Friday, December 25, 2009

Anticipation...

38 weeks: 90% effaced, 3 cm dilated, -1 station
Stripped membranes again on Wednesday. It's Friday night & we've got nothing.

So I thought I would do okay waiting for her. It's not working out as well as I'd hoped. I keep hearing, "oh you can stay at 2 cm for weeks..." but I'm not STAYING at anything for any amount of time! I've progressed every week. And I'm having Braxton Hicks contractions all day everyday. They literally never stop. They just aren't consistent or getting stronger or closer together. They don't hurt me at all. They just feel like pressure pushing down sometimes. It's more just that I get excited every time I feel one and then it doesn't turn into anything.

If I was going to the doctor each week and I actually WAS staying at like 1 or 2 cm & not really progressing, I wouldn't be quite so anxious about it! I'd be settling in for her to come at her due date or later. But it seems like things just keep moving quickly. And then all the other women in my Centering Class have had their babies! That's 5 women!! And I don't think any of them were as dilated or effaced as I am when they went into labor. What's wrong with me? Why doesn't she want to come out??

haha I'm really okay. And I'm not super uncomfortable all the time - just at the end of a long day when I've had a bra on all day. LOL. But what's your birth story? Do you remember how dilated or effaced you were when you went into labor? Does anyone think this could maybe happen soon?? I just want to meet her!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Progression...

So 36 weeks went to the doctor...1 cm dilated, 50% effaced, -1 station
37 weeks...2 cm dilated, 70% effaced, -1 station

At least things are progressing. I hope this happens soon! She stripped my membranes, too this time. May not put me into labor, but hopefully it'll at least progress things even more!

Favorite Celebrity Dad



I really think he's my favorite celebrity dad right now. It's because he always seems so involved, carrying her with the sling and carrying the diaper bags in other pictures and stuff like that. You actually rarely see the mom carrying her! It's always him! I just love it! I think Lewis will be the most amazing dad and for some reason Cam Gigandet reminds me of what Lewis will be like.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Dads with Baby Slings!


I love this! I love that the celebrity dads are making it cool for regular dads to do stuff like this! Lewis has been really excited about carrying Isis in the Baby Bjorn! I love the baby slings, too! They are so cute and they look comfortable too!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Gro Baby!!!!

Look what I got in the mail today!!!!

Yay!!!!!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Um....

In a few ways, I guess I'm thinking, "wow that's kinda cool!" and in many many other ways I'm thinking, "how incredibly disturbing!"

What do you think?


Yay Gro Baby!!!



I'm so excited about using Gro Baby Diapers!!!! They now have super cute prints, too!!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Maternity Pictures!!!!

My friend Hannah McNamara took these pictures of us today! I think she did an absolutely amazing job!!! I could not be any happier with them!! I just think they are fantastic!!!





















Halloween 2009!!!



We had fun!! I was Juno (notice my blue slushee) & Lewis was Jason. I won't post a picture of that because it's scary. haha but it was his last Halloween to dress up as something really scary. He's not allowed to scare Isis next Halloween!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Home From the Hospital Clothes!!!!

I bought Isis her "home from the hospital" clothes today!!! Diana has given me so much clothes that I really don't need a lot of clothes! But I wanted to pick out certain outfits myself like home from the hospital or Easter! So here's what I picked out...

It's this pattern:
But in a bodysuit like this:

Sunday, October 11, 2009

12 weeks left!!

There are 12 weeks left until our due date!! That sounds like a long time, but it SOOO isn't!! Especially when you consider, this is what my schedule looks like...

