Everyone, please say hello to Carmen Anne.
I won because I got the best birthday gift ever: a quick, healthy labor and a sweet, healthy baby girl.
Kendra wins the guessing game pretty handily - she was only an ounce off of Carmen's birth weight of 7 lbs 3 oz. Douglas also got the date right, so I guess he gets second.
Sunday morning we went in to the hospital at 7:15, and she was born at 12:18 pm. I got massively drugged up (this was by accident) and slept through the whole labor, but it apparently went well.
At 19 inches, Carmen's birth length is the same as Olivia's, but she weighs a half pound more - that half pound sure makes her look chubbier. So far she's a great sleeper (6 1/2 hours straight last night!) and loves to eat and snuggle. She is very floppy and funny.
- We both like it
- Easy to recognize, spell, and pronounce; gender obvious
- We like Bizet's opera
- Like Olivia, it's Spanish - I was a missionary in Spain
- Like Olivia, it has international flair: it comes from both Latin and Hebrew. Latin meaning: song. Hebrew meaning: garden
- Also like Olivia, it has religious significance: it is derived from Mt. Carmel, where Elijah challenged the priests of Baal
- My step-grandmother, Anne Christenson. Anyone who knows her would understand why we would want our daughter to be like her.
- We also have a couple of wonderful friends named Anne - oddly enough, they both married men named Simon (my grandma never did)
I know this is disjointed. So many feelings. But all of them happy. We love Carmen, and we're so glad she's here.