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Express Delivery for Baby Boy

April 23, 2008
Express delivery for baby boy By Brittany Anas, Daily Camera Originally published 04:20 p.m., April 17, 2008 Updated 06:48 a.m., April 18, 2008 Dennis Schroeder / The Rocky Rena Kirkland holds her newborn son, Grant, as her husband, Nathan, center, and dispatcher Tony Spensieri recount the birth. A©2007 Yahoo! Inc.Data ©Navteq,TeleAtlas Welcome to the world, Grant Aldren Kirkland, you eager little guy. Here's what you should know: Your birthday is April 17. You were born at 9:04 a.m., and seemed to be in a bit of a rush. When people ask your place of birth, you can pull up MapQuest and point to the shoulder of the road at U.S. 287 and Lookout Road in Boulder County. Your 15 minutes of fame came quickly, as reporters and photographers huddled around you in your hospital room Thursday at Exempla Good Samaritan in Lafayette for an afternoon news conference, snapping photos of you, the morning rush-hour baby. You were gracious, a photogenic 8-pound, 3-ounce infant, bundled in a blanket and cap. Your mother, Rena Kirkland, doubled as your press secretary. "I think he's dreaming of being in my tummy," she said. Before you were born, your mom's friends asked if she was worried about going into labor during her commute from your Lyons home to Greeley, where she's in a doctoral program at the University of Northern Colorado studying psychology and education. She shrugged that off, saying: "That never happens." Your father, Nathan Kirkland, joked that he's glad the story of your birth is going to be in the newspaper and on the news because, otherwise, it might sound like a tall tale. Your parents were driving to the hospital together, and were still seven miles away when you announced yourself rather suddenly and forcefully. Your father dialed 911 and was told to pull over and tend to your mom. Absent from the spectacle was your 18-month-old brother, who was at home with a babysitter. Your mother, a trainer at Flatirons Athletic Club in Boulder, speculates you might be an outdoorsy kind of guy, given you were born on a scenic route. "Or maybe a race car driver," she joked. Or perhaps you'll go into law enforcement, your mom said, like the uniformed men who pulled over on the side of the road and helped deliver you. Colorado State Patrol troopers John Trentini and Edward Padilla happened to be nearby on speed patrol when your father called 911. They were joined by Boulder County sheriff's deputy Steve Aubry, who delivered a baby three decades ago as a rookie officer. "This was much calmer," Aubry said of your delivery. Not to take away from your special day, but Boulder County emergency dispatchers get two to three calls a year about mothers going into roadside labor.