Monday, Oct. 12 - Glucose test & RhoGAM shot (because I have Rh-negative blood!)
Tuesday, Oct. 13 - Literacy Resource Package due in Literacy class, Exam 2 in Science class
Wednesday, Oct. 14 - Other Source Lesson Plan Analysis due in Social Studies class
Sunday, Oct. 18 - BABY SHOWER thrown by Emily & Carol!!
Monday, Oct. 19 - My 5-week practicum begins for UK at Lansdowne Elementary!
Wednesday, Oct. 21 - Centering Class/Prenatal Visit - Diana is coming with us this time because they're going to start talking about labor techniques!
Wednesday, Oct. 28 - 3d Ultrasound!!
Friday, Oct. 30 - Family Communication Project due by email for Literacy class
Wednesday, Nov. 4 - Centering Class/Prenatal Visit
Friday, Nov. 13 - Lesson Plan #2 due by email for Literacy class, Elementary Student Assessment due for Science class
Sunday, Nov. 15 - BABY SHOWER thrown by Diana!!
Wednesday, Nov. 18 - Centering Class/Prenatal Visit
Friday, Nov. 20 - Last day of my 5-week practicum for UK! - Also the night I go to see New Moon in theaters!!!
Saturday, Nov. 21 - BABY SHOWER thrown by Gloria & Suzanne!!
Monday/Tuesday, Nov. 23 & 24 - Everything is due for my UK practicum - lesson plans, assessment projects, etc. Craziness!!
Wednesday, Nov. 25 - Dad's Birthday!
Thursday, Nov. 26 - THANKSGIVING!!
Monday, Nov. 30 - Assessment Project & Textbook Analysis due for Math class
Tuesday, Dec. 1 - Assessment Project Artifacts due for Literacy class
Wednesday, Dec. 2 - Centering Class/Prenatal Visit
Monday, Dec. 7 - Family History Project due in Social Studies class (review due 12/9)
Wednesday, Dec. 9 - Professional Development Forms & Binder Check due for Math class
Thursday, Dec. 10 - Assessment Project Case Report due for Literacy class, Unit Fair Share for Practicum block due
Wednesday, Dec. 16 - Centering Class/Prenatal Visit
Thursday, Dec. 17 - My last final for the semester!!
Saturday, Dec. 19 - Isis is considered full-term, although not the official due date. Some sources say she is considered full term on Dec. 15.
Wednesday, Dec. 30 - Centering Class/Prenatal Visit - You know, if she's not here yet...

In case you haven't already noticed, I kinda made that list for my own benefit & not for yours. But still, you can see what my schedule looks like before baby!! And I still have to fit in time to organize & clean to get ready for her!!

So let's just pray that I don't get sick in the next 12 weeks!!! I don't have time to slow down!!!

Friday, October 9, 2009

This is proving to be very difficult...

So I know I'm so lucky to be having a fairly easy pregnancy so far! I'm very nervous about getting sick like swine flu or something once I start my practicum in an elementary school. Everyone please pray for that NOT to happen!! But I'm having 2 difficulties!!

Painting my toes
Shaving my legs

Oh it's hard!! That little belly is not even that big yet, but it's in the way!! haha! I act annoyed, but I really love it because it means my baby girl is getting bigger!! I feel her move a lot more now! It looks like waves on my belly when she starts moving at night when I'm laying down. I'm so obsessed with her! She's amazing!!

But any tips on the toenails or shaving??
Here are some of my Pregnancy Tips!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I REGISTERED!!!

Diana & I went to Babies R Us yesterday and registered!!! I'm excited!!! I am still working on the registry a little bit! There were a couple of things that I knew I really wanted that they didn't have in the store, so I'm going to find them and add them online! And I'm still working on the travel system thing. Yes, there are like 3 travel systems on my registry right now. Only because I'm still lowering it down to my favorite!

Check it out if you're interested! So far I have these 2 registries:

Babies R Us
Kelly's Closet (password: grobaby)

I think I'll also do one at Target. Not to be super high maintenance or anything. I would have just done the 2 (Babies R Us & Target), but all my cloth diaper stuff is on the Kelly's Closet one!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Registering!!!

I'm so excited, Diana & I are going to register at Babies R Us tomorrow night!! Yay!!!!

I've already registered at KellysCloset for my cloth diapering items! Feel free to check it out if you're interested! You can search using my name & the password is "grobaby."

I'll let you know how the registering goes!!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Ring Slings & Baby Legs!

My friend Lauren has a website & blog for moms & I love it! She shares lots of cool advice & information! She is a doula & she teaches pregnancy & childbirth classes at Baby Moon. She uses cloth diapers & has 2 beautiful little girls! Check out her website!


