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Days Before Surprise Baby News, Barbara Bush Shared Her Future Plans and the ‘Silver Liningof ‘Unusual’ 年

Days Before Surprise Baby News, Barbara Bush Shared Her Future Plans and the 'Silver Lining' of 'Unusual' Year

Days before giving birth, 芭芭拉·布什 talked to PEOPLE about her plans for the future, what it was like to live with her parents this past year and tearfully remembered herGampy,” 已故 George H. W. 衬套.

While Barbara, 39, remained mum that she was expecting, her pregnancy was just around the corner: 星期一, she welcomed daughter 佐治亚州科拉, her first child with actor-writer husband 克雷格·科恩.

Her PEOPLE interview last week was on another subject — the annual George H.W. Bush Points of Light Awards celebration, which she co-chairs. (事件, honoring change-makers, will be held Tuesday night in New York City and streamed online.)

During a chat with twin sister 珍娜·布什·海格 and their cousins Lauren Bush Lauren and Wendy Wear Stapleton, all co-chairs of the awards as well, Barbara looked back at her life and work amid 新冠肺炎, the lessons she’s learned and what’s next.

Pre-pandemic, the Global Health Corps board chair had been in Boston for graduate school — then she and Coyne hunkered down with her parents. Barbara told PEOPLE last week they were recently on the move though, havingspent the majority of the last yearat the Bush ranch in Texas.

Her sister was quick to interject. “They live in their basement,” Hager joked.

“这不是真的,” 芭芭拉 说.

Metaphorically, you do,” Hager, 39, 添加.

好的: “Metaphorically, we live in their basement,” 芭芭拉, 39, 说过. “We always lived in their basement metaphorically, but on a literal standpoint, we did live with them for the majority of the past year.

But the couple’s time at the ranch had come to a close.

That’s a big step, moving out of your parentshouse when you’ve moved back in, in your 30s, but we’re doing it,” 芭芭拉 说.

As it has been for many people, navigating the pandemic was a challenge for Barbara and Coyne. But she says temporarily staying with her mom and dad, 前总统 乔治·W. 衬套 和前第一夫人 劳拉·布什, 曾经是一个 “silver lining.

Barbara Bush and Craig Coyne

Barbara Bush and Craig Coyne
从左边开始: Craig Coyne and Barbara Pierce Bush
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We thought it would be for a handful of weeks,” 芭芭拉 说. “We didn’t anticipate that it would be for the majority of a year. But it’s time that we never otherwise would’ve had.

“每天和某人在一起的简单真的很可爱,” 她说, 添加, “We could have quiet moments with them and we would take the dog for a walk after dinner every night.

In hindsight, it was a precious period of peace.

The downtime of just being together has been really beautiful,” 她说. “I know it’s something that I’ll always remember and likely will never have again. That’s been a real bonus during what has been an unusual and complicated year.

Barbara said last week that she and her husband were in Maine for the moment — where she gave birth on Monday — but have plans to move back to New York City, where she won’t be too far from her sister.

In a joint statement announcing the birth of their grandchild, the former president and first lady said Tuesday that Cora was bornnot far from our family home where Barbara and Craig were married [在 2018].”

Cora is healthy and adorable, and we are proud and grateful,” the Bushes said in their statement.

芭芭拉·布什

芭芭拉·布什
芭芭拉·布什
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与人交谈, Barbara — who keeps a lower profile than her 今天 co-host twin — was focused on spreading the message about her beloved grandfather’s legacy, which is being honored at Tuesday’s Points of Light Awards gala.

This is not a quote from our grandfather, it’s from Mr. 罗杰斯: ‘Look for the helpers,’ ” 她说, admitting that she wastearing upthinking about the late president. “I feel like this past year and a half has been a good reminder to look for the helpers, 这是, 当然, why we’re honoring those that will be honored.

I think many of us thought at the beginning of this year, that this year was going to look different,” 她继续. “当然, that’s not exactly what happened, which is why it’s so important tolook for people that are trying to stay positive and serve others and make a difference in whatever way they can. 明显地, that was incredibly important to our grandfather.

The former first daughter is devoted to her own good works. Before the pandemic, Barbara traveled often for her job with Global Health Corps, which she co-founded. She hopes to get back to international travel when it’s safe.

It’s been really healthy to be grounded, but a big adjustment. I miss my colleagues,” 她说. “Our work has not been slow at Global Health Corps. 很遗憾, this past year has really showed why we need more great creative, young leaders solving problems in global health. 如果有什么, it’s been a validating notion of why this work matters.

As Barbara explained, “I’m really looking forward to those reunions. Zoom is great and being virtual is great, but I miss laughing with people and having meals with people and just spending time together.