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|This baby wouldn't wait|
|Yorkville couple's daughter arrives ten days early in Oswego gas station parking lot|
|by Matt Schury|
If anyone should have known Hannah Grace Mary Pavlik was coming into this world earlier than expected, it should have been her father, Frank of Yorkville.
But Frank didn't take his wife Erica's initial labor pains too seriously and went to work since the baby wasn't due for another 10 days.
"She had false labor with our second (child) and when she was on the phone with me the first couple of times the contractions weren't very close" Frank said.
"He kept telling me to wait and wait and finally I said, 'I just can't wait any more,'" she said. "I had been calling him all night and telling him I'm going to have the baby but he just wouldn't believe me."
He finally told Erica to wait but said if she needed to go to the hospital she should go. He recalls that he asked his wife if she wanted him to come home and she told him she'd call him when the baby got a little closer.
"She called and said just stay at work and I'll call you if I need you," he said.
Hannah was born six pounds three ounces and 20 inches on Saturday, Aug. 17 at about 12:35 a.m. in the driver's seat of Erica's mother's Chevy Aveo while parked at a gas station at Route 34 and Orchard Road in Oswego.
The baby was delivered by her grandmother, Julie Boynton, while they were on the way to Rush Copley Hospital in Aurora. Her father should have expected that since he couldn't wait to get to the hospital either.
Almost 33 years ago to the day, Frank was born in the parking lot of the Louis Joliet Mall in Joliet while his parents Frank and Linda Pavlik of Minooka were on their way to the hospital in Naperville. The date was Aug. 18, 1980. He was born at 12:05 p.m., according to a newspaper account.
Frank recalls that his parents have been reminding him he was born in a parking lot ever since he was born.
"My dad used to tease me when I was little and told me they were actually trying to get rid of me but when the cops came they had to keep me," he said.
'You had to take
care of business'
Three decades later on Friday night a similar story began to play out as Erica started having contractions. She called her mother and said she was having contractions off and on and wanted her to be by her phone in case she needed her. About an hour later, Erica told Boynton to come over just in case they had to go to the hospital that night.
"She just thought they'd go away," Boynton said.
The contractions didn't let up, so Boynton suggested they go the hospital just in case. As they were leaving Erica said she was in a lot of pain. Her mother asked Erica if she wanted to go to the urgent care in Yorkville but Erica felt confident she could make it to Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora.
"Then my water broke and then I didn't think we were going to make it," Erica said.
"We headed out on Route 34 and got a little past the Dairy Queen and her water broke and I still thought we were OK," Boynton said.
After driving a few more miles, Erica told her mother that she wanted to push so they pulled into the gas station parking lot and Erica called 911.
"She was having contractions so they couldn't understand what she was saying," Boynton said.
"I just couldn't help it any more. I just had to push and out came the baby," Erica said. "The whole time I just kept praying ... there are so many times that they need forceps or this or that... So many things could have gone wrong."
Boynton got out the car, came around to the passenger side door and helped deliver the baby. She then turned Hannah over and cleared her noise and mouth. The baby started crying and Boynton wrapped her in a blanket from the car.
"She said, 'I'm going to push' and she did, and out came the baby," Boynton said. "You couldn't even think about it. You just knew you had to take care of business. We were all really calm, I don't know it was kind of weird."
Boynton, an attorney, said she never had any training delivering a baby.
Hannah was delivered just minutes before the paramedics arrived. Frank raced to the scene from work but also missed the baby being born by just 10 minutes.
"My other kids took like 10 hours," Erica said. "And I'm late for everything and this little one was born 10 days early. Everyone is happy and healthy, she has two big brothers who are excited to have her home and everyone is doing really, really well."
There are more similarities to father and daughter. Hannah is the third child for the couple and the first girl of the family. Frank was the third child and the first boy in his family.
Erica said people asked her if they would name the baby's initials BP, after the gas station. Her brother suggested adding Aveo to her Hannah's name.
"That wouldn't be too bad but I don't want my child to be associated with that car," she said. "It's a small car let me tell you."
Erica said now that the excitement is over she is glad everything worked out.
"So many things could have gone wrong and my mom kept telling me not to push but you just can't stop that," Erica said.