She shared her favorite Sling - the LilPeeperKeepers ring slings!! I love them!! We went to lunch the other day & she had hers with her & I absolutely fell in love with it! She was able to have her hands free while still carrying her daughter & on top of that, her baby girl looked so happy & comfortable in the sling! I want one so bad!!! Check them out here!! (And if anyone in my family is reading this & is interested in buying me one, I like the Midnight one!!)


Image Source
I also really love the BabyLegs leg warmers for kids!! They are so cute & they provide warmth & protection for knees when babies are crawling around! Look how cute that little boy in leg warmers (& a cloth diaper!!) looks! I just think they're adorable!

Registering Questions

What makes a certain travel system better than another one? What should I be looking for? I know to look for the weight of the stroller & the weight of baby that the carseat/carrier fits, but what else? I looked at the Chicco one that Morganne said she has! It looks great to me! But so does the Graco Metrolite. What makes them different? And why are some travel systems super cheap while others are more expensive?

Also what about cribs? What makes one better than another one?

Oh and did you all use the crib all the time or did you get a bassinet or a Moses basket or a Pack 'n Play? I just don't know what I need or don't need. Like what would you say you registered for that you didn't end up needing or using a lot? Or what did you not register for because you didn't think you would need it but then you did? Or what did you skip registering because you knew it wasn't necessary and you were right - it really wasn't?

I just don't get it yet. I'm not sure what to look for and I have lots of questions!

Eeeek! haha I'm still excited about figuring it all out though!! And I'll appreciate advice!!

May I please vent?

I am developing my thick mothering skin & my natural protective instinct apparently. But it isn't fully developed yet and I need to just vent about what's been going on lately. We found out 2 days ago that we are having a girl. I had already told most people that asked that if we had a girl, we were naming her Isis. As you all know, I also posted it on this blog. It is not a "normal" name. It is definitely unique & you probably don't know anyone named Isis.

And let me first say this: if you know me at all, did you really expect that I would have kids with normal average names? I was never meant to have an Emma or an Ava or an Emily (I picked those because they are all in the top 10 on the social security list, not because I don't like them). I was meant to have an Isis or a Samaire or a Sonora. It just fits with me & Lewis. I think it is important to pick a name that fits the parents - popular or not. We just happen to fall in the not quite so popular area (even though Isis was #607 on the social security list in 2008 - definitely being used & ranked! - above Jacqueline, Isla, Jessie, Ellen, Arabella!!)

So here's what's been going down: first we decide to name her Isis Ruby Clark. So everyone starts saying they're going to call her Ruby. Um, no you're not. We will cut that out immediately.

Second, some woman at my mom's school decides to take her some information she printed out about the name Isis. Information about how she was incestuous & married her brother or how the name is used in Wiccan groups & things like that. My response to that is initially, why on earth would it ever matter enough to someone - who is not in my family or even a friend of mine - that they look up meanings & connotations with the name? That's just very strange. Second, come on! Diana is a very popular name based on a Roman goddess who has an entire Wiccan branch named after her but everyone seems to think that name is perfectly ok.

Now, let's just also please take into account that I didn't choose the name because of the meaning. Maybe because I was named Cameron - which means "crooked nose" - I've just never been one to choose a name because of the meaning. I know that is important to a lot of parents & I think that's a wonderful thing. But it isn't me. (Also Isis was the goddess of motherhood & fertility. The name means "mother of the throne" or "supreme goddess". Not exactly "marry your brother & become a Wiccan" now is it?)

Overall, I think Isis is a beautiful name. Lewis & I absolutely love it & are really excited about having a little girl named Isis! It really doesn't matter to me at all what people think of the name, but I do have this deep down urge to just go "back the heck up." But whatever. I survived & my name is Cameron - meaning "crooked nose" - pronounced regularly as Carmen, Camden, etc. Lewis survived having his name (Lewis Clark), which is apparently hilarious to people - "ah Lewis & Clark, hahaha". My friend Diana did just fine sharing a name with a Wiccan branch. I really think that it isn't possible to choose a name that won't in some way be ridiculed at some point or questioned. But I guess we'll just throw this in with my cloth diaper parenting decision & just add to the list of Cameron's parenting choices that apparently offend or threaten anyone who doesn't agree with or understand them.

