Sunday, July 25 at 9:27 PM, the world welcomed the arrival of Emmelia Rose McGowin at the Family Beginnings Birthing Center in Dayton, OH. She weighed an amazing 9 lbs 9 oz and measured 21 inches long.
Her name is pronounced like "Amelia" and we'll probably call her "Emme" (pronounced "Emmy") or "Emme Rose" for short. Her namesakes are her mommy (smile) and St. Emmelia of Caesarea, a daughter of martyrs, wife of St. Basil the Elder and mother of St. Basil the Great, St. Macrina the Younger, and St. Gregory of Nyssa. She mothered ten children, all of whom were faithful disciples of Jesus, and founded a monastery in her old age with her daughter, Macrina.
Here are a few photos of Emmelia's first couple days. I hope to post something in the next couple weeks telling the story of her birth, which was natural and coached by her father. We are truly blessed to welcome this new life! Please keep our family in your prayers.