New parents Tamara Johnson and Kuron Scrubby had the surprise of their lives on a routine trip to Woolworths to pick up some last minute baby supplies.
The young couple from Beswick were in Katherine for a routine ultrasound to determine the sex of their baby.
While the scan was unable to pick up any tell-tale signs, the couple decided to make the trip worth it and stock up on supplies they would soon be needing.
“The contractions came on quickly and I didn’t really know what they were,” Ms Johnson said.
“I called my mum and she said ‘I think it is labour pains, you should call an ambulance’.
“Before I even got to the hospital I was in very good labour,” she said.
Cordell Scrubby was born five weeks early on October 20 at 7.38pm.
The couple said while they had begun preparations for the newest addition to their family, there were still some last minute items that needed to be sorted.
The little baby boy has just reached an appropriate discharge weight, about three weeks after he was welcomed into the world.
Mr Scrubby, an assistant teacher at Wugularr School in Beswick, said he is most excited to show off the newborn to his students.
“We are very excited to be going home soon. Both of our mothers will be excited to meet their first grandchild,” Mr Scrubby said.
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