DENVER — At only 9-days-old, Tanner Griffith has already had quite the adventure.
While his future friends will have probably been born in hospitals, Tanner could show them exactly where he was born: at the intersection of Himalaya and Chenango in Aurora, in the front seat of his parents Acura.
“We were watching a movie,” said mom Emily Griffith. “We were watching ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting,’ ironically.”
Eric and Emily Griffith have two older children who took their time entering the world, so they were prepared to take this birth slow.
“We decided to wait to go to the hospital until my water broke, well my water never broke,” Emily said.
But at a certain point she knew this was the real thing. The pair jumped into their Acura Integra, and on the way to Parker Adventist, got a surprise.
“We got about a mile away and I felt the head come out,” Emily said.
“I saw his head and his shoulders just kind of there and I put my hands down there and next thing I know it was, ‘Plop!’ and he landed right in my hands,” said Eric.
Eric called 911 and the dispatcher pointed out she didn’t hear the wailing sounds of a newborn baby. Worried and flustered, Eric says instinct took over.
“We kind of flipped him over and I rubbed his chest 3-4 times and then he just started crying and it was the most beautiful sound I’ve ever heard,” Eric said.
After giving his parents a story to tell, Tanner is back to being a baby. But Eric and Emily know this probably won’t be the last time mischievous little Tanner gives them a scare.