Search my journal

Archives

Calendar

January 2018
S M T W T F S
« Dec    
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031  

© 2012 CiaoBellaMamma - All rigths reserved.

Firstyme WordPress Theme.
Designed by Charlie Asemota.

A Sanders Thanksgiving 2014

December 20, 2014
Save pagePDF pageEmail pagePrint page

Once again my mother, The Food Woman, and my husband, Chef Daddy, spent HOURS planning, shopping for, and preparing an absolutely delicious Thanksgiving meal for 23 people who got to enjoy it at a beautifully decorated table.

I cannot remember all the dishes, but to name a few: three kinds of stuffing (to accommodate the vegetarians and those with aversions to onions), two kinds of sweet potatoes, church potatoes, brussels sprout salad, deviled eggs, two kinds of soup (one made by Alexz who brought a couple of other yummy dishes), homemade rolls, salad and corn casserole made by Sherry, and several desserts… the list goes on. It was a proper Thanksgiving with stretchy pants and food comas.

 photo IMG_4608_zpsa384af79.jpg
Rebecca and J dressed Ella up in her Chef Baby outfit.

 photo IMG_4610_zpsd86a34f1.jpg

 photo IMG_4611_zpsb49b0086.jpg

 photo IMG_4630_zpsf2b5568b.jpg

 photo IMG_4635_zpseeff31c7.jpg

 photo IMG_4650_zps03b2724f.jpg

 photo IMG_4661_zpsbbf57fea.jpg

 photo IMG_4673_zps5ab598a6.jpg
Adry stood by the window for the longest time anxiously awaiting Tori’s arrival.

 photo IMG_4677_zps3c2510d0.jpg

 photo IMG_4678_zpsd8d4933c.jpg

Apparently Mom asked J and Rebecca to set out extra toilet paper rolls in the bathroom.
 photo IMG_4684_zps09cd84de.jpg

 photo IMG_4685_zps297bf3e6.jpg

 photo IMG_4695_zpsf47f781c.jpg
The Bird

 photo IMG_4697_zpsa7519477.jpg

 photo IMG_4698_zpsbeb95d70.jpg

 photo IMG_4699_zps079eee35.jpg

 photo IMG_4707_zps0c065153.jpg

 photo IMG_4712_zpsf8cf7fdd.jpg

 photo IMG_4717_zps87b03b8e.jpg

 photo IMG_4724_zps3a2c6847.jpg

 photo IMG_4726_zps8a944e81.jpg
Reese decided to cuddle with my poor sick boy.

 photo IMG_4730_zps80af6dc7.jpg

 photo IMG_4736_zpsd4f72def.jpg

 photo IMG_4747_zpse315a7f3.jpg

Categories: Ciao Bella Vita : Daily Journal

The Birth Story of Miss Eleanor Joyce (PART III)

December 6, 2014
Save pagePDF pageEmail pagePrint page

IMG_2377

After the grandparents had their chance to visit with Ella the rest of our friends and family came in to see her.

IMG_2495

 

IMG_2496
I would like to say how incredibly thankful I am for all of the love and support we received on Miss Eleanor’s birthday.
First there were the troopers who came in the wee hours of the morning: Jamie (and Tori), Les, and Pam along with the grandparents.
My brothers and Rebecca came soon after.
The group took over and had one of the waiting rooms all to themselves while they took shifts coming back to the labor room to visit me.
My brothers came back during the honeymoon of my epidural. They discovered rolly chairs and played bumper cars with them which made me laugh. THAT’S when they also discovered that when I laughed it showed up on the contraction monitor so they began trying to outdo each other with who could make me laugh the hardest. They tried to time it at the height of my contractions so that my laugh would reach the highest point on the graph and they totally succeeded which goes to show how great I was feeling in the earlier parts of labor! Gotta love The Brothers.

ANYWAY. Back to after Ella was born…

After everyone had a chance to meet her they cleaned me up a bit and wheeled me to my postpartum room where she had her first bath.

IMG_2395

And Daddy did his very first diaper change.

IMG_2379

Ella and I got to enjoy some skin-to-skin time while Jamie and Ella’s BFF Tara joined us.

IMG_2400

IMG_2378

IMG_2389

IMG_2396

IMG_2397

Several other people joined us that evening to meet Eleanor including Alexz, Jessie, Keith’s brother and his wife, and Ash.

IMG_2398

As the evening was wrapping up we told Adry it was time for him to go home and to bed. It absolutely broke his little heart to have to leave his new sister. He crawled in bed with me and Ella, and I saw huge crocodile tears welling up in his eyes. I could tell he was trying to hold it back but the tears spilled over and he just couldn’t stop crying. Poor little guy. So much emotion for a 6-year-old! I just held him there for awhile.

