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!!)


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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.
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