Sunday, July 11, 2010

Welcome to the Blog Bash!!

Blog Bash

I follow Brittany at Not Your Average Teen & the title says it all - if I were doing what she is at 18, I would be good to go! She is so organized in terms of blogging & so dedicated to her readers & her community & I am just amazed at what she can do at 18! If you haven't checked out her blog, please do! 

She is hosting a Blog Bash!! If you're interested in joining, go to her site! You can link up an intro post just like this one & then check out some other great blogs!!

Baby Cameron!

So here's a little about me: I'm a 25 year old wife & first-time mother of Isis Ruby! She is 6 months old & an absolute delight! I grew up in an average sized city & attended public elementary school & private middle & high school. I graduated high school in 2002.

High School Cameron (on the right)
I was not an average teen in some ways, I guess, considering I got my first tattoo at 17 & attended my Senior Prom with pink hair. Pretty fabulous...or not.

Married Cameron
I met my husband in the second half of my senior year of high school & the second half of his senior year of college & although we had a rocky start - I seriously knew from our first conversation that I would marry him & at 17, I was NOT ready - we started dating 6 months later & were married 2 years after that in October 2004. 

The band, their friends, Cameron in the purple shirt in the middle
He was in a Christian metal-core band called The 95 Theses (long story behind it, maybe I'll share it one day). His band grew fairly large for a local band & they ended up going on tour in the summer of 2006. We both quit our jobs & spent several months traveling around the country.

Cameron's husband (on the left) - on tour
I basically lived in a van with 5 boys. It was actually pretty awesome! I am still incredibly happy that we did this & I wish it could've lasted longer, but with money & the desire for some sort of family & a future, we came back home & both went back to school. My husband already had a BS in Chemistry & now also has his MBA. I will graduate in December with a BA in Elementary Education.

Pregnant Cameron!
We started trying for a baby in August 2008. After 8 months of trying, we finally found out we were pregnant in April 2009. Isis was born January 2, 2010 through a completely natural birth. I didn't even have an IV, which I mention only because that's what everyone seems to think is so crazy. Believe me, that was not the craziest part of that experience for me!

Brand new Isis!
Either way, she was a beautiful, healthy girl & I'm enjoying staying at home for right now, but also looking forward to teaching in the future. I start my student teaching in August 2010. 

Ingenue Mom Cameron
I'm a breastfeeding, cloth diapering, make my own baby food kind of mom, but I also have had great success with scheduling, particularly Babywise. While some moms have issues or questions about the benefits of scheduling, I am for allowing moms to do what works for their family & considering my daughter is 6 months & weighs about 19 lbs, sleeps 12 hours at night & about 4 hours each day in naps, I would say that what we are doing is working. But I love learning from other moms & hearing about their experiences. I have friends who have completely different viewpoints than mine who also have healthy, well-fed & well-rested babies! Being a mom is a hard job, but it's the most rewarding thing I've ever done. I am so blessed by the experience! 

I'm also supposed to answer these 5 questions to share a little about me as a blogger:
1. Why do you blog?
I blog to build community with other moms. We all learn through our experiences & I love hearing from other  moms. I have specific strategies that have worked for me, but every baby is different & I may find that I have to switch up some of my strategies with my next baby. I will greatly value the advice from many of the moms with similar of different views from mine as I continue on this journey of motherhood. I also blog to have an outlet & to keep track of my Isis' (& any future children's) life - like a digital baby book! I also would love for this to be a source of a little extra income if I was ever blessed enough for that to happen. Right now I do make a little money from my blog - enough to pay for my & my husband's date nights!

2. What do you blog about?
I blog a lot about being a mom & things I've learned through this experience. I also blog about blogging & tips or tricks I've picked up through my experience with this as well. I also blog about tv, movies, books, other forms of media or entertainment. As being a mom is not the only aspect of me or my personality, I find myself diving into different topics that come up for me in general.

3. What do you find to be the biggest reward you get from blogging?
The community. Definitely. There are several bloggers I know by name now who comment & visit my blog as well as send me emails with advice or tips they've learned. I find this so rewarding because it expands my circle of experts & people to go to for advice on a number of things.