IMG_2388

Jamie took Adry to his dad’s for the night. She stopped by the store to print off pictures of Ella for Adry to keep with him and look at when he missed her. (The next day he went to school and stood in front of his class to shared the pictures: A proud big brother!)

That night, after all our visitors had said goodnight and left the hospital, Keith and I enjoyed some time- just the three of us- to love on our new daughter (and eat up all the delicious chocolaty bark Alexz made for us!). Then I took everyone’s advice and tried to take advantage of the nursery to get some rest. I reluctantly handed Eleanor over to the nurse.

1.5 hours later I was in bed wide-eyed, anxious, and envious of Keith’s peaceful deep-sleep breathing I was hearing from the fold out bed on the other side of the room. So I did what any good wife would do– I woke him up and told him I needed my daughter! When she was back beside me I admired her a little longer before finally falling asleep.

TO BE CONTINUED

Categories: Ciao Bella Vita : Daily Journal

The Birth Story of Miss Eleanor Joyce (PART I)

November 23, 2014
Save pagePDF pageEmail pagePrint page

It was an eventful and anxious few days leading up to Ella’s birthday.
I’d gone to see Dr. T and we came to a mutual decision to move my induction day up for ‘better safe than sorry’ reasons.
I’d wanted so badly to go into labor naturally… not only because I was convinced it was healthier, but I also wanted that organic experience; I wanted the thrill of having to time contractions at home and contacting everyone to surprise them with ‘IT’S BABY TIME!’ news.
But alas, my induction was scheduled for 40weeks2days.
I dared my body to go into labor before then.

IMG_2232

Ella pushing her butt up. It was crazy looking!

Ella pushing her butt up. It was crazy looking!

Labor never came. What we WERE surprised with instead was a scary diagnosis for Adry. I’d taken him to the doctor a few times for a persistent cough and swabs came up with nothing. Finally, as a precaution since my son is fully vaccinated, one of the doctors did a pertussis swab and put him on a Z-pak. THANK GOD she did, because it came back positive. *Freak Out Freak Out* I was about to give birth to a brand new human with a brand new immune system and my 6-year-old son had just been diagnosed with freaking whooping cough. That totally stressed me out, so to help me feel better we got out markers and crayons and stickers and had ourselves a surgical mask decorating party a few nights before Ella came.

IMG_2365

I woke up at 3AM on November 4th to prepare for my 4:30AM induction.

I was thinking about everything that could possibly go wrong and I was so nervous!

When it was time to leave for the hospital I woke Adry up to take him with us in his PJs and a pillow in tow. I naively thought he’d be so tired he’d nap while we were there. Hah. As soon as I tapped him on the shoulder he sprung out of bed and exclaimed, “IT’S TODAY! ELLA IS COMING TODAY!” It’s the day he’d been waiting for and dreaming about for nearly 1/6th of his life. This was an infinitely more exciting day for him than Christmas was or will ever be.

We got to the hospital. I was a ball of nerves. My stomach was churning. Why should I be so nervous, I thought. I’ve done this before. Oh, that’s probably why I’m so nervous- because I HAVE done this before.

They took me back to my room.

I undressed and put my hospital gown on.

I went to the bathroom and I could hear the woman in the room beside me through the walls. She was screaming in agony at the top of her lungs, “NO! NO! AAAAAH NO GOD PLEASE NOOOO AAAAH.”

Holy crap, what have I gotten myself into. Is there an undo?

And then I anxiously awaited my pitocin IV, which, I must say was probably the worst part of my whole experience.

Nurse #1 tried and dug couple of times. Float nurse tried and dug a couple of times. Got one in. Needle was too small. Had to remove it and try again. Anesthesiologist came up and looked at my veins and said, “well if they can’t get it I’ll get one in for you!” Ultrasound guy came up and gave me a shot of lidocaine and finally got a successful IV with the right gauge needle. By the time that was all over I had huge bruises and was in a lot of pain in both arms, and the damn IV hurt the whole time. Me and my veins are the worst with blood draws and IVs. The. Worst.

While we waited for the pitocin drip Mom gave me this pretty barrette to hold my hair back with during labor.

IMG_4480

And Keithy also gave me a couple of gifts.

IMG_4482

I have several lockets with pictures and charms and dried flower pedals that represent Adry and my memories with him, so Keithy got me this pretty little gold locket for Eleanor. He had her name engraved on it.

IMG_4483

And he also got this little jewelry box to keep it in, and had that engraved as well.

IMG_4486

IMG_4487

I LOVED my gifts. SO much. And they were a great distraction as well.

IMG_4479

IMG_4489

 

IMG_4477

Then came the pitocin and contractions.

IMG_4490

Obviously not that bad at first.

Tori and Adry in the waiting room during my labor

Tori and Adry in the waiting room during my labor

Before too long I was feeling it a little.

