Tim Goldsmith, 25, and his wife, Jamie, said Tim arrived at Jamie's grandparents' house south of Peculiar in Cass County for his leave a few days early and at 3 a.m. the following morning, April 29, the expectant mother went into labor, The Kansas City (Mo.) Star reported Monday.
Goldsmith, who is due to be deployed to Afghanistan later this month, said he delivered the baby on the bathroom floor and tied off the umbilical cord with one of his shoelaces as Jamie's grandfather, Perry Sanders, drove to the nearest road to flag down the ambulance.
"He did great," Jamie said of her husband. "He never panicked, stayed cool, stayed calm, just did what needed to be done."
Noah Allen Goldsmith weighed in at 7 pounds, 15 ounces at the local hospital. Mother and infant were released after three days.