Please join us in welcoming Emerakaya Berdine Gallo to this world!
It was a wonderful birth. Third time is the charm! We had a night and day of mild labor and only 5 hours of hard labor. With the help of two extremely competent and helpful midwives Emerakaya was born at 2:22 am on the 6th of November. The name Emerakaya came to Wendy back in January before conception. She did not know where the name came from, then a few months later, it started to make sense. Kaya means wise child in Hopi. Emera is sounded out like emeralds. Berdine, known as Berdi (“Birdy”), was her maternal, maternal great grandma. To me, her name brings to mind good times from Hopi land, nature, and hope for the future.
Wendy was amazing throughout. The kids did not even wake up! The next morning was magical, with both kids figuring it out out and eagerly awaiting their visit into the bedroom, and then looking at her with such excitement. It felt like Christmas Morning!
After the inital bliss, things got real tough. Elijah came down with a nasty virus on her birthday, complete with a suprise vomit on the kitchen table. It has been touch and go ever since, and we are just now getting to the Blog, thanks to Grandma Gerry, aka GiGi, coming to help. Thank goodness also that Emerakaya is such a sweet girl.
There have been many wonderful moments though. Our first family walk up to the rock comes to mind, as does the visit from Nono and Nona, and Thanksgiving when Grandma Kate, Auntie Annie, and GiGi all came and cooked up a fantastic feast!
Also, as a point of housekeeping, we are firing up the blog again, with a focus on resilience at the personal, family, and regional level. See the Home page above for an overview, and click on the “Follow” button on the right column to get an e-mail when we make a new post.
And we’ll continue to add pictures to our flickr site as they come, and for the time being you can view the slideshow for family photos post birth!