Tag Archive: Birth

Nathaniel’s Birth and First Week

Nathaniel

We’re still celebrating and rejoicing in the safe arrival of Nathaniel Valor our eleventh child. These are some notes of his first few days of life. Before the birth The days leading up to Nathaniel’s birth were full of God’s grace and peace. I mentioned the special role that the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ played in…

Welcome to Little Olive #11

Nate

We are proud to announce the birth of our fifth son and eleventh child, Nathaniel Valor. Nathaniel Valor was born via c-section yesterday at 8:04am. He weighed 8 pounds, 7  ounces and 21 inches long. We had a wonderful family-centered c-section. He was immediately placed on my chest and never taken away from us.  …

Isabella’s Birth Story: Baby #10

Me holding Isabella while Dr. V finished the c-section

As I’m preparing for my second c-section in less than a week (I don’t mean 2 c-sections in less than a week, I mean that my second c-section is scheduled for less than a week from today ), I figured it was time to tell Isabella’s (pronounced eesabella with a long ‘e’ sound) birth story….

Ben and Bella

ben and bella birthday

While I was in the hospital giving birth to Bella (do you call it giving birth when you have a c-section?),  a friend of mine arrived at the same hospital to have her baby. She ended up having a little boy in the same hospital, with the same OB, on the same day that Bella…

Getting Undressed with Erb’s Palsy

Nicholas boots hat

Because brachial plexus injury or Erb’s Palsy is fairly uncommon and information on long term recovery is difficult to find I want to continue to publicly chronicle Nick’s journey. Our 2 year old son, Nicholas, was injured at birth.  His injury, brachial plexus palsy (BPI)or Erb’s palsy left his left arm paralyzed during the critical…

She’s Here

Our adorable baby girl was born this morning at 7:45 a.m! Both mommy and baby are doing well. here are her stats: Weight: 8 pounds 9 ounces. Length: 21 inches. Thank you everyone for your prayers. Her name and it’s meaning

Matthew’s Birth Story: Baby #3

Can you believe that I’m actually getting another birth story written? For men and children readers: I went into labor early on the morning of our fourth wedding anniversary and much  later that day our baby was born, our first boy whom we named Matthew.  Both baby and mother were fine. If you are a…

Kaitlin’s Birth Story: Baby #2 – Part 2

Continued from Kaitlin’s birth story – part 1… Since this is a birth story, here is a simpler version for my male readers and for any children who may read Raising Olives. Because of the events that occurred  in the first part of this story, Mark and I scheduled an induction, several hours later we…

Kaitlin’s Birth Story: Baby #2

The birth of our second child is two stories intertwined.   Often we don’t see God’s providence and mercies to us, but then every once in a while we get a glimpse, we see how intricately our stories are woven with the stories of others and how it all works together to make a beautiful…

Amber’s Birth Story: Baby #1

This is the birth story of our first child.  Since this is a birth story, I decided to do a simpler version for my male readers and for any children who may read Raising Olives. For men and children readers: I went into labor and a very long time later our baby was born, a…