The one in the middle.
Technically, the third Stephanie (on the other end) is also days away from having her first baby.
The Stephanie in blue is not.
Back to the middle Stephanie. And her beautiful baby.
I just had to share this because it’s really, really special to me for several reasons. It’s just what happens when your best friend has a baby…
They are about two of my favorite people ever.
Stephanie has proceeded down an aisle twice in her life for me.
That’s one more time than a good friend should have to do that, but she’s just that awesome.
She’s also been there for me in my roughest hour(s.)
Stephanie and her husband were in Vegas when Mr. Quirky and I got engaged.
They are fantastic people who deserve nothing but the best in life, including a beautiful daughter.
Their daughter weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces. They named her Claire. And will probably call her Claire Bear frequently.
I think Claire is going to love her quirky pseudo aunt in Kansas City.
And when she gets older, I will tell her all the some of the wild things her mama and I got to do together when we were name sharing, apartment sharing, fun-loving young women working at a newspaper in Rocky Mount, NC.
I will also advise her to love life like her mama, work hard and be responsible (most of the time) like her mama, manage her finances like her mama, be a wonderful friend like her mama and pick a good man who can cook like her daddy.
I’m loving little Claire already from afar.
Photo copyright 2010, Rob Ostermaier