Rosemerry and Eric decorate another room in their hearts

Posted by on 07.20.08 | 1 Comment
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This is a guest post by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, a regular blogger on the Virtual Tea House.  She’s a little busy right now, so I’m posting this for her, to my blog. Four hours of labor…and a lifetime of preparation.

Congratulations to Rosemerry, Eric, Shawnee, Finn…and that lucky Orchard Girl Vivian!


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Eric and Rosemerry with the ‘let’s get this thing done’ expert, Vivian

Here she’s a few moments old. July 15, 2008

From Rosemerry:

Dear Friends,

Meet our new orchard girl, Vivian (no middle name yet), born July 15 at 12:13 a.m. as the peaches were turning pink on the branches outside the window and the apricots were being harvested from the trees nearby. She came into the world like she wanted to be here … waiting till she was fully ready (her due date was the day before) and then entering the world licketysplitly, as Finn would say. She’s a hearty nurser and loves to be held.

I am feeling great, though as if transported to some kind of parallel universe. For two days I have wanted to write you all about it and send pictures and thank you for all your support.

The labor was around four hours, beginning while Finn and I were playing cars on the porch before I was going to take him to school. Instead, Shawnee, Eric’s daughter who is home for a while before going to DU for graduate school, took him while I called the midwife, Bill, to say I wouldn’t be arriving for my appointment later that morning. He sent his assistant, Marlene, who arrived around 10:30am. At that point I was still able to take her on a garden tour of eggplants and zucchini, sampling apricots from the bins along our way. But she soon called the midwife, Bill, and said, “You’d better come quick!”

Around 11, harder labor hit, and Eric held my head and hummed to me, even took a picture of me midway and said “Smile,” which I did, just to prove I could, before the next contraction hit. Shawnee returned and joined us for the end, and the midwife arrived around 12:10pm, just after Vivian’s head had come out. Perfect timing to deliver the rest of the body and take care of the newborn. Though they thought she looked dainty, she weighs 7 pounds 3 ounces, is 19 inches long, has dark brown hair, blue eyes and is in perfect health.

After getting the call that the baby would be here soon, my mother, who lives nearby in Montrose (Colorado), baked a birthday cake (carrot, my favorite) and arrived with it shortly after 2pm. Eric, in addition to helping deliver the baby, kept the orchard running … managed the apricot harvest, took the workers to town to the bank, and picked up Finn at daycare. Talk about a superman. Finn walked in from school to meet her and said, “She’s beauty,” and loves to pet her and kiss her and check on “Baby Sister.”

The only downside to the fast labor was that my best friend, Michelle, who I had planned to be at the birth, was still driving to the orchard when the baby arrived. But she brought with her a large metal stencil sign that says ‘celebrate’ that is outside our front door, and that is exactly what we are doing—celebrating this beautiful life. My friend Art Goodtimes sent this poem the day after she was born:

orchard born  

what riper fruit can

we offer this hungry world

than our love made flesh?

-for our new goddess baby


Love to all of you,

Rosemerry, Eric, Shawnee, Finn & Vivian

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On a day when the wind is perfect,

the sail just needs to open

and the love starts.

Today is such a day.



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