Gilroy Today 2010 06 Summer - Page 16

Growing up in Gilroy By Kelly Barbazette Hi! My name is Riley. “Growing up in Gilroy” is an ongoing series that gives readers a glimpse of Gilroy’s resources, services and businesses that benefit children and families. I see a rush of light and friendly faces as I enter the world at St. Louise Regional Hospital. I am washed and bundled snugly before being placed in my Mommy and Daddy’s arms. My name is Riley. I’m new to Gilroy and can’t wait to discover all of the wonderful people and places that make our town a special place to live. I am well on my way the next day when my Mommy buckles me into my car seat. Daddy drives our new little family home. I can see the sunlight washing over the green hills of Gilroy and up ahead balloons bobbing in the breeze. Our neighbors tied them onto our mailbox a day earlier to signal my arrival. The first few days are quiet ones as Mommy and Daddy get to know me and learn to be parents. My Mommy takes me to the Breastfeeding Support Group at St. Louise Regional Hospital. Mommies rock their babies while a lactation consultant talks about breastfeeding and gives the mommies some useful advice. I’m weighed and after I eat I’m weighed again. My Mommy wants to make sure I’m getting enough to eat! It’s a calm, warm, supportive place. The next week is a busy one as I visit with my parents’ friends, neighbors, family members and co-workers who are so excited to see me. I begin to recognize familiar faces when we run into friends at Nob Hill or go for a walk on the levee near Christmas Hill Park. The next week, we meet a group of Moms from Las Madres at Sue’s Coffee on the corner of Fifth & Monterey Streets. The moms talk about diaper rash, feeding times and trying to find time to sleep. It’s a sunny day, so we walk to the newly opened Gilroy Library on Monterey Street. My Mommy says it’s a temporary location until the new one is completed. But it’s full of books, computers, and helpful librarians. I can’t wait to come back and check out books when I’m a big kid! Mommy dresses me up in a special outfit a few days later. I wonder where we are going? We drive to downtown Gilroy where other families are lining the streets. Mommy tells me a parade is about to start to remember all of the men and women who died protecting our country. Sure enough, vehicles carrying police officers and fire fighters rumble down the street followed by Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub and Brownies and floats by many local groups. There’s so much to see – what an amazing day! A couple weeks later, Mommy and Daddy show me off to 16 G I L R O Y T O D A Y S P R I N G 2 0 1 0