Sunday brought more good news about Atticus Noland, the baby born in a car on the shoulder of Interstate 270 Friday morning. He and his mother were discharged from the hospital.
“Atticus is healthy and well, and our other children are in love with him,” Ann Noland said by phone from the passenger seat of the family’s Chevy Suburban at 12:15 p.m. Sunday.
Her husband, John, was behind the wheel. Their three children — Genevieve, 5, John, 2, and, Atticus, 55 hours — were in the back. The family was headed northbound on I-270, driving home to Frederick County from Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville.
On Friday morning, the parents had raced south on that same road, trying to make it to Shady Grove Adventist so Atticus could be delivered there. But he had other plans.
“I think something’s happening,” Ann said then.
John pulled to the shoulder, jumped out, ran around the car and told his wife to recline on the seat. Ann gave birth right then and there. (The Nolands were in their Chevy Malibu at the time.)
On Sunday, as the Nolands drove by the birthing spot, John honked.
“This is where Atticus was born!” he announced.