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New Year's baby 'heavenly'
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

BY AMY FLOWERS UMBLE

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.


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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.