in a hospital in
She checked into this world at 7 pounds 6 ounces at the same time Hurricane Matthew started knocking in earnest on their door back home in Heritage Woods in Sea Pines.
Tuesday morning, as the couple prepared to take the baby to an unknown pediatrician for her first check-up, the Poosners still did not know how their house fared in the hurricane.
But the hurricane baby who arrived right on her due date was just fine.
"This is going to be one heck of a story in a few years,"
It started brewing a week before the evacuation. Matthew started worrying when he saw models of Hurricane Matthews put
That's the day Gov.
The doctor laid out a couple of options.
They could check into the hospital immediately. They could induce labor. And they'd have a baby in hand for the evacuation.
Or, they could evacuate and find a room near a hospital.
The Poosners opted to head to a friend's house in
Evacuation was new to them. They moved to the island in June. He checked whether their insurance was good in
When the two boys --
"How come you didn't tell me we had a Category 4 hurricane coming at us," one asked, starting to cry.
"I think it was the not-knowing about what was to come," Matthew said. And it was a concern for the fate of his video games.
They all loaded into the Ford Explorer, with food and water in case they got stuck in traffic: the father, the mother great with child, two boys and two 3-year-old rescue dogs, Doc and Cash.
By the time they got to
Matthew was fretting and
She was grabbing her stomach, but insisting they press on.
"We had heard that a change in barometric pressure could do that," she said later. "And it could have been the stress and anxiety."
The arrived north of
"We all held it together," Matthew said.
Two days later,
Now the oldest brother is "smitten," she said. The younger one is overly excited.
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