Introducing Sylvie Riel Hummingbird Kresser

July 28, 2011 in Uncategorized | 63 comments

sylvieI’m happy to announce that my wife Elanne gave birth at 9:44pm on July 23, 2011 to a beautiful baby girl.

Sylvie was born at home (in our bed, as a matter of fact!) weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces.

She’s healthy and doing very well as she explores this wide world outside the womb, and is diligently perfecting her breastfeeding technique.

Elanne and I are tired, as expected, but overflowing with joy and wonder. All the cliches are true – but don’t come close to expressing the reality of what it’s like to bring a child into the world and meet her for the first time. Of course all of you who are parents know exactly what I’m talking about.

I’m taking some time off from seeing patients and everything else I do to bond with Sylvie, rest and find a rhythm in this new family configuration. I do have a blog post I wrote before Sylvie’s birth I may post next week, but other than that things will be pretty quiet around here until I return to half-time work on August 8th.

In this quite space I’ve also had time to reflect on how fortunate I am to have such a passionate, engaged and supportive audience here on the blog, on my podcast and on Twitter and Facebook. I feel honored to be able to do this work and share it with you all, and I’m so grateful for your presence in this community.

I’ll leave you with a few more pictures… daddy has to change a dirty diaper!




{ 63 comments… read them below or add one }

Genevieve July 28, 2011 at 10:31 am

Have a wonderful Babymoon! She is BEAUTIFUL!! There is nothing more peaceful or more precious then a sleeping baby on your chest. God bless you and your family Chris!!


Lola July 28, 2011 at 10:48 am

I’m just listening to a podcast now and I saw t his. Congratulations… how beautiful.


Jane July 28, 2011 at 10:55 am

Ah, you forget they were once that tiny!


Suzan July 28, 2011 at 10:55 am



chuck July 28, 2011 at 10:57 am

Congrats!!! Sounds like you guys grew a good one. Keep it up.


Chava July 28, 2011 at 10:58 am

How wonderful! As we say here, mazal tov! She is amazing. Enjoy her!


Resurgent July 28, 2011 at 11:05 am

Many Many Congratulations…!!


Nikki July 28, 2011 at 11:05 am

The cliches are true! I remind myself to enjoy every moment, especially when I’m awake in the middle of the night breastfeeding because it really DOES go by very fast! Enjoy this magical time with your family. She is gorgeous and I love her hair!


Raj Ganpath July 28, 2011 at 11:08 am

Hey Chris – Many congrats to you guys!


Sandhya July 28, 2011 at 11:09 am

What a beauty! Congrats to you both.


Amanda July 28, 2011 at 11:10 am

Congratulations! She is adorable!! Enjoy every moment you have with her :)


Liss July 28, 2011 at 11:13 am

Congratulations! there is nothing more precious than a healthy new life coming into this world. Enjoy fatherhood and all the best to you and your new growing family!


Tracy July 28, 2011 at 11:16 am

She’s adorable and squishy! It’s great to hear that the home-birthing went so well. The baby feet picture is a heart melter! Much congrats to the new rents, and happy diaper changing! :)


Petros July 28, 2011 at 11:17 am

congratulations man, she’s beautiful. Hope mom and daughter (and you i guess xD) are doing well! Thanks for everything you do, enjoy you’re work.


Rosalyn Larson July 28, 2011 at 11:19 am

Having a baby is a wonderful thing.
All my best to you and Mommy,


Paul Jaminet July 28, 2011 at 11:21 am

Congratulations Chris!!! A beautiful baby! My best to Elanne.


Julie Mikos July 28, 2011 at 11:22 am

Hooray and welcome to Sylvie! Looks like you’ve been taking some gorgeous pics on your own, but let me know when you want to schedule our photo session! Can’t wait to meet her!


Elena Sarytchev July 28, 2011 at 11:25 am

Chris, wow….how beautiful she is! How very great to hear that everything is wonderful! My sincere congratulations and warmest regards!!


Cara Zaller July 28, 2011 at 11:31 am

She’s absolutely perfect! Congrats.


Lynn & Bob July 28, 2011 at 11:42 am

Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl! And for having her “the old fashioned way”. We forget how natural a process it is, or rather, can be. All the best to the 3 of you!


Lisa July 28, 2011 at 11:45 am

Those pictures are so precious! Congratulations.


The Life and Adventures of Cateepoo July 28, 2011 at 11:48 am

She is stunningly beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing her with us. Congratulations.


Justin Ross July 28, 2011 at 11:51 am

Congrats! I’m glad everything went well. :)


Tim Lundeen July 28, 2011 at 11:57 am

Congratulations! I’m delighted for you and Elanne.


