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Our Best Christmas Present Ever

12/24/2009 07:53:00 PM Edit This 1 Comment »
Today our darling Genevieve turned one-year-old. I can't believe it! My baby is not a baby anymore!

Last year, on Christmas Eve morning, Reed had gotten up with Lara so that I could sleep in for a little while. I wasn't due until January 4th but I was thinking to myself "Self, wouldn't it be great if the baby came today?" Now, I had been saying that to myself for a whole week at this point so I didn't really think it would actually happen. I got out of bed and my water broke. Weird feeling but unmistakable. I ran into Lara's bedroom and told Reed that we were going to be at the hospital for the rest of the day and that we'd better get ready (because of course I hadn't packed anything). Contractions hadn't started yet so I took my sweet time getting ready- took a shower, finished packing, and then we opened all our presents. I knew I wasn't going to be around for Christmas and I wanted to be there when Lara opened her presents. Later on that night, Genevieve Noelle was born. All 7 pounds and 8 ounces of her.

Reed and I like to be surprised at the last minute as to the gender of our baby. I thought Vivi was a boy up to the moment I saw her. Luckily we had a boy's AND a girl's name in mind way before Vivi was born. Genevieve was chosen because it was French and Reed had spent a lot of time in Geneva on his mission. It was also the name of my first french teacher in college and I had liked the name at the time. Noelle was Reed's choice as a first name (I disagreed) so we comprised and thought it would be a good name for a baby born around the holiday time. Little did we know that she would decide to come on Christmas Eve (Get it? Genvi-EVE?).

Vivi has accomplished a lot in her first year. She is now only one pound away from Lara and is pretty much in the same size clothes as Lara (2T). She has taken a few steps and, I'm sure, will be walking confidently by the new year. She eats everything in sight and knows when anybody within 100 yards has food. It is great fun watching her when she eats! (Video of her eating her birthday cake will be posted soon).

Happy Birthday, Genevieve! We are so glad you are a part of our eternal family. You are our best Christmas present ever and we love you so much!


amonkeyslife said...

Happy late birthday Vivi! :-)