The brother of ‘Chumpy’ Pullin’s widow Ellidy has paid tribute to his brother-in-law by driving at 2km/h with the baby niece in the car.
Dave Vlug has been a stalwart supporter of his sister since the Olympic snowboarder’s sudden death in July 2020 and throughout her pregnancy.
Ellidy Pullin announced the birth of a little girl named Minnie Alex, a homage to her late father, on Wednesday afternoon.
In an Instagram story posted on Friday, Mr Vlug is seen driving his car with Ellidy and the baby to a local cafe.
‘Bros driving legit 2km an hour cause he said that’s what Chumpy would be doing,’ Ellidy captioned the story.
‘I said, nah, he’d be doing 1km [laughing emoj].’
In other words – Mr Vlug was being protective for the little girl, who was conceived with sperm retrieved from Pullin.
‘Bros driving legit 2km an hour cause he said that’s what Chumpy would be doing,’ Ellidy captioned the Instagram story featuring her brother Dave driving her and newborn Minnie Alex
Dave Vlug has been a stalwart supporter of his sister Ellidy since the sudden death of her husband, Olympic snowboarder Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin in July 2020 and throughout her pregnancy
Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin’s widow Ellidy has revealed their daughter has been named Minnie Alex Pullin – in homage to her late father
In an earlier post, Mr Vlug was seen nursing his newborn niece while she wears his sunglasses.
‘F**k ballet, we going straight to the skate bowl,’ he captioned the post.
He also paid tribute to his sister in a post.
‘Here’s to my sister, the most incredible person I know. After everything that has happened she still continues to tackle everything head on.’
Ellidy announced the child’s birth yesterday with an image of herself lovingly gazing at the sleeping newborn: ‘Our girl, born on October 25, 2021.’
Relatives and friends flocked to the new mother’s Gold Coast home on Thursday with gifts.
She faces the difficult task of raising their little girl alone after Chumpy, 32, tragically drowned while spearfishing in July last year.
Among the visitors was Seven News reporter Denham Hitchcock whose Spotlight documentary about Ellidy’s journey of losing Chumpy to having their baby is set to air on Sunday night.
The investigative journalist was seen carrying a bouquet of flowers as his camera crews followed him inside for an exclusive interview with the first-time mum.
It was one of the first time Mr Hitchcock has been spotted by photographers in public since he was rushed to hospital in August with heart condition – pericarditis – after getting the Pfizer jab.
He looked very fit after his health scare with the extremely rare side effect, which causes inflammation around the heart in one in around 74,000 people who receive the vaccine.
Seven News reporter Denham Hitchcock was pictured arriving at Ellidy’s Gold Coast home on Thursday with a bouquet of flowers
The journalist was seen carrying a bouquet of flowers into the home for the new mother as his team filmed the visit for an exclusive Seven documentary airing on Sunday night
Ellidy will appear on Channel Seven’s Spotlight program at the weekend.
MsPullin spoke to close friend Chloe Fisher on her Darling, Shine! podcast about her IVF treatment using Chumpy’s sperm which was taken posthumously.
During the session, which aired on Thursday, Ellidy revealed she had to complete counselling session as a requirement before undergoing IVF, which dredged up painful emotions.
‘They were asking questions like ‘Are you going to tell the kid about its dad or are you not?’, ‘What are you going to do when it’s asking where its dad?’, ‘How are you going to do pregnancy, birth and motherhood alone?’ she said.
‘It was such a triggering process’.
Ellidy said she had undergone two embryo implants, but the first was unsuccessful and she lost the pregnancy in January.
‘I’m so grateful – it’s almost unheard of it for it to work on the second round [of IVF], I’m so lucky,’ she said.
She said there is one more fertilised egg from the same batch she can use later on if she wants to have a second baby, or there is the option of making another collection with new eggs and Chumpy’s stored sperm.
Ellidy Pullin announced she had given birth to her and late husband Chumpy Pullin’s first child on Thursday in a post on Instagram (pictured)
The new-mum revealed the exciting news on Instagram, sharing a photo of her newborn sleeping on the table while she had a coffee and some food
Ellidy’s mother Karen and brother Dave Vlug were seen at the home visiting their new granddaughter and niece
In an earlier podcast, she said it was unfair her late husband would miss out on making memories with their child.
