Sunday, March 18, 2012

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Joseph Zammarrelli ~ A birth story

Joseph Ronald Zammarrelli
Feburary 14th, 2012
8lbs 13oz

Monday, February 13th - 39 weeks and 6 days. I was 3cm and 80%, a long way from the 0 and 0 I was last week. The doctor assured me it should be any day but I didn’t want it to be that day since I was so close to making it to 40 weeks and still hoping for my special Valentine’s Day baby. I started having contractions here and there immediately after the appointment so Sam picked up Samuel from school and my mother got on the next flight and arrived in SC at 6pm. Contractions were averaging 6 minutes apart but slowed when I rested so I tried to get some sleep.

Tuesday, February 14th - 5am came around after a long night of not sleeping so I decided I was going to get up and get this labor going. I called my doula, Cindy, and she headed over to see if we were making progress. She arrived at 6am and I had progressed to only 3.5cm, 1/2cm more than at my appointment the day before. She expected it would be that day so I was excited about that and ready to do whatever it took to make the labor progress; Pressure points, sitting on the ball, lollipops, walking etc., but progression was slow. Cindy figured that Joseph was sunny side up making the labor progress slowly and causing a lot of back pain. She had me do some things to help turn him and then I got to take a warm bath (she added lavender oil……and Sam added Mr. Bubble). After that I was exhausted and here it was 1pm and no baby, I was still having contractions only every 6min. Everyone was getting anxious and even Cindy thought Joseph would have made his appearance by now (and I thought he would have been here for three weeks at this point). After more walking and squatting and contractions, that were finally getting stronger, I needed a nap. I got to rest for about 30 minutes and woke up feeling ready and was relieved to hear I was 6cm, yes! I was reluctant to go to the hospital so we really took our time getting ready; I just didn’t want to leave the comfort of my home and certainly didn’t want to spend hours in the hospital but off we went. We were checked in at 2:30pm and I was about 6.5cm. We had planned a natural birth, no drugs and no intervention and we were sticking to it! We started off laboring in the rocking chair, Sam was amazing and with Cindy there to instruct him he acted like a pro. He helped me through each contraction and they were getting more frequent and more intense. Finally I had one so strong it made me shake and then I felt a pop….my water broke! Once it broke I felt the baby drop was suddenly having the most intense contraction yet. I shock head to toe! The next contraction came on quick and was another one that knocked me off my feet and now I wanted to push. In my mind I’m thinking, for sure it was too soon to push and I would have to hold back and endure these intense contractions for a while longer. The urge to push was uncontrollable and being checked was almost unbearable but hearing I was 9cm and getting the go ahead to push, HALLELUJAH! The sensation of wanting and starting to push was so relieving I knew I had passed that point of “hitting the wall” that I had heard about. As I was pushing I heard them saying he was big and I needed to really work hard so I gave it my all and before I knew it I was reaching down for him. This happened so instinctively, I grabbed him under his arms and pulled him to my chest (4:05pm). Suddenly nothing hurt, no pain, no discomfort, just complete euphoria and that little face looking back at me. I was in awe. I didn’t cry, I don’t even think I spoke. I just stared at him and kissed him, my little Valentine.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Blessing, by John Trent and Gary Smalley

“Unconditional love and approval…comes from a healthy relationship with one's parents.”
The Blessing, by John Trent and Gary Smalley
This one took me some time, ok, the toddler took up most of my time, but I’m glad it was that way. I may have felt a bit guilty had I taken time away from my child to read this one cover to cover, not because it’s not a good read (it’s an important read) but because the book teaches you how important your time with your child can be when used correctly. This book really shows you how to take all the love you have for your child and really put it to work. Loving your child and wanting to instill God’s word in them can be easier said than done.
In “The Blessing” you are given the tools you need to do so and even the tools needed to make up for what was lacking in your own childhood so as not to repeat some not so good parenting habits. As parents we establish (in the first few years of life) a child’s view of themselves. We either build their self esteem or tear it down, we can create confidence or fear, we show the love of God or….well, I hate to think of the alternative. Even when you think you are doing the best you can having a book like this to break it down and give great examples helps you know that you are implementing all the thing you desire to in raising your child in a Godly way. This isn’t a “read before baby arrives” book either, it is practical for all stages of parenting so I’m sure I’ll be picking it up again later in my journey. I recommend that parents, grandparents, parents-to-be, and those dealing with past hurt from poor parenting read this…….and keep it around for referencing later.

