by Ric Dugan / staff photographer
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Bill Partlow Jr. drove his Honda Civic from Smithsburg to Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown as fast as he could Tuesday night, but it wasn't quick enough for baby Alexandra, who made her appearance in the car outside the emergency room entrance.
"If I ever have another one, I'm going to get to the hospital when the contractions are 30 minutes apart," mother Audrey Partlow said Wednesday.
In labor for most of the day Tuesday, Audrey waited for Bill to get home from his job in Rockville, Md. When he arrived at 5:45 p.m., the contractions were about 10 minutes apart, Audrey said.