About Me

Vea abajo para español. My name is Abby Jaramillo and I am mama to a six-year-old and a three-year old here in San Francisco, California. “Chigüiri-cosas” is a name only South Americans will recognize . . . my son’s nickname is Chigüiro, (“chee-gwee-roh”) since he is so like the furry, playful, water-loving capybara.

I have many different interests, as you’ll see, but with each passion or life experience (music, dance, urban gardening, birth, postpartum, raising bilingual children . . . ) I’ve tried to use it to bring people together, to build community, and to connect with other women and their children.

At first, I started writing here to voice my postpartum experiences and to become a resource for other moms. I have continued to reflect on my parenting experiences past the baby-stage, but for the rest of my life I will always be postpartum. So it all relates. The underlying theme for me is to try to be authentic and present with my children and to tune in to their inner lives and emotional needs. From the baby stage onwards, this has been an unexpected journey of self-development and my own intuition has been my best guide.

I’ve gained a lot from the world of Waldorf education, adapting what I learn to my family’s cultures and languages. My husband is Ecuadorian, I have lived and worked in Peru and Ecuador, and we want our children to be bilingual and connected to their multiple cultures (Jewish, too!). In 2011, I started a bilingual play group in our neighborhood, and I present stories with table puppets, songs, rhymes, and some Latin percussion. I draw on my own childhood musical education, the work of Tamara Chubarovksy, and what I’ve learned from Celebrate the Rhythm of Life courses.

green3I am now offering this to the public through Cuento y Canto, classes in Spanish for families using stories, rhymes and songs. I am adding my dance background as well, to offer Cuento, Canto y Danza at Calliope Dance Studio in Noe Valley, as well as a Samba & Brazilian Dance class for children. For 10 years I learned from and performed with Bay Area Brazilian dance groups including Aquarela Brazilian Dance Ensemble and Grupo Samba Rio.

Until recently, I also worked as a postpartum doula and I still love to offer support in this capacity whenever I can. My own experiences called me to work with families during the postpartum time: The emotional changes of becoming a new mother, all while managing physical recovery, physical changes, and the intense care of a new baby. A new baby’s mother, too, needs nurturing care during this time. In 2012 I completed the 15-hour training course at Natural Resources as well as a postpartum nutrition course and Infant/Child CPR certification.

Before I had children, for over 10 years I led and facilitated youth development programs in San Francisco, and I founded and directed a nonprofit providing school garden programs for middle and high school students. I love encouraging children to explore in nature, to taste food crops directly from the soil, and to prepare and eat fresh, delicious food. I hold my Masters in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco.

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Mi nombre es Abby Jaramillo y soy mamá de una niña de cinco años y un niño de dos años, aquí en San Francisco, California. “Chiguiri-cosas” es una frase que solamente sudamericanos reconocerán. . . El apodo de mi hijo es Chigüiro, ya que es tan parecido al peludo, juguetón, y acuático  capivara.

Empecé a escribir aquí para expresar mis experiencias posparto y para ofrecer un recurso para otras mamás. He seguido reflexionando aquí sobre mis experiencias como mama más allá de la etapa de bebés, pues para el resto de mi vida estaré siempre posparto. Así que todo se relaciona. El tema fundamental para mí es tratar de ser auténtico y presente con mis hijos y para sintonizar con su vida interior y sus necesidades emocionales. Desde la etapa de bebé en adelante, este ha sido un viaje inesperado de autodesarrollo, y mi propia intuición ha sido mi mejor guía.

Como doula posparto, no estoy buscando activamente clientes actualmente, pero me encanta ofrecer apoyo en esta capacidad siempre que puedo. Mis propias experiencias me llamaron para trabajar con las familias durante la época post-parto: Los cambios emocionales de convertirse en una nueva madre, a la misma vez que la gestión de la recuperación física, cambios físicos, y la intensidad de cuidar de un bebé recién nacido. La madre de un bebé recién nacido, también, necesita ser cuidado con mucho cariño durante este tiempo.

Como una nueva madre, eran las doulas y mis compañeras-mamas que me apoyaron y me ayudaron. Después, me sentí llamado a ofrecer apoyo a otras mujeres y familias más allá de mi círculo. Trabajaba como doula posparto activamente en 2012 y en a tiempo parcial desde 2013. He completado el curso de formación en Natural Resources, incluso un curso de nutrición posparto y la certificación de RCP para bebés / niños.

También tengo interés en folclore y  canciones infantiles, tanto en inglés como en español. (Nuestra familia es bilingüe.) Me encanta aprender y enseñar canciones para niños: para calmarse para dormir, para facilitar las tareas de casa, y para aprender el ritmo del lenguaje. La voz de uno siempre suena hermoso a nuestros propios hijos!

En mi carrera anterior, he dirigido programas de huertos escolares en escuelas de secundaria en San Francisco. Me encanta animar a los niños a explorar en la naturaleza, para alimentarse de los cultivos directamente de la tierra, y para preparar y comer comida fresca y deliciosa.

One thought on “About Me

  1. Dear Abs,
    HI lovely!! Congratulations! I have awarded you the One Lovely Blog Award. You have a wonderful blog and I think the world needs to know about it!

    If you would like to accept, the Rules for Award participation are as follows:
    1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you.
    2. Paste the award image on your blog, anywhere.
    3. Tell them 7 facts about yourself.
    4. Nominate 9 other blogs you like for this award
    5. Contact the bloggers that you have chosen to let them know that they have been nominated

    Check out my site to see the post with the official nomination, Seedsandstones.wordpress.com and you can find the graphic there as well.
    Love you & All the best,
    Erin
    PS beautiful pregnancy pic, you love amazing!!

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