Vacaville residents Stephen and Nicki Bernardo's children are going to spend their lives having a hard time topping the Father's Day gift daughter Alivia Evelyn delivered this year.

And we do mean delivered. Alivia took her first breath in the hands of her father alongside Interstate-80 en route to the hospital on Father's Day.

While Alivia, dressed in pink, slept in the mother's arms on Wednesday, the couple recalled Sunday's events.

It was 2:30 a.m. when Nicki woke up, but they waited because she already had two false alarms, they said.

It was Stephen's call, so they dropped their two young sons off, Samuel, 7, and Micah, 3, at the grandparents' house and started the quick trip to NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield.

"We would have delivered in the bathroom if we waited any longer," Stephen said.

He admitted that he had no experience delivering babies except for reading something in a parenting book about emergency births. Nicki's water broke in the car and there was no waiting.

"She came out with no problem," Stephen said of his new daughter. "Like a rocket."

They quickly wrapped their new bundle of joy in blankets and drove the rest of the way to the hospital, where the rest of the birthing procedures took place, including cutting the umbilical cord.

Alivia was delivered a week and a half before her due date at 3:40 a.m. Sunday. She weighed 7 lbs and 8 oz and was 19 inches long.

Their family has also joked that the sweet baby girl should be named "Jeep Cherokee" after the vehicle she was born in or maybe even "Waterman" after the exit on I-80 near where she was born.

Samuel and Micah are ready to be big brother's to their new sister.

"They like her a lot," Nicki said.

With all the excitement surrounding her birth, Alivia is pretty calm.

"She's a nice quiet baby that likes to eat a lot," Nicki said.

Delivering on the side of the road was quite unexpected for the couple, to say the least. Stephen said the emergency room nurses were shocked when he came in calmly and told them that the baby was already delivered.

They had called the hospital to tell them they were on their way, but it didn't cross their minds to call an ambulance once they realized they weren't going to make it.

"We really didn't have time to think about it," Nicki said. "We were smiling on the way to the hospital thinking, did that just really happen?"

"We'll be telling this story for a long time," Stephen said.