So weird because I don't care at all what someone names their child. I think your child is your child & is still beautiful & wonderful no matter what you name them. And I also don't care if people choose disposable diapers over cloth. Makes complete sense to me. It just isn't what I chose. Why can't we all just allow room for different styles of parenting? It makes me angry & full of venting energy!

Excellent. Hormones. I'm done.

Baby Isis!

There she is!!

Monday, August 17, 2009

20 weeks: IT'S A GIRL!!!

We went for our 20-week ultrasound today & found out we are having a girl!! They said everything looks perfect! I have been very blessed so far to have a very easy pregnancy. I feel very fortunate! The first 5 weeks or so were not so fun with nausea, but that's really nothing in the long run, so I'm very happy! I was telling Lewis that maybe we need to amend our "2 biological kids" plan to maybe be 3 because I'm good at being pregnant! haha we'll see.

So now Isis Ruby Clark has officially become a member of the family, although she'll maintain her residence inside mommy's belly for the time being. We look forward to her arrival at the end of the year / beginning of next year!

And now the fun stuff begins...REGISTERING!!!! I am so excited about picking out different things for our first baby!! I've been a regular visitor to www.babiesrus.com the past few months! I've already got my eye on a couple of things! I'm also very excited that my friend Susan has offered to make our baby bedding! So Isis will already have her own unique baby bedding - to go with her very unique name & fabulously unique parents! LOL

Anyway, I'm so happy I feel like I could just ooze happiness out my eyeballs! Any tips or suggestions for registry items? My biggest question is what travel systems do you all like? Or do you not like travel systems & would recommend splitting it up into carseat/carrier & stroller separately? I want brands & everything! Pros & cons!

Yay Baby Girl Isis on the way!!!!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Recipes!

I've been writing on my Ingenue Perspective blog about my new practice of meal planning & cooking at home! This is a very new thing for us! We are definitely eat out kind of people, but that costs a lot of money & with a baby on the way & me not being able to work for a little while because of student teaching, we need to save some money! These are the 2 recipes I've made so far:

Mexican Rice Casserole
**Note: I used ground turkey meat instead of ground beef & I added corn & chopped onions to this recipe.**
Ingredients
1 package ground beef
1 package taco seasoning
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
2 cups rice
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Directions
1. Cook 2 cups rice with 4 3/4 cup water. Bring water to boil, add rice, bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.
2. Brown ground beef. Drain. Return to skillet, add 3/4 cup water, taco seasoning and tomato sauce. Stir through.
3. Add ground beef to rice. Put into 9×13 baking dish. Top with shredded cheese. Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes until cheese melts.

**I made this recipe on Monday night. There were 4 of us that ate it on Monday night. Lewis & I both ate it for dinner Tuesday night & Thursday night. Then Lewis also had it for lunch on Saturday & I gave some to my dad on Thursday. That's like 10 servings! It was awesome!**


Crispy Noodle Casserole
1 frying chicken, cut up (I used 2 large chicken breasts cut up into cubes)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup sour cream
3 Tbsp onion soup mix (I just bought one of those Lipton Onion Soup packages that has 3 packets in it & I just used one whole packet)
1/8 tsp pepper
1 (3 oz) can chow mein noodles

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Place chicken in single layer in a shallow casserole dish.
In a bowl, combine soup, sour cream, soup mix and pepper, blend thoroughly. Spread over chicken. Sprinkle with noodles. Bake for 1 hour or until chicken is tender.

*Can also use cream of celery or cream of chicken soup instead of cream of mushroom.


