Hannah Grace Mary Pavlik is only five days old but she already shares an uncanny connection with her father, Frank.
Hannah was born last Saturday in the parking lot of a gas station five miles from her family’s home in Yorkville, Ill. Her father celebrated his birthday the next day, Sunday, Aug. 18, which was also the 33rd anniversary of his own birth in a parking lot.
“On the eve of my birthday she pulled her father’s move and did the same thing,” Pavlik told ABC News of the unlikely bond he and his daughter already share. “What’s the chance of this happening, let alone in the same family? It’s pretty amazing.”
In 1980, Pavlik’s mom was home alone with Pavlik’s two older siblings when she started to go into labor. His dad drove home from work, picked up his wife and took off for the hospital.
Before they could get there, however, Pavlik’s mom’s went into labor and his dad pulled into the parking lot at the Louis Joliet Mall in Joliet, Ill., and delivered his son.
Fast forward to last Saturday — Pavlik’s wife, Erica, 31, was home with the couple’s two older children while Pavlik was at work. Though her due date was Aug. 27, Erica began to feel contractions and called her sister to come watch the kids, called Pavlik to tell him to come home and called her mom to take her to the hospital.
Five miles from home, with her mom behind the wheel, Erica’s water broke and they pulled over to the Earth Market BP gas station in Oswego.
“I got a call [at work] from both my wife and my mother-in-law basically saying that if you want to see your child born you better come now,” Pavlik said.
By the time Pavlik rushed to the gas station, Hannah had arrived into the world, at a strong six pounds, three ounces and 20 inches long, thanks to her grandmother.
“My mother-in-law delivered the baby,” he said. “She caught the baby. The paramedics were on the scene but my mother-in-law did all the work.”
Pavlik rode in the ambulance with his wife and daughter to the hospital where they had expected, for the past nine months, that she would be born.
The family is now back at home, rejoicing in their newborn and marveling at the strange coincidence she unknowingly brought into their lives.
“Everybody is doing great,” Pavlik said. “We’re very blessed that everything worked out okay because a lot could go wrong. We’re very blessed.”