We are happy to announce that on June 16th, 2011 at 6:22pm, our baby girl, Mercy Adoniyah Klein Burtt was born.  She weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces and is 20 1/4 inches long.

Our “Home Born” Baby



Marie and the baby are doing great!  She was born at our home in Thousand Oaks, California.  Yes, you read that right, our child was born at our HOUSE.  Are we crazy?  Probably.  It’s not as hippie-ish as you’d think.  We had our attending physician at our home, along with a certified midwife.  So, don’t think that we were just going it alone and I was standing by with some garden shears for the umbilical cord – it was planned and we had the proper people and procedures in place.


Everything went perfectly well, and Mama and Baby are doing spectacular!  I have to give some respect to my wife.  She just pushed out a watermelon with not so much as a piece of leather to bite down on.  She’s a trooper.  Also, remind me to never get into a fist fight with her – something tells me she can take a punch better than I can.  On top of that, there was a point where she almost ripped my wrists off with her hands – she’s that strong!


Here are some pics for you to gawk over our awesome kid!

Auntie Sarah made this blanket!


Baby Mercy with Aunt Sarah

Baby Mercy with Aunt Cacey


We chose the name Mercy based on Matthew 9:12-13 –

When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.  But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’  For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

The name Adoniyah is a feminine form of the Hebrew name Adonijah, which means “the Lord is my God.”

We are really blessed to have her in our family!

More pictures coming soon 🙂


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