What are the odds? A dad and his daughter are both born in parking lots, one day shy of exactly 33 years apart.
At the intersection of Route 34 and Orchard Road in Oswego, the BP gas station could stand for birth place for Baby Pavlik. Early Saturday, in the gas station’s parking lot in her grandmother’s compact car, Hannah made her grand entrance into the world. She was 10 days early.
“We got about 10 minutes away from the house. It hurt, and then my water broke. So, my mom’s like ‘We gotta pull over,’” said Hannah’s mother, Erica Pavlik.
Erica says she couldn’t help but think about the unsterile surroundings and she prayed that everything would be alright. Her husband, Frank, was at work.
“My mom’s the one who actually caught little Hannah. We just waited and a couple minutes later paramedics came and then Frank was there,” said Erica.
“I’m just very blessed that they’re both ok and it worked out the way it did,” said Frank. “I didn’t really think about it until we got to the hospital and got settled. It is just an amazing coincidence. Unbelievable.”
The amazing, unbelievable coincidence: Hannah was too impatient to wait for the drive to the hospital. Almost exactly 33 years earlier, same headline, same family.
Frank and his daughter were both parking lot babies.
“It was basically the same story. Mom thought she knew what was going on. I was the third child and she thought she had time. Called my dad from work and they went up to the hospital and I couldn’t wait. They pulled up to the Joliet mall parking lot, and my dad delivered me,” Frank said.
Hannah weighed in at 6 pounds, 3 ounces. After a night in the hospital, she went home to Yorkville on her dad’s birthday.
Frank calls it a new family tradition.
“It’s a wonderful story that everything turned out ok. She’s happy and healthy. He’s happy and healthy. It’s not likely, but I’m glad it worked out,” said Erica.