Arya Rose Parker Arrives on Winter Solstice - 2016

(Posted 12/22/2016) -

After laboring through most of Tuesday (Dec 20th), Kat delivered a beautiful baby girl on the morning of the 21st - the day of the Winter Solstice.

Arya Rose Parker weighed in at 7 lbs 11 oz, and was 18 3/4 inches long. She was born 12:31 AM; graciously putting a 3-day interval between her birthday and grand-daughter Payton Wallace's birthday on the 18th. This will allow grandparents Jon and Pat to more easily shuttle between Texas and Illinois for future birthday celebrations.

I took this photo when Arya was less than a day old -- she was content to sleep through the afternoon and her mom was quite happy to hold her.

Current plans are for the Parker family to visit us Christmas Day to exchange gifts and enjoy a nice meal. I suspect most of the visit will involve us all admiring the newest Parker -- she is quite the cutie.

Here's wishing everyone a great Holiday Season and a wonderful new year!