Kimberly gave James naming rights for their first daughter, dubbed Olivia:
“I gave him full naming power,”
Though, James says, he was thrown for a loop:
“But she did throw that one in my lap. We wanted her to come out and then see what her name would be.”
So how did he settle on Olivia?
“she looked like an Olivia. There’s an olive tree in Israel that’s special to us,” he explains.
Adds wife Kimberly:
“We spent time under it when we first met in Israel, then we went back to this tree when I was pregnant.”
So sweet! But was welcoming the little one just as pleasant?
“We were one of those couples who was all about natural birth. We had the right doctor, we had the right doula and the right nurse at the hospital,”
“Kimberly did it as naturally as she could, but at the end of the day we were very glad we were in the hospital.”
To which his wife adds:
“The labor was tough,”
“but you forget about it the second they put her in your arms.”
She was definitely worth it — Olivia is so precious, and great pick on the name. Congrats to the Van Der Beeks!