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Waiting Place by Eileen Button

The Waiting Place is a collection of essays from author Eileen Button. Button allows the reader to become a part of some of her most precious moments in life such as the birth of her son, falling in love with her husband, and sweet mother daughter moments. You will laugh when her daughter questions her daily activities, cry when they whisk her newborn son away, and feel the anticipation of her marriage proposal. Each essay is an easy and quick read although, reading just one at a time is difficult since they each draw you in and fill you with emotion. You will instantly want to open more of these windows into her life experiences. Button’s writing reads like a conversation with a good friend.
I’m not good when it comes to waiting. I feel uneasy, unproductive, and completely anxious to move on to my next activity. When I saw this book and read on the cover “Learning to appreciate life’s little delays” I knew it was a must read for me. Besides, what better to do then read while you wait? I read essays while waiting for; the washer to fill with water, a meal to be micro-waved, motivation to clean my house. I enjoyed being able to experience the emotions of such intimate life moments, reading the details of each from start to finish, never feeling like something was left out, and doing all this in a matter of minutes. I really love that I never had to turn away from any of her stories because of content. It’s a refreshing read that reminds you that life is precious in all moments.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

no perfume needed

Just now I am cooking up one of my last minute fabulous meals (I can say fabulous because I do love my own cooking). For this meal I picked fresh basil (that I grew) and chooped garlic. I smell so good. I know some might think they need to really wash up and put on some perfume after handling such foods but not me. When my hubby smells this aroma he will be smiling ear to ear. Oh, how I love being married to an Italian......for that matter, oh how I love being Italian!
So a note to all my friends; If anyone in the Zammarrelli family is carrying a strong scent of basil and/or garlic don't be offended. We meant to smell that way and you can to if you join us for dinner :)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Max On Life by Max Lucado

If you are a busy mom like I am, then sitting down to read a book cover to cover just doesn’t happen. In fact, reading more than a few pages at a time isn’t always an option either. With “Max on Life” you can read a page at a time and not miss a beat. This aspect stands out to me because it is simply the only way I get to do any reading…one page at a time.

“Max on Life” is a collection of questions that Max has been asked and the answer he has given along with many scripture references to back up what he writes. His position as Pastor and writer has invited some really unique questions. Some of these questions I have wondered about myself and others were new and intriguing. Each answer was well thought out and each scripture reference really gave an opportunity to expand your reading experience.

The book is separated into categories covering many life topics such as relationships, parenting, death, doubt, etc. Then each category is filled with questions regarding that topic and Max’s answer. Best part is you can pick a topic and then a question so you are reading what pertains to your situation. Or (if you have time) read it cover to cover for a great spiritual experience.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Samuel turned one

The candles have been blown out, the balloons are deflated, and family has gone home. Samuel's first birthday celebration has officially ended and I can finally relax and look back at his first year of life and look forward to the years to come.

It does seem like I just had him but that is because labor, delivery and his first days of life are memories I refuse to let fade. This year has been long, productive, and exciting. Some days were just us getting by and others were filled with outings, friends, and new adventures.

I am more excited for what toddlerhood holds then I am sad about no longer having a "baby". He is learning so much every day, there is no time to be sad. For that matter I won't write about all the things he has done this past year since most of you have either seen it for yourself or heard me talk endlessly about it. So, I want more so to focus on the now and what is to come.
Development- As of now Samuel has a large vocabulary for a one year old;
this (often said "wsthis" meaning "what's this")
and that's the order he said them all. I didn't realize how many there were untill just! He is quit the chatter box when he wants to be and often refelcts my jestures and sounds. He also has learned to shake his head yes and no but often combines the too and looks likie a bobble's hysterical. Cognatively he is making leaps and bounds. Physically he is still a peanut and sees no need for walking. Sam and I were "walking" him yesterday and he just looks too small to be walking alone. But all it will take it letting go of one hand and he will be off. I wonder where he will go first. I really do look forward to chasing after him despite all the negative things I hear.

Eating habits of a one year old - Samuel is still nursing..often (thank you to my other nursing mommy friends who support us in our choice to breastfeed past 12 months). Along with that he is eating three meals a day and a snack. It seems that our entire day revolves around food either being cooked or eaten. Right now his top food choices are; capers, cottage cheese, rice, chicken soup, salmon (any fish really), lentils, scrambled eggs, and pasta with marinara sauce. These are just his favorties, he loves almost anything...except birthday cake of any kind. Find by me. Infact, his excellent eating habits have inspired Sam and I to make many changes in our diets.

Friends and favorites - Samuel is charmer, gaining the attention of store clerks, waiters/waitresses, cashiers, and complete strangers everywhere we go. But when his friends are around (ie. little ones close to his age) he doens't seem phased...and neither do they. I do look forward to the days when he specifically asks for his friend Jayden to come over. However, he may request a visit from Juliet becuase he has a little crush on her Mommy.

Toys for boys - Any kind of ball or anything resembling a ball is the toy of choice. It's even better if it's a toy that involves the use of many balls so then he can hold one in his hand and play with the others. We thought it was appropriate to have a baseball themed birthday party for him complete with peanuts and was a big hit (pun intended).

Potty time - I know I've been talking about it so much but I am super proud. Samuel is still using the potty daily and I am still handing out stickers....and picking them off my feet later.

I have learned so much in the past year from this little person and am so amazed at how much he has learned. I lookforward to all the excitment this next year holds. I don't care to hear antying about terrible twos becasue I refuse to go into that time with a rotten outlook. So far this method has proved well.