A little bitty person who had just begun her life.
I bought her a book at Pottery Barn Kids: Madeline's Christmas.
We passed out little cards that said "Baby Love" to Howard's family at the end of opening presents. Inside each card we wished "Grandma" or "Grandpa" or "Uncle" or "Aunt" a Merry Christmas!
We still laugh at the oddest human reaction I've ever seen when we arrived in Tulsa and responded to how our trip was with, "Well, you know it takes a little longer with a baby in the car." No one moved. Like NO facial expressions whatsoever. You would think at least bewildered looks or puzzled faces. Nothing. It's like the processing of that comment shut down all mental resources for four people simultaneously. It was an awesome true surprise!!
It was also a year ago that joy meddled with severe anxiety when I was in the ER on Christmas night being told our pregnancy was ectopic. But then they weren't sure.
It wasn't ectopic.
And it wasn't a girl.
And we couldn't be more thrilled. :)