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Girl named for a 'heavenly promise' is region's first baby born in 2013

 The Navarro siblings, (from left) Alexander, Xavier and Julianna, crowd around their baby sister, Giselle, and mom, Veronica, on Tuesday.
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Date published: 1/2/2013

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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 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."

Amy Flowers Umble: 540/735-1973
Email: aumble@freelancestar.com


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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 inches long.