Sitting at my desk reviewing a probable cause affidavit in preparation of meeting with a first time client, I heard a short knock on the door followed by the door bursting open before I even had a chance to respond to the knock. I knew such a knock followed by an immediate opening of the door could only be one of two people—my exuberant daughter, Addie, or the firm’s bookkeeper. Given that it was in the morning, far too early for a visit from Addie and her mother, my wife, I fully expected to look up and see the firm’s bookkeeper. Despite my expectations, in rushed Addie, her hair in full bounce, as she shouted, “hey dad, watcha doin?” Addie assumed her seat that was located across the desk from me and proceeded to watch me work. I continued to review the probable cause affidavit as I waited for my wife to come into my office. Several minutes passed by without any sign of my wife. I knew what the next words out of Addie’s mouth would be, and sure enough, Addie shouted, “Dad, can I go hang out with Lisa in her office?” I said “no” and, for the first time, wondered if my wife had just pulled a drive by Addie-ing.
Several minutes later I heard my wife enter my office. I barely had the opportunity to look up from my desk when my wife threw what looked to be a magic marker across the surface of my desk towards me. I picked up the object and wondered why my wife was giving me a magic marker. Confused, I took a closer look at the object and realized I was holding a fancy pregnancy test stick. Without any hesitation, I read the words and immediately and prominently uttered a word that I would regret and pay for over the next several months—I said, “no.” Someday I will explain why I said no, but that was the beginning of what would change our little family for the better.
Eight or so months later my wife gave birth to my second daughter, Vivi, who is also known as, Vivienne, the Vivster, the Vivonator, the Veevee Baby, Bubs-be, Buby and Mozzi. Here is some additional information, complete with pictures, about the Vivster:
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