As Father Was, Girl Born in Parking Lot

Hannah Pavlik born on eve of father's birthday

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    Hannah Pavlik was born on the eve of her father's 33rd birthday. And like her dad, she was born in a parking lot. Charlie Wojciechowski reports. (Published Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013)

    Like father, like daughter.

    When Hannah Pavlik was born over the weekend, she apparently continued what began as a family tradition almost exactly 33 years earlier.

    The 6 pound, 3 ounce little girl came into the world early Saturday in the parking lot of a BP gas station in far southwest suburban Yorkville. It was the eve of her father's birthday. He was born in the parking lot of the Louis Joliet Mall.

    "I just think that she's a chip off the old block. It's unbelievable," said Frank Pavlik, who missed the birth of his daughter because he was at work.

    Hannah's mother said she felt the contraction come on but thought she had plenty of time to get to the hospital.

    "I thought with this one that it was Friday night, around 10 o'clock at night, I thought, 'Oh, I've got about 10 hours.' So I started cleaning the house and packing my bags," Erica Pavlik recalled.

    She was wrong. Minutes later she and her own mother pulled off the road and delivered Hannah.

    "My mom was the one who had to catch her," she said.

    The Pavlik's now say their family is now complete, with two boys and one very special girl who will always have a great story to tell.