Rachel July 28, 2011 at 11:58 am

Many congratulations are your new family member :)


Ellen July 28, 2011 at 11:59 am

OOOOH those little feet! Mazel Tov! Or maybe Mazel Toe.


nicole July 28, 2011 at 12:01 pm

yahoo! congrats guys! babies born at home are such happy babies…and so are their mamas and dads who get to be comfy in their own beds :)


Denis July 28, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Congratulation from the UK. 8 pounds, 6 ounces is a good weight.


Margaret Wilde July 28, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Congratulations and best wishes!


Katharine July 28, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Marvellous news. What a relief!


Jessica July 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Awwww! She’s gorgeous! SO happy you were able to have a home birth and that everything went smoothly. That is always such a blessing to hear! :)

Enjoy your time with your family. Now is such precious time!


Ben July 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Congrats. Beautiful family. Best wishes.


Kymberly July 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Congratulations on your home birth! It’s never too early to start considering the possibility of homeschooling when the time comes. One perk is that it provides greater parental control over your child’s nutritional environment. : )


Gail Griffith July 28, 2011 at 12:58 pm

How wonderful! She is beautiful, and a blessed child to be born into your family.




Chris July 28, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Great news and beautiful photos


Roger Elliott July 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Congratulations Chris, she’s absolutely beautiful. I’m so impressed with your wife and your bravery and conviction in doing childbirth the natural way. Our second was born this way and it was such a different experience. Enjoy.


szara July 28, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I’m so happy for you both. Glad to hear all went well. Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl.


Cherry July 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Congratulations! The pictures are so precious <3

I think it's super cool that Slyvie was born where she was probably made. Good thing it wasn't at the movie theaters! :P

Kidding aside, thank you for sharing this special moment with us.


Lindsay July 28, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Congratulations! What a beautiful baby girl! Enjoy this time with your new family.


Dana July 28, 2011 at 2:33 pm

FEETS! Teh FEETS! *mooshymelt* d’aaaaawwwwww!!!

Congrats to both of you! Babies are awesome. :D


Carol Wright July 28, 2011 at 5:28 pm

What a beautiful little girl . I know how happy you must be, as happy as I am with my two lovely daughters. May Sylvie bring as much joy into your life as my daughters have in mine.


terrence July 28, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Congratulations on your beautiful little girl, Chris and Elanne.

I found with my son that the particular day was ( yes, down to the day) was the best day. Babies, toddlers, grade one, two, three,… was the best.

Try some feet pictures of all three of you – babies, mommies, than daddies ((()))


Stephanie July 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Congratulations! She is absolutely beautiful. Enjoy your time with her :)


WP July 28, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Congratulations, Chris! Many blessings for the newborn!


susan July 28, 2011 at 8:18 pm

congratulations, her little footsies are adorable!


Becky Leppard July 28, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Love those precious feet. Enjoy the miracle and have fun bonding.


Kathy July 28, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Congratulations on your beautiful new daughter! And thanks for sharing the pictures!


Jackson July 29, 2011 at 4:13 am

Congratulations to you and your family, she looks beautiful.
No doubt she is one healthy baby.
Best regards,


Brenden July 29, 2011 at 6:53 am

Congrats! She is adorable!


Anne July 29, 2011 at 8:28 am

She is precious. Congratulations!


Lou July 29, 2011 at 9:25 am

Congratulations to you both! She’s beautiful – enjoy all the moments of wonder!


Janeen July 29, 2011 at 9:55 am

What a blessing! You daughter is beautiful and looks like a picture of health! Give your wife a high five from me! She’s done a very good thing indeed.


Ted July 29, 2011 at 10:35 am

God bless her. Best wishes in the days (and nights) ahead. -T.


grace July 29, 2011 at 2:33 pm

OMG She’s perfect!!!!!!!!!!! And epigenetically too! :) Congratulations Chris and to your beautiful wife!

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James Randorff July 29, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Congrats, doc-daddy! :)


Kurt G Harris July 29, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Congratulations! I was just about to email you to see if the happy “event” had occurred yet.

Take Care… Hope you bought some AU before the runup : )


Patrick July 30, 2011 at 3:34 am

What a beautiful girl and a name to match. Congratulations.


Jim July 30, 2011 at 8:17 am

Beautiful! Congratulations!!


Ned Kock July 30, 2011 at 8:20 am

Congrats Chris!!!


Maggie July 30, 2011 at 9:11 am

Yay! Congrats & many blessings!


Michael Barker July 30, 2011 at 11:13 am

Congrats on starting an adventure which change your life in ways you can’t possibly know.


simona July 31, 2011 at 1:57 pm

She’s perfect and she’s lucky to have you as parents. All the best wishes for you.


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