Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Roses are red violets are blue, I put my career on hold to stay home with you. It took leaving you each day to realize what a precious gift it is for me to stay. With you is were my heart is and where my mind is too. "You're gonna have all of me" Natalia and Josiah because I love you.

This is not to say that a working mom can't give her all to her children, because that is just not true. God will honor both decisions as long as He is with you.

Lord, please bless this time with my children. Make it more than changing diapers, doing laundry and cooking. Make diaper changing an opportunity to talk to my children rather than distract them through it. Help laundry time be a time of prayer. As I fold my child's laundry help me to pray for them. As I wash my husbands work clothes help me to pray for him. As I vacuum the family room floor help me to pray for family time. As I cook, help me to pray for the special time we have together while eating dinner. Lord, help this time at home to be so much more than I ever imagined it could be. Fill our home with joy and laughter and help us not to worry about anything. As you have taught us, not to worry about anything and instead, pray about everything, PHILIPPIANS 4:6. Help bring us closer to you and in the end we will be a closer family as well. And Lord, thank you for letting us come to you in any way, at any time such as in this blog right now! : )

Inspirational song: "Your gonna have all of me" by Matt Hammitt (A song he wrote for his child- I think his child was born ill)
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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Working full-time with 2 kids, in a new state, without family is very challenging.

I keep trying to tell myself that it's going really well and I want to be positive but let's take a look at my my first 3 weeks of work:

The first two days of work I had to be at orientation earlier then the daycare opened so my mom drove 5 hrs to stay with us to watch the kids for those days.

Then our daycare only had a spot open for Natalia (but Josiah was still on the wait list) so Frank's parents drove 5 hrs to watch the baby while Natalia started daycare.

Then once Josiah's spot opened up, Natalia got sick. Needless to say, Frank's parents stayed with us a few more days to watch Natalia while she was sick.

Then a week later, Natalia got sick again. (A stomach bug that possibly never really went away). This time I had to take off work for one day and thankfully Franks parents drove here again, another 5 hrs to come and watch Natalia while she was sick for the 2nd time.

A week after that, I get a phone call at work that now Josiah is sick and I have to leave work to pick him up. So now, if I have to take off work again that will be 2 times in less then one month for my children being sick. Not to mention family had to drive 5 hours to come and watch them multiple times in addition to that. Oh- did I mention I haven't even been working for a month yet?

Wait, it get's worse. Now the daycare is closed for 12 days for Christmas vacation yet I have to work all but two.

Needless to say, it is extremely hard to work full-time without family nearby. I realize we are so very blessed to have such wonderful family that is *happy* to drive here and help but still- it is a lot to ask all the time.

I'm also sad that for me to be at work for 8 1/2 hours, the kids have to be at the daycare for 10. Not to mention an hour car ride home in city traffic.

Lord, I love my job, I do. But is working full-time not what you want me to do right now????

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Michelle Lodeserto, BA, BS, CCLS
Certified Child Life Specialist
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Named one of the top 10 pediatric hospitals in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report

That's right! I got the job!! I have been working for two weeks now and I am responsible for my very own floor with 24 beds and one playroom (which is ran by my assistant). Yes, I have my own child life assistant as well!! We also have volunteers that help out each day which is great. Within child life we have play therapy, pet therapy (we get to see cute puppies each day), music therapy, special visitors (such as professional football & hockey teams) special events and more. It is truly amazing what the children's hospital has to offer for the patients and families. Working with sick children really puts things into perspective. I can truly say I *love* what I do. Oh- and did I mention I get to see my husband from time to time since he works at the same hospital. Hehe.

What is a Child Life Specialist?

