On April 17, 2012 a daughter was born! Adelaide Eileen Martinka came into this world after over 36 hours of labor weighing 7 pounds, 7 ounces and 18 inches long.

June 22, 2012 during an unrelated hospitalization, Addie was diagnosed with Achondroplasia, the most common type of dwarfism caused by a mutation in the FGFR3 gene. She will, most likely, be about 4 feet tall.

This is a big story about a little person we are so blessed to have and hold, and the life we all share:

Chelley, Addie and Dave Martinka



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  1. Becca Odom

    I found you at random through links from a facebook post. I read the article about you getting the pickle name changed. Honestly, I didn’t know that the m-word was derogatory (not that I went around calling people that, but still). I’m so glad I got to read that article. I make it a point not to use derogatory words as adjectives. I really hate when people say that and I point it out to them. I just found a new one that I’ll point out to people. Addie is beautiful and I wish your family all the best!

  2. Tara

    I too did not know that midget was considered derogatory. I always thought it was used as a distinction between types of dwarfism. For example, I thought midgets where differentiated by their small fingers and hands as well as limbs, where a dwarf had normal hands and the smaller limbs. I try to always talk in a way that is encouraging and up-building and have to catch myself not to say things that are no longer “politically correct”. So thank you for bringing this to my attention. I must say that I love the pictures of your daughter she is too stinking adorable! I look forward to seeing more.

  3. Celina

    I am not sure if you are aware, but tupperware also uses that term as the name of a product (several actually). You may already be in contact with tupperware about this, but I thought I would let you know anyway. Your daughter is beautiful, thank you for fighting for her rights before she can do it herself!

  4. Such a gorgeous family photo. Thank you for sharing your story with us. You are inspiring and helping others.

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