Dec 28, 2012 12:56 AM by Jacqui Heinrich, email@example.com
Here's a Christmas story that will be told by a family from Florissant for many years to come: their baby girl-- due on Christmas day-- finally arrived...but a little too soon to make it to the hospital. She was born in the front seat of their pickup truck.
"I don't know what we're going to put on her birth certificate. Highway 24 between Divide and Woodland Park?" Buddy Hartman told News 5's Jacqui Heinrich, laughing with his wife Julie.
Two days past her due date, baby Allison decided it was time to come into the world, and she didn't wait to get to the hospital.
"I started screaming 'She's coming, she's coming!' Then three contractions later, she was there. She was born in the front seat of our truck," Julie Hartman, Allison's mom said. "I was wearing my pajamas and she came out in my pajama bottoms!"
Buddy Hartman told News 5, "She said, 'She came!' and I was like, 'What do you mean she came?' and then I heard her cry and I was like, oh my lord."
Allison was born just after 5:00 AM; it was only ten degrees outside. "The truck was still cold the whole dash was still frosted over so I had a little window to try and drive down the road," Buddy Hartman said.
Dad didn't stop to pull over, still trying to make it to the hospital. When they arrived the umbilical cord was still attached, but baby Allison was in her mother's arms. "It was like one of those stories you always see on TV but never happens to you. Well, it happened to us," Julie said.
The Hartmans say they were thinking about trading the truck in for an upgrade with leather seats, but not anymore. "Maybe one day we can give it to her when she turns 16," Julie said.
Dad has some words of advice if anybody else finds themselves in his situation: "If this is happening, carry around two towels and put them on the bottom because I'm very lucky to say nothing got on the seats."
Mom says Dad got some education too. "I was really angry with him because he wasn't listening to me. The lesson you learned is when your wife wakes up at 3:00 in the morning and says 'I'm having contractions lets go to the hospital', you'll listen!"
The family wants to thank the doctors for their quick attention once they did arrive at the hospital, and their truck for providing such a spacious ride for their newborn to arrive in.