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Signal Mountain mom gives birth during the solar eclipse

James William Cotter was due on Friday, but came early when his mother was induced.

One family welcomed a new baby boy during a once-in-a-lifetime experience Monday.

Lucas and Amanda Cotter were both born in 1991-- the year a partial eclipse was visible from Chattanooga.

Monday, they watched the sun disappear as their son arrived.

"He just happened to be born in the middle of pretty much a national event," Lucas said.

James William Cotter was due on Friday, but came early when his mother was induced.

"We were scheduled to be induced, but you never know when it's going to happen," Amanda said.

Lucas said, "It just happened to be right in the middle of things, dark outside. It was something else."

The couple was watching NewsChannel 9's eclipse special on ABC, when Amanda was in labor.

"We had the windows open so we could see it was starting to get dark," she said.

James's six year old sister also watched the eclipse on TV and out the window in the waiting room. Now, she's just anxious for him to come home.

"He's pretty easy," Amanda said, "He just sleeps and eats. The only time he's fussy is when he's hungry."


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