Ellie is a month old now. Her Tante Michaela (Marti’s cousin) got us these stickers that we can put on Ellie and take pictures of, to show her growth month by month.
Ellie is so special that it warranted a welcome from the President and Michelle.
It’s nice to see some mainstream media acknowledging that home births are actually safer than hospital births. Being advocates for home birth, and having had one ourselves, Marti and I are very open for discussion if you have any questions about it.
The birth story of Ellie Grace Clements doesn’t begin on 6/25/13 for me. It began in the living room of our pastor, Terri Dieter, with Terri, Michelle Demus, Katie Stermer, Dave and I. I had just been through a bunker night with them, with God setting me free from some things, many hurts, and so many lies. It was close to Labor Day of 2011.
We were chatting in the living room before saying goodnight and Katie said something about us having children. I said, “Dave and I aren’t having kids. We have decided it is just not for us and its not who we are. It may be selfish but we just don’t feel like we want to have children”. In typical Katie fashion she laughed and said “well God showed me that you ARE totally having kids.” We chatted a bit more and Katie just laughed and said “I know you two are having children…I saw you with them!” Michelle and Terri both had GIANT grins and Michelle agreed and Terri said she believed we were going to have children as well. At this point in time, both Dave and I were adament that there was NO child or children anywhere in our future. Continue reading “My extremely long dissertation on the birth and events leading up to the birth of Ellie Grace”
We were very excited when we first met and hired Katrina as our midwife. She just fit our personality types very well (laid back, sensible, professional, nature-driven) and we knew that it was a good fit.
Well, here we are now, over 7 months later with a baby in our hands, so I thought I’d write a little about our overall experience.
Katrina was wonderful throughout Marti’s pregnancy. She was always gentle, informative, flexible and friendly. No question was ever too stupid, no concern ever too trivial and no need ever unmet. Continue reading “Our experience with Katrina Hollon, Holistic Maternity”
Here’s a few select photos from day 1
Our perfect little girl, Ellie Grace, was born this afternoon at 2.51 pm, weighing in at 8 lbs 4 oz and measuring 22in long.
Both Marti and Ellie are doing exceptionally well, despite a difficult 24-hr long labour.