We are thrilled to announce the birth of our son, Valentino Giovanni Ciccarelli, Jr.! We are so thrilled to be a family of four! Being a parent all over again has deepened my love for this precious responsibility that God has entrusted me with. For many this news is no surprise, because you have been praying for us, and we thank you deeply for those priceless prayers.
So, here is how it all happened. As most know, my wife had Placenta Previa. This is where the placenta blocks the cervix. The major concern was early labor, which would have caused both Kate and the baby to bleed to death in just a matter of minutes. This condition is somewhat common, but mostly only in the early months of pregnancy. In most cases the placenta moves out of the way as the baby grows. For my wife, it did not. Due to the risks, the doctors wanted to remove the baby at 36 weeks. When we went in for the scheduled C-section, the doctor was shocked at how little Kate had bled, and there had not been any serious episodes since the first, especially being a complete Previa. We knew God had heard the prayers.
I was allowed to watch the surgery in the O.R. and even make the final cut on the cord! The staff was doubled for the operation. Even though Kate had made it to that point, during the surgery the doctors were concerned with hemorrhaging. Because of the placenta being located in the lower portion of the uterus, blood doesn't clot as well. Also, the placenta had the possibility of being attached to Kate's previous C-section scar. If any of these became issues, it would have required the procedure to be done hastily. Thankfully there were no issues whatsoever!
Valentino, Jr. was born a healthy 6lbs 3.5oz, 19in long (only 1/4in shorter than his overdue sister), at 12:52pm! He is just as beautiful as his sister (in a masculine way). When she was born, I thought she was the most beautiful thing I ever laid eyes on aside from my wife. I am not one who cries much, but seeing him for the first time brought tears to my eyes. He came out with eyes wide open, and has been a sweetheart. Cuddling is one of his favorite activities. His sister on the other hand didn't know what sleep was. She was so curious about this new world she had entered. Both experiences have been great! This year we are going to enjoy a wonderful Christmas as a family of four! As the year turns over, we will focus again on preaching out and about. This experience however has been worth the pause. I love my two children, and wouldn't mind if God blessed us with more. Kate is healing fine, and even walking around! Once again, thank you all for your prayers. I don't believe this would have gone as smoothly as it did without you praying.
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