‘My grief is for Chump, he’s missing out on being a dad, I see dads with their babies knowing how good he would have been,’ Ellidy said last week.
Chumpy, 32, is believed to have died from a shallow water drowning, which occurs when someone hyperventilates and expels large amounts of CO2 before a breath-hold dive.
It’s believed Chumpy incorrectly performed the dive, leading to the beloved husband and snowboarder to black out and drown.
His death in July 2020 shocked the community given the experience of the former Olympian and extreme sports expert.
He left behind Ellidy, 29, who decided to use his sperm for IVF treatment to ensure her husband would be a father and could continue his legacy.
She revealed to Ms Fisher that seeing other young fathers was a constant reminder of what Chumpy was missing out on.
Chumpy Pullin’s widow previously opened up about the pain it causes her seeing other fathers carrying their children, saying her late husband is ‘missing out on being a dad’
Ellidy, 29, decided to use his sperm for IVF treatment to ensure her husband would be a father and could continue his legacy
‘Every day I go to the beach and I see guys walking along the beach with their chicks and the guy is carrying the baby in the carrier on his chest and the girl’s got the dog,’ she told the podcast.
‘When I see a dad with a baby it f***ing kills me, and I am so happy for that person, it’s not a pity party here.’
She said the fact she was able to have a child with her late husband is ‘the most beautiful thing ever’ but admitted it was a bittersweet moment.
‘I’m having a baby which is going to be the most beautiful thing ever and bittersweet in that it’s almost going to create more trauma here and there,’ Ellidy said.
‘It’s really hard to swallow the fact that he’s missing this, he deserves this time, he wanted this, he would have been the best dad.’
Earlier this month the Ellidy said her friends had provided her with ‘unwavering support and love’ in the year after his death.
‘My friends literally deserve a medal for the way they have shown up for me the past year,’ she began, sharing a series of photos from what appeared to have been her recent baby shower.
Chumpy, 32, drowned while spearfishing off the Gold Coast in July last year
‘Instead of feeling awkward and withdrawing in unfathomable circumstances, they stepped the f**k up in this wild year of ‘firsts’ without my Chumpy, and that cannot be easy!
‘Taking this s**t on head first with me, running towards the pain and suffering, using it as fuel to cherish and look after each other, appreciate every moment, live and be kind.’
She added: ‘My crew near and far continually injecting me with energy and grit to keep putting one foot in front of the other.
‘I feel so grateful and lucky to be bringing Chumpy’s daughter or son into this love bubble.’
Ellidy announced she was pregnant with Chumpy’s baby on Instagram in June, almost a year after he drowned while spearfishing at a reef off Queensland’s Palm Beach.
Speaking on her podcast back in June, Ellidy spoke about her desperate rush to collect his sperm after his tragic death.
Ellidy revealed they had to ‘hustle’ to retrieve Chumpy’s sperm in the days after his death on July 8 last year.
Under Queensland legislation, sperm can be removed posthumously when a designated officer declares their belief that the deceased wouldn’t object.
‘I’m having a baby which is going to be the most beautiful thing ever and bittersweet in that it’s almost going to create more trauma here and there,’ Ellidy said
The consent of the immediate family – including Chumpy’s parents – is also required before any sperm can be retrieved.
An IVF specialist assists with the retrieval, with a recommended removal timeframe of between 24 and 36 hours after death.
Ellidy admitted it was quite an undertaking, with everyone having to sign off on legal documents, while also dealing with coroners, lawyers and doctors.
She said her pregnancy is ‘the most bittersweet thing in the world’, but added that she was determined to parent a child with Chumpy.
‘I’m not saying it’s going to be easy or a walk in the park. I have a lot ahead of me, I’ve got big shoes to fill,’ she continued.
‘I’ve got to be a dad and a mum in one, and not just any dad, I’ve got to be a Chumpy dad.’
She added: ‘I go through a lot every day and I will forever grieve, that never leaves you, but I was always so sure of one thing – that I was always going to have this bub.’