Gianluca

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Gianluca was born on August 13th 2017…
Our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY! Little party crasher!
Kidding, it was perfect and it was life coming in full circle. I can’t think of a better way to have celebrated our one year of love and commitment than with a new baby boy being born at 4:55 am. He was 7 lbs and 12 oz. He was 21.5 inches long.
I felt like I was having signs of labor all week and the Tuesday before he was born I was convinced he was coming but nope, we were sent home. The Friday before he was born we went out to dinner for our Anniversary because we just weren’t sure when he was going to make his arrival so we figured we would celebrate early. Then on Saturday I was determined to get him out. I did not want to be induced! I woke up, went straight to a local Indian restaurant ate a bunch of spicy lentils, walked through the book store with Ari, my mom and Ava. After that I went golfing with my husband. And when I say golfing I mean I rode on the golf cart and read a Danish parenting book while he golfed. I had serious contractions on the golf cart. After he finished 18 friggin holes we went home I took a shower made myself a cup of hot chocolate (2 tbls cacao and maca powder, mixed with a heaping spoonful of coconut sugar and macadamia nut milk) we went to the hospital.
The most painful part of my labor were the IVs that the nurses failed to get in my veins that they previously said were fantastic… I had bruises all over my arms when I left the hospital. I think my active labor lasted an hour and a half and then a few very painful pushes later and there was a beautiful baby laying on my chest! As easy as I made it seem with that last sentence. There was definitely a moment before his head emerged that I cried and thought I can’t do this. I might have even said it out loud. But then I realized… there was no way to make the pain stop unless I pushed this baby out!
I would have to say one of the happiest moments of my life happened when my husband told me the baby was a boy. I have always wanted a little boy and I always saw myself with one. I had to just exhale and thank God. Seeing my husband with our son is also a dream come true. He is a wonderful father to both Arianna and Gianluca.

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My mother stayed with us for a couple of weeks to help me out which was wonderful and very much needed. Gianluca is two and a half months old now and everyday has been wonderful with him. Some days I am more tired than others, but everyday is a happy day with my blue eyed prince. I’d say the toughest time happened when I came down with mastitis. I thought I was dying. Things are more under control now though and my body has sort of figured out how much milk Gianluca needs. I definitely could still donate enough to feed another infant though, which is worth looking into.
Anyway, we adore him and Arianna is an amazing big sister. I love just staring at my son and seeing him smile and now GIGGLE! We just recently took a trip to New York City this past weekend and my son audibly laughed with me! He farted which always makes me laugh but this time he watched me laugh and then let out his own burst of laughter. It was one of the happiest moments of my life. Gianluca was wonderful on our trip and on the airplane. He won’t remember but it was very important for me to show my children Central Park. It was a beautiful weekend and I loved walking around with my family of four. We also went back to New Jersey since the airport was in Teterboro, the town next to the town I used to live in! We drove through beautiful Hoboken and Weehawken and I was able to show Ari my old house, school and soccer field.

I love my babies and our family feels much more complete with the arrival of Gianluca. I feel so blessed to have two healthy children.

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