A nine months pregnant Richardson mail carrier refuses to stop delivering mail until her baby makes its debut.
Jennifer Shirley,43, from Wylie, is six days away from her due date as she continues to deliver mail for the United States Postal Service in Richardson.
"I get a lot of double takes especially walking to doors with packages,” Shirley said. “People will see me and wave and then they'll [ask themselves] ‘did I just see a ginormous pregnant lady deliver…?’ Yes. You just saw a ginormous pregnant lady.’”
Shirley says she simply loves her job and thanks her family, friends and co-workers for all the support. Even the residents along her route value her commitment and kindness.
"She's kind and she leaves notes when she's going to be out of town—she’s lets us know that—and she's always quick to say ‘hi’ and ‘how you doing’ and checking up on us," said Richardson resident John Sparks, who regularly receives his mail from Shirley.
Shirley is expecting her special delivery on Wednesday when a baby girl, named Jude, is scheduled to arrive. Until the birth of Jude, Shirley will continue to complete her route, with the doctor's permission.
Shirley’s husband jokes with her about her dedication.
“He does come home every day from work and he goes 'are you going in tomorrow?' I say 'yes sir'" Shirley said.
Shirley has been with the USPS for seven years. Three out of those seven years she has been working her Richardson route.
"I'm surprised, but I asked her about it because I thought that she was going to be due a month or two ago, but she told me no I guess it’s right about now," said Jerry Sutton, a homeowner on Shirley’s route.