Theo’s story starts in July 2013. Saul and I were living in an old barn with no running water. Saul was working at the Menomonie food Co-op and I was attending births and working part time at Legacy Chocolates. We were excited, frightened and everything in between! The first trimester went smoothly with only a little bit of nausea which was cured by pickled herring for breakfast and lots of raw cabbage with lime and salt.
The first week of October Saul and I hit the road. We spent three months visiting family and friends in Washington, California, Texas and everywhere in between! The trip was an incredible blessing, bringing hard times and growth as well as good times and beautiful memories.
We returned to the Midwest in the middle of January. We moved into yet another barn–this one was fully restored and furnished with lots of running hot water! I spent the next month nesting and preparing to give birth and take care of a tiny creature. Saul began his job search and settled into our new community. Things fell into place and by the time Theo was ready to come out we were settled and anxious to meet him!
One day before his birth, my sibling, Oliver, arrived by plane from California. That night we had a nice hot meal with several friends. The next day Saul, Rowen, and Oliver came together as an incredibly grounded and gentle birth team, supporting and loving me through each and every contraction. About 15 hours after the first contraction, Theo was caught and gently lifted out of the water by Saul and me. Our two amazing midwives, Rosa and Anna, held the space for us as we welcomed our tiny son onto Earth. Theo took a breath without much of a cry and then just looked at both Saul and me with clear, wise eyes. He was alert and watchful the whole first night.
I feel full of gratitude and joy. Thank you to all our loved ones–without you we would not be in this incredible peaceful and loving space.
- Theo's mom, Jessica