Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Baby Easton!!

My beautiful son, Easton Anthony Frascone has arrived!

The end of my pregnancy was a little rocky, as my little guy was measuring very small and there were concerns about his bones and the nutrition he was getting in utero. I was placed on bed-rest and induced a week early. My induction took four full days to work. I am so thankful that I delivered at Kaiser in San Jose because the midwives did everything they could to get me into labor without c-section. I truly believe that if I had been under the direct care of a doctor, I would have had major surgery.

Tony was asleep on the labor and delivery floor (so gross), and the midwife had to wake him up to let him know it was time. When Melanie (the midwife) told me it was time to push, I began to cry and told her that I was too scared and didn't want to have the baby after all. When she asked what I was scared of, I responded with, "I'm afraid of postpartum depression." What can I say, I'm a planner.

The midwife was called out of the room for another delivery, and I quickly delivered Easton under the care of two nurses with less then 10 minutes of pushing. Easton was born at 4:58 am and weighed in at 6 lbs. 5 oz.

Easton is perfect and he is free from all of the issues that the doctors were worried about.

My two favorite moments of the delivery: just before Easton was born, when Tony took my hands and prayed with me right before I began pushing and hearing that baby cry. I can honestly say that these were the best moments of my life and I will cherish these memories forever.

Eight years ago I began dating Tony. I knew instantly that he was the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with and have babies with. My dreams have come true. If I do nothing else in my life other than be a wife to Tony and raise our son, I will be truly successful. I am complete and blessed.

***By the way- for those wondering about where the name Easton came from, it's my mom's maiden name!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Maternity Photos!!

My friend Kathy took some great shots of Tony and I for our little maternity photo gallery. I love them so much and wanted to share!

Bed-Rest Cookie Project

I haven't quite mastered the skill of baking. Not even close. I've made a few Pumpkin Trifles in my time (but there is no baking required), and I've successfully baked one Red Velvet Cake from scratch. But that's all, folks.

My dear friend, Megan gave me a cookie recipe when I was put on "bed-rest" (a very non-strict version of bed-rest) so I could fill my home with the sweet smell of baking and possibly take my mind off some baby issues I'm having.

So, with some dirty looks from my husband (who would like to see me chained to my bed) I set forth to do a lil' bakin.

Now, let me preface this success story a bit by saying- I have NEVER successfully baked cookies. They usually turn out in a pool of slop on the baking pan or they're burned to a crisp. Tony has forbade me from making cookies in his presence because I create such a disaster of the kitchen...and not one single cookie that I've made has crossed the lips of myself or anyone else, for that matter.

The result of my "Bed-Rest Cookie Project"....I DID IT! I actually followed the recipe. And VOILA...presto...the cookies were (might I be presumtuous enough to say...) Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!!!

I still get a little messy from time to time...

Here is the recipe that Meg shared with me! Enjoy!!

Dry ingredients
3 cups flour
3 cups flour
1.5 teaspoons of baking soda
1/4 teaspoon of salt

Sugar mixture
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup shortening
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

12 oz bag of chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375.

Sift together dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix softened butter (do not use an electric mixer) with sugars. And eggs and combine. Add vanilla extract and combine.

Gradually add dry ingredients to sugar mixture.

Stir in chocolate chips.

Chill dough for 10 - 15 minutes.

Drop generous dough "clumps" onto cookie sheet (taller clumps seem to bake down and puff up better than wide clumps), and put in the oven for 8 - 10 minutes (check at 8 minutes and bake longer if necessary). Or you can take 'em out at 8 minutes and let them finish baking on the hot cookie sheet .
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