**I cooked this and served it over brown rice. It looks like it's going to last us 2+ meals. We will probably both be able to eat it for dinner for 2 nights and then it will be lunch another day for someone, too.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Mommy Club

I am currently working on a list of links & resources to "mom" blogs that I think are interesting! In my search, I came across this post at Dinnercraft. I completely agree with them and I like it! I've found just in my decisions and opinions I've been making lately that everyone has an input - especially moms. Everyone has an opinion and a perspective of the "best" way to do things. I think it's unnecessary. I love the advice and I think that as a future mom, I will definitely rely on the community of other moms who have been there. But it is important that we remember that we are a community, not separate teams fighting against each other. When it comes to the decisions I've been making lately about a birth plan, diapers, registry items and things like that, the final breakdown is that these decisions have more to do with ME than anything else. We make decisions based on what type of parent we are going to be. This doesn't necessarily mean that our children will end up being better or worse. We're just taking different routes to get to the final result that we all hope for: a happy and healthy child.

When it comes down to it, I really enjoy the different lives and characteristics of the people around me. I enjoy the eccentricities that make us each unique. I believe that these things will also make us each better parents. I believe that it is being true to ourselves that really gives us something unique and authentic to offer our children. So while making all your different decisions about parenting no matter how big or small, encourage those moms & dads around you who may be making different decisions. We are a community. I may not fully be in "The Mommy Club" yet, but I look forward to all the different types of people in this group and I know there will come a day - if not many - when I will also need the encouragement.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Gro Baby Diapers

We have decided on the cloth diapers we want to use! I am very aware that cloth diapers are not for everyone and I fully support any parent's decision to choose what works best for them. For many people - actually most people probably - cloth offers more of a hassle than it is really worth. And that makes sense to me. Lewis and I have just decided after lots of discussion and thought that cloth diapers is the way we want to go. We have been so blessed to find a wonderful woman who is going to watch our baby in the spring and she is completely fine with doing cloth with us! I am so happy about that!! I realize the poopy diapers will not be the most fun, but I guess the way I see it I'll be dealing with poopy diapers either way. I've just chosen to go a route where I'm throwing the diaper into a washing machine rather than into a trash can. (Extra rinse, hot water and some oxy-clean should be just fine!)

I have heard from several people in my mom's generation that they tried cloth with their children at first and didn't like it. Now it seems to be making a comeback with many parents, but this time - with MUCH better resources!! The cloth diapers you can choose from today are amazing! I have been a little overwhelmed actually with the choices! There are FuzziBunz diapers with the snaps and the insert that need no extra cover outside. There are Kissaluvs that are fitted and cotton and come in adorable colors and patterns that then need the diaper cover for waterproofing. There are BumGenius diapers that have velcro and the insert that require no diaper cover. There are also MANY more options to choose from! But after a lot of investigation and reading reviews and opinions from mothers who have used the different types of diapers, we have decided on Gro Baby Diapers!

Here are my reasons:
#1 - Gro Baby Diapers are one size fits all! They have adjustable snaps that fit babies from 7 lbs to 35 lbs! This means that we will buy one set of diapers one time and they will last us through potty-training! And hopefully if we take good care of the diapers, we can use them with our next child as well! The set we have chosen is $389. We may buy a few extra soaker inserts so that I'll only have to wash every 3 days, but that means $400 is all we will spend for diapers for the life of the baby! Most people spend about $800 per year on disposable diapers. Assuming a child is potty-trained at 2, that's a savings of $1200! There is one pro for us!

#2 - Gro Baby Diapers have a snap-in soaker insert that is attached on top of the outer shell. This means that unless there is a blow-out diaper or they soak completely through the soaker, booster and shell, you should only have to change the shell a few times a day. This means we can buy less shells (we will end up with 11 shells) and more soaker inserts (we will end up with 24 - 30) and therefore only wash every 3 days, even less as the baby gets older! With most other cloth diapers, you have to have about 24 diapers - inserts, shells and all and that will leave you washing about every other day.

#3 - Gro Baby Diapers require no diaper cover, so they can be worn exactly as is! That saves time & money!

#4 - Gro Baby Diapers use an organic cotton soaker insert. This means less chemicals are touching our baby's skin!

Here is a video so that you can see how Gro Baby Diapers work:

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Maternity Pictures

It's a little early for this, but I've been looking at maternity pictures that I like!! I want ideas for when I have pictures taken! I found these pictures below at this site and I love them!! I've also got a link to pictures I found on Flickr! What do you think? Where did you get maternity pictures taken?





Flickr pictures...
Pregnancy - BlueSkyFotos
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