For the second year in a row, Karen Giordano traded in her party dress for a hospital gown and rang in the New Year with a baby girl.
The Norwalk resident said she felt like she was having a dιjΰ
vu moment when she spent her second New Year's Day at Greenwich Hospital,
giving birth to a girl in the same room where she delivered the infant's
sister one year before.
Alana Giordano, who was born at 7:10 p.m.
on New Year's Day, will share her birthday with her sister, Carina
Giordano, who was born at 10:32 a.m. Jan. 1, 2003.
"It's kind of
the thing we do for New Year's," joked the girls' father, Angelo
Giordano added he could not help but think of the
financial benefits the couple would have enjoyed on their 2002 and 2003
tax returns had the girls been born a day earlier. "These girls don't want
to give daddy a tax break."
His wife said she wanted to avoid
another Jan. 1 birthday.
"I was hoping everyone would have their
unique day," said Karen Giordano, 37, a senior systems analyst for
Pepperidge Farm Inc.
But if anyone is used to celebrating a bundle
of year-end birthdays, it is Karen Giordano. She was born on Dec. 18, her
mother was born on Dec. 24, and her father was born on Dec.
What's more, two of her older sisters were born a year and one
day apart in April.
"I can get some advice from them," Karen
Giordano joked, then added that she would consider celebrating her
daughters' half-birthdays on different summer days. "I figure they can
each have a unique half-year birthday."
Although it was against
their parents' wishes, the two girls seemed determined to make an entrance
on a holiday that is celebrated around the globe. Carina was due on Dec.
26, 2002, but didn't arrive until New Year's Day last year, weighing in at
7 pounds and 7 ounces.
"They were giving me a shot of morphine as
the ball was dropping on TV," her mother recalled.
Alana was due on
Jan. 6, but made an early entry at 6 pounds, 3 ounces. Karen Giordano said
that when she checked into the hospital on the morning of Jan. 1, a nurse
put a wristband on her at precisely 10:32 a.m., the time Carina was
"I was looking at the clock and I said, 'Oh my gosh!' " she
"You should change her name to Dιjΰ Vu," joked her husband, a
Asked whether she had made any New Year's
resolutions this year, the girls' mother said she did have one goal in
"Not to have a third on Jan. 1, that's my New Year's
resolution," she said, smiling. "I made that during labor."