IMG_4491

At first I was very unsure about getting an epidural. I’d had a poor epidural experience with Adry- it was positional and I only felt the effects in my upper abdomen and the pain relief didn’t kick in ’til Adry moved and it was time to push and they had pumped so much medication in me I couldn’t feel a thing in order to push, yadda yadda that kind of thing. But I’d heard these lovely stories of ladies getting their epidurals and having such comfortable labor and delivery experiences… plus the anesthesiologist had a little chat with me and convinced me to give it another try. So before the contractions got too intense I decided just to get the whole needle in my back thing over with.

They kicked everyone out but Keithy. Just me n’ him. They had him put my hair net on for the little procedure. He stumbled around and put it on my face “on accident” and made me giggle. The nurse said, “Aw, at least you have someone who can make you laugh at a time like this.”  I was nervous and for some reason I was uncontrollably shaking all over. But after a sting here, a pinch there, and the oddest uncomfortable sensation when they put the catheter in, it was done. They pumped me up with magic medication and for the next several hours I had the most wonderful labor. I was numb, but not too numb; I could feel the contractions come and go but I wasn’t in any discomfort. It was amazing. I thought I was going to have the easiest labor ever.

And then the medicine wore off.

IMG_4493

I had mistakenly made the decision to wait until I was in enough discomfort to warrant another dose of epidural medication. Gravely gravely mistaken. I let it go too long and by the time I called the anesthesiologist in for more pain medication it couldn’t keep up with the intense and quickly progressing labor. And that’s when I was so so thankful for my labor partners!

…To Be Continued

 

 

 

Categories: Ciao Bella Vita : Daily Journal

Halloween 2014

November 1, 2014
Save pagePDF pageEmail pagePrint page

Adry was The Joker this year.

He's in character saying, "Why So Sserious?"

He’s in character saying, “Why So Sserious?”

IMG_7881

IMG_7882
He was pretty proud of how “scary” he was.

On Wednesday evening Dad and I met Jamie, John, Tori, and Baby Tara at Friendship Village of Dublin retirement home for dinner and trick-or-treating.
Adry Halloween2
The kids ran around laughing and being loud together and had a bunch of fun.

Grandview’s Beggar’s Night was Thursday. Adry spent the evening with his dad and a few school friends.

Adry is trying to be scary!

Adry is trying to be scary!


Ben said he completely filled his bag with candy and they all had a blast.

Meanwhile I was at home in bed (not feeling well) hoping I’d go into labor on my own. Otherwise they’re inducing me in a few days! Eep!

Categories: Ciao Bella Vita : Daily Journal

James ‘n Jess Bellies <3

August 4, 2014
Save pagePDF pageEmail pagePrint page

Have I mentioned that The Best Friend, Jamie, is pregnant, too!?
Well she is! She’s 37 weeks with Baby Girl #2.
We decided, since we will more than likely never be pregnant at the same time again, to hurry up and get some photos before Baby Tara decides to come out.

I gave Dad my camera and asked him to snap a few of us:

 photo IMG_4114_2_zps49b2ddbf.jpg

 photo IMG_4114_zps04cdffe4.jpg

 photo IMG_4115_2_zps8e4c6d80.jpg

 photo IMG_4121_zps1e251ffb.jpg

 photo IMG_4122_2_zpsb27cb868.jpg

 photo IMG_4123_zpsdee89108.jpg

 photo IMG_4124_zps0185b0b5.jpg

 photo IMG_4128_zpsab842ff8.jpg

 photo IMG_4129_zps8e8e277d.jpg
BATMAN! (NOT Batgirl.)

 photo IMG_4130_zps53e80f66.jpg
Brother climbing the tree to get an overhead shot

 photo IMG_4131_zps533fffe5.jpg
Where our toes?

 photo IMG_4132_zps568388b9.jpg

 photo IMG_4133_2_zps8c4305e0.jpg

Keithy and I decided to take advantage of a photo op:
 photo IMG_4135_zps57ed5997.jpg

 photo IMG_4138_zps53335436.jpg

 photo IMG_4139_zpsf2b0b392.jpg

 photo IMG_4140_zps579c64c3.jpg

 photo IMG_4141_zps50c7d6fe.jpg

 photo IMG_4142_zpsc1971191.jpg

John joined his three Buccilla girls:
 photo IMG_4144_zpsc4f3620b.jpg photo IMG_4145_zpsd00d3cf6.jpg

 photo IMG_4146_zps6d7d81da.jpg

Categories: Ciao Bella Vita : Daily Journal

Adry Padry’s Sixth Birthday!

March 25, 2014
Save pagePDF pageEmail pagePrint page

Adry woke up on his birthday morning to a card from his Uncle T. and Alexz in Baltimore.
 photo IMG_3864_zps440c4595.jpg
A kitty playing metal guitar. Two of his favorite things. (I used to wear that shirt he’s wearing up until I was about 19 or 20. I have no idea how I was ever that small!)

