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First baby of the new year welcomed by siblings, parents



Xavier Navarro couldn’t contain his excitement as he looked down on his new baby sister, lying in their mother’s hospital bed.

The 4-year-old jumped up and down, causing his sneakers to blink flashing red lights, which reflected on the shiny hospital floor.

As Xavier jumped for joy, his twin brother, Alexander, exclaimed, “And she has a little, tiny nose!”

Tuesday afternoon, Xavier and Alexander couldn’t stop using the word “tiny” to describe their new sister, the area’s first New Year’s baby.

“She has tiny lips!” Xavier cried.

“Look at her tiny feet,” Alexander said.

Sleepily, baby Giselle opened her mouth.

“And a tiny tongue,” laughed Xavier.

But mostly, the twins had questions for their parents:

“Can she talk?”

“How does she take a bath?”

“How will she eat?”

“Does she wear diapers?”

“Is she going to poop?”

“Will she be whiny?”

Patiently, Victor and Veronica answered the barrage of questions, explaining that Giselle doesn’t talk, will need help taking a bath and will only drink milk for the first few months.

Yes, she wears diapers. Yes, she will poop. And, yes, she’ll probably be whiny, just like her older brothers are on occasion.

During the question-and-answer period, Giselle’s older sister Julianna stayed in her father’s arms and silently assessed the newcomer.

Julianna will turn 2 on Jan. 8, and she wasn’t immediately ready to give up her place as the baby of the family.

After about 20 minutes, Julianna declared her little sister “pretty,” and a few moments later, leaned down and kissed her head.

As Julianna kissed her sister, Xavier declared, “Mommy, I like her.”

The boys said the baby would be a great addition to the family—and seemed thrilled to welcome their sister.

Their mom was not initially so sure that another baby would be a good idea. After all, she will now take care of four children under the age of 4.

After Julianna, Victor and Veronica thought their family was complete. He serves in the U.S. Marine Corps; she is a stay-at-home mom.

“We were officially done,” Veronica said. “We had our boys, we had our girl. She [Giselle] was a surprise baby, then a surprise New Year’s baby.”

Little Giselle wasn’t expected until later in the month. Her parents still hadn’t decided on a name as the year was drawing to a close.

Sunday night, they stayed up and hashed it out, finally agreeing on Giselle Celeste. Giselle means “a promise,” Veronica said. And Celeste means “heavenly.”

“We just thought that she’s a heavenly promise, because she wasn’t a planned baby,” Veronica said.

And at midnight on Tuesday, Veronica went into labor. She recognized the signs right away, and called a friend to come watch the children.

Veronica and Victor went to Stafford Hospital Center around 4:30 a.m. At 6:27, Giselle entered the world, weighing 7 pounds, 10 ounces. She was 20 1/2 inches long.

Veronica hadn’t initially wanted a New Year’s baby. One of the twins was born on Halloween (the other was born in the wee hours of Nov. 1), and Veronica didn’t want another child to have to share a birthday with a holiday.

But at Stafford Hospital Center, the labor and delivery nurses were thrilled to have the area’s first New Year’s baby. At Mary Washington Hospital, the first baby showed up at 10:39 a.m. And at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, the first baby of the year arrived at 4:26 p.m.

Alexander and Xavier didn’t seem to care that their sister was the first area baby born in 2013. But they couldn’t wait to welcome Giselle to their Quantico home.

They repeatedly asked when Giselle and their mom would leave the hospital, often pointing to the clock and wondering where the hands would be pointing.

Xavier worried that Giselle would cry if she slept in the crib at their house.

“I think you should put her in my bed, so I can take care of her,” he suggested.

And when Giselle let out a tiny whimper, Alexander whispered, “It’s OK,” while stroking her hair.

Xavier leaned in and softly sang, “Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are.”

Giselle soon quieted.

Xavier turned to his mom with one last question: “Mommy, is she happy because we’re here?”

Veronica smiled.

“Yes, she’s happy because she wanted to meet you.”


Giselle Navarro was the first New Year’s baby to be born at the three Fredericksburg-area hospitals. She arrived at 6:27 a.m. at Stafford Hospital Center.

At 10:39 a.m., Mike and Lisa McGill welcomed Collin James, their first child. Collin was the first baby born in 2013 at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg. He weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and was 19 inches long.

At Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, the first baby of the new year arrived at 4:26 p.m. David Steenberg and Lynsi Liddell welcomed their son, Gabriel Christian, who weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long.

Amy Flowers Umble: 540/735-1973