What I'm Not:
A nurse.
A doctor.
A social worker.
A "Keeper of the Toys"
A magical "make-this-child-not-cry person"
Only someone there to play with the kids.
I'm not superfluous.
What I am:
I am a teacher,
A helping hand,
A support,
An advocate,
An active listener,
A therapeutic touch,
And a child development specialist
Every single day.
I am an OR prep-er,
An IV teacher,
A de-coder of PICC, VCUG, MRI and NG
An alternate focusing provider,
An inpatient support,
And a guide and a voice for siblings
All in the same day.
I am calm despite cancer, CAT scans and catheters.
I am strong in the face of syncope,
sickle cell, and surgery.
Children can't always do these things for themselves.
That's why I'm here.
I am deliberate in all of my actions and words
Because I use the language of children
And it has power.
I am flexible and go where I'm needed
Because children can't always be flexible
About when they're going to break.
I am not here to merely play with children,
give them toys, and distract them
I am a Child Life Specialist.
When children say they can't, I tell them they can.
By: Steve Slowinski, former Child Life Intern at Connecticut Children's Medical Center

I am considered a pediatric healthcare professional trained in child development with a specific focus of the psychosocial and developmental needs of children in a hospital setting. The American Academy of Pediatrics affirms that child life is an "essential component of quality pediatric health care". I pray that God will use me to glorify him in this field as it is a privlege to work with children and their families during some of the hardest times of their lives.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Disney World 2011~
Thank you to the Lodeserto Family for an *amazing* trip to Disney World filled with memories that will last a lifetime!!! We love you so much and we had such a wonderful time! : )
Grandma & Grandpa Lodeserto with Natalia : )
Natalia had such a fun time with Grandma & Grandpa

Mommy & Natalia with Monster's Ink characters
Mommy & Josiah
Natalia was so excited to meet Cinderella

What a *blessing* it was to be here! As I look at these pictures and see the look on Natalia's face I remember how in awe she was when she saw Cinderella. To my sweet Natalia, just know in time your prince will one day come as well. But just know honey that your ultimate prince is Christ and his love does not expire at midnight.

Dancin' in the streets
"Papa & Nana" Hooray!! as Natalia would say : )
Grandma & Grandpa L
Mommy, daddy, Natalia & a sleepy baby Josiah

Frankie & his mommy
Grandpa Lodeserto & Josiah

Meeting Tigger and more...

Sleepy baby
Mommy & Natalia
Daddy & Natalia
First plane ride with the kids...Josiah slept most of the time (which was great since it was a 7:15am flight) and Natalia enjoyed watching Little Einstiens on daddy's laptop
Until next time!

Baby's First Halloween
Trick-or-Treating at the mall with Tigger & Cinderella
By the end of the night the kids were very tired!

Halloween party at the Library

Happy Halloween 20011~ Celebrating Christ's victory over evil

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Family visits
My brother Michael and his wife Rachel
Aunt Rachel & Baby Josiah
We had a great time while they were here! It was still nice outside so we took them to the park and went on walks.

Mommy & Daddy with our little boy and little girl. I love this picture because we don't have many with all four of us in them.
Walking around our town...
Aunt Rachel & Uncle Michael with the kids
My brother and my husband with Natalia.
Side note about the above picture: Before I had children I was not sure how I felt about the child leash (like you see Natalia waring here). However, now I realize how wonderful it is because we know Natalia is safe and can't run off into the street, making our walks relaxing and not stressful. Also, it's great for me when I am by myself with her and the baby (and I can't put the baby down to run after her). I highly recommend it for anyone that has two kids under the age of 2 years old like I did when I bought it. It was a life saver!!!
Aunt Rachel, Natalia, Mommy & Josiah

Before my brother and his wife came to visit, my parents came to visit as well. It's been great to have family over!! Here are some pictures from their visit...
Grandma & Grandpa S
Hugs for Grandma S
I love this picture. Josiah looks so cute here getting his hair cut by Grandma Santoro
Grandpa S and Natalia

Learning to count the blocks...Hooray Grandpa! We did it!

While my parents were here we celebrated mine and my mom's birthdays together. Happy birthday mommy!!
Out to dinner
My mom & dad

Below is just a random picture from the play area in the mall but it was Josiah's first time playing as well so I wanted to take his picture. (Usually he is just in the stroller and I am feeding him while Natalia plays or he is just watching because there are too many big kids running around).
Natalia and mommy on the carousel at the mall.