Fam­ily gets Christ­mas baby again

The Denver Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Brian Ea­son

Two years ago, when Meghan Bader was preg­nant with her first child, the Dec. 21 due date came and went with lit­tle fan­fare.

“Hon­estly, in our mind, we were like ‘any day but Christ­mas,’ ” hus­band Tony Bader said.

So, of course, it wasn’t un­til the night of Christ­mas Eve that Meghan went into la­bor. And baby boy Ben­jamin popped out just af­ter 2 p.m., Dec. 25, 2014.

Two years later to the day, Ben­jamin has a new baby sis­ter: Caro­line Bader, 8 pounds, 2 ounces, born at 9:01 Christ­mas morn­ing at Sky Ridge Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Lone Tree.

This time, once they found out the due date was Dec. 23, the Baders were kind of hop­ing for a Christ­mas en­core.

“It would’ve been kind of a bum­mer if she was born on Dec. 27,” Tony Bader said.

The odds Ben­jamin Bader, born seem as­tro­nom­i­cal. Dec. 25, 2014, shown with his mom, Meghan, Both kids born and sis­ter, Caro­line, on the same born Sun­day. day? Let alone Cour­tesy of the Bader fam­ily Christ­mas, of

all days. It was al­ready the Baders’ fa­vorite hol­i­day.

Both 33 years old, the Baders live in Cen­ten­nial and are schem­ing for how best to cel­e­brate. For now, the plan is to have smaller birth­day trees for Ben­jamin and Caro­line, with half the day de­voted to Christ­mas and half to birth­day fes­tiv­i­ties.

Then they might let the kids pick a se­cond “birth­day” for fol­low-up cel­e­bra­tions with friends. Christ­mas, af­ter all, isn’t an ideal time for a birth­day party with class­mates.

Ben­jamin is still pro­cess­ing the whole thing. “He was sort of con­fused,” Tony Bader said. “At one point he asked, ‘Where’s momma’s baby?’ And he pointed to her belly. And we said, ‘No she’s over there,’ and he cracked this huge smile.”

“It’s been wild,” Tony Bader added. “We love it. Ev­ery­body says sorry. (But) we think it’s re­ally, re­ally spe­cial.

“We’ll just have a re­ally ex­cit­ing Christ­mas every year, for­ever.”

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