To celebrate over the weekend, a few of us were supposed to take Adry to the Five Iron Frenzy concert at Skully’s and grab dinner at Chuck E Cheese beforehand. FIF fell through (Sad face) so we spent some extra time playing games and then went to Uncle Jacob’s house instead.

 photo IMG_1734_zps6b2bb5f9.jpg

 photo IMG_3873_zpsa0bc64d0.jpg

 photo IMG_3877_zps91d1ab0f.jpg
Tori saying ‘goodbye’ outside the Chuck E Cheese window

 photo IMG_3878_zps2a580dfb.jpg
Tickets!

 photo IMG_3882_zpse5f7f3ab.jpg

 photo IMG_3891_zpsd8a70873.jpg

 photo IMG_3894_zps34875542.jpg

 photo IMG_1735_zps6e18049f.jpg
At J and Becca’s house, Adry got to bounce on the new ball Grandma and Grandpa Martin got him. He also got to visit with Reese and help us play games. Before too long he passed out cold on the couch. I think he was a satisfied birthday boy 🙂

Categories: Ciao Bella Vita : Daily Journal

Boo at the Zoo 2013

October 27, 2013
Save pagePDF pageEmail pagePrint page

 photo IMG_3632_zps8fd5ff3e.jpg

 photo IMG_3634_zps02eca60a.jpg

 photo IMG_3635_zps3810d2bb.jpg

 photo IMG_3637_zps82c34ac0.jpg

 photo IMG_3640_zps2afcdb2d.jpg

 photo IMG_3641_zpsb583c69f.jpg
My mother was so proud of her witch costume, haha. She looked great. She even risked permanently staining her face green for the occasion!

 photo IMG_3644_zps6fe3fe65.jpg

 photo IMG_3647_zps430272b5.jpg

 photo IMG_3656_zpsa1a442cd.jpg
We met Tori, Jamie, John, Kema, and Kepa there!

 photo IMG_3658_zpsc51a21e7.jpg

 photo IMG_3662_zps212fcb07.jpg

 photo IMG_3655_zps72818232.jpg
The kids with Kema

 photo IMG_3651_zpsffd0fe57.jpg

Categories: Ciao Bella Vita : Daily Journal

Baby Bro is 21!

September 28, 2013
Save pagePDF pageEmail pagePrint page

I can’t believe it. My littlest brother is 21 years old. Living on campus with his love. Holding down a full time job. Bona fide ADULT.
When I was a young teenager- 13ish?- I got in a fight with my mom and told her I was leaving. I probably told her I was going to live with a friend and I never wanted to come home again. I went up to my room to get something or another that a young teenage girl would need in order to leave home forever (like chapstick or something, duh). In the process I walked past my parents’ bedroom and out of the corner of my eye I spotted little five-year-old J’s tuft of hair on the floor of their walk-in closet. Curious, I decided to investigate. Apparently he had been hiding on the floor among the dirty clothes baskets during my teenage tantrum. He’d heard everything I said and was really upset that I was going to leave home. He looked up at me with his huge sad brown eyes (MY GOD he was absolutely adorable) and held up what looked like a copper ring you’d get from a quarter machine. He said, “Take this ring with you and remember me forever.” And I cried!

Y’all. The BEST cure for defiant, strong-willed children is adorable little brothers!

When Mom was pregnant with him I had wished he was a girl. I was at the hospital with friends while Mom was in labor and when he was born I demanded to know if he was a boy or girl. They told me he was a boy. Frustrated I said, “You mean I waited all this time for a stinkin’ boy!?” But then I crawled into the hospital bed with Mom and saw him for the first time. It was literally love at first sight. 21 years ago J won a soft spot in my heart and he’s had it ever since. Happy birthday, Little Bro J.

BONFIRE CELEBRATION

 photo IMG_3486_zpsbf827c20.jpg
Music before the festivities

 photo IMG_3489_zps1a7ef894.jpg
J’s monkey shelf, haha

 photo IMG_3491_zps80409ac9.jpg
We got this game for him.

 photo IMG_3493_zps36335394.jpg
Keithy and I

 photo IMG_3494_zps35380858.jpg

 photo photo-88_zps9a766c1b.jpg

 photo photo-102_zpsda6e086e.jpg

 photo photo-89_zpse6282713.jpg
Yard games

 photo photo-92_zps28cf0120.jpg

 photo photo-93_zpsd9b37d03.jpg

 photo photo-94_zps92433842.jpg

 photo photo-95_zps86ac5138.jpg

 photo photo-96_zpscacb34fe.jpg

 photo photo-97_zpsbf29497f.jpg

 photo photo-98_zps3c205c37.jpg

 photo photo-100_zps5dd6dc82.jpg
Grandpa with the kids

Categories: Ciao Bella Vita : Daily Journal