4. How long have you been blogging?
I have been blogging on my mom blog since May 2009, but I've been blogging in general since January 2007 & for the first time ever I'm going to share the link on here to my other blog. But please don't judge it too harshly. I don't keep up with it now as often as I should & I didn't make as much of an effort to be really professional on that one. It was more of a fun, post whatever I want kind of blog. I didn't make an effort to socialize or meet people or get comments or followers. It was really just for me. Either way - here it is: Ingenue Perspective

5. Let's hear the story behind your blog title
Well, that comes from how I got my title for my first blog - Ingenue Perspective. I always loved the idea of the ingenue - the young, naive girl becoming a woman. I also loved the 1920's ingenue actresses. I just always loved the word ingenue really. I had a friend who worked with me in January 2007 who was helping me come up with a cool title for my blog. I knew I wanted ingenue in there because I always identified with this description of a woman. He actually just randomly threw out "Ingenue Perspective" so that it could be all about my thoughts & the world as I saw it. I LOVED that! Then when I found out I was pregnant, I just expanded that to be Ingenue Mom because it was still me, but it was specifically my "mom" thoughts.

This got a bit lengthy, so if you're still reading & interested in more about me or my blog, please read my About Me page & check out some of my Best Posts! Then Subscribe, follow me on Twitter and/or Blogfrog! I really am all about community, so I would love to follow you back! Please leave me a comment so I can find your blog & follow you as well!

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The Planet Pink said...

How fun to learn more about you! I lived in a van with 4 boys and 2 girls for 2 summers. That was enough for me! Great memories though.

Lindsay Blogs said...

It is SO COOL that you went on tour with your hubby. That's a dream. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog earlier. I'm your newest follower!

From Tracie said...

I love that you went on tour with your husband....what an awesome experience. You definitely need to write all about it!

Your daughter is adorable.

Brittney said...

I love your daughters name! How pretty!! Im also going to school to be a teacher, special education actually! :) nice to meet you!! Ps you go girl doing it all natural :)

Mommycrat said...

I certainly picked the right day to stop by your blog - now I know a lot about you.

Thanks for stopping by and following my blog - I'm now following yours as well. I had a great time surfing through your last few posts and think I might enter the contest you're judging (congrats!) - I'll have to give it a bit of thought.

Looking forward to reading more.

Alex said...

im over from the blog bash

what a great story and a beautiful family you have!

im following you now

Sandra said...

I loved this pictorial! What a terrific idea, and what a great way to get to know and love you even more!

Amy Sullivan said...

How fun! My first time here. I have a Ruby too! Ruby, love the name!

Bloggy Blog Designz said...

New Follower from Blog Bash! Love these pics! I can't wait to be a mom someday. I never would have imagined I would meet so many great people blogging!

One Cluttered Brain said...

BEautiful pictures of you, your baby your husband..
Love the prom pic!
You are beautiful! And U met your husband in high school?
That is awesome!
If I married the guy i was dating in high school we'd be divorced right now, probably...LOL.
But glad to see that some romances in high school end up well...
I like your blog, I'm already a follower, and Look forward to getting to know you more in the future!

Nicole said...

Hi, love your blog!

I left an award for you on mine, check it out!


JDaniel4's Mom said...

Stopping from the Blog Bash! I loved learning about you and your family. Isis is beautiful!

vibrantlytranquil said...

Great post! I am all about scheduling, too. Andrew is 10 months old and has been sleeping thru the night since about 4 months old. He is now only taking a 2-2 1/2 hr nap guess he is getting bigger!!

Have a great week with this Blog Bash!! Not Your Average Teen is the best!

Living on Love and Cents said...

Hello! I am already following you so I just "liked" u on fb. Stopping by from the Blog Bash. It I loved reading this! I like your blog and look forward to reading more! If you haven't already I hope you will stop by my blog and follow me too! I have lots of giveaways going on you might want to check out. My facebook is Have a wonderful day!

The Princess of Sarcasm said...

I'm here from Blog Bash.

Let me just say that Babywise saved my sanity! I am a HUGE fan of it. My kids were trained to be such good babies and sleepers. I think I might go ahead and start reading Teenwise so I can get a jump start on those years. *groan*

Sugar Mama said...

I was a Babywise mom as well!! I tell everyone it was the best thing for all 3 of my children (& my husband and me!).

flyrish said...

Thanks for stopping by and following my blog!

I'm looking forward to reading more about your unique perspective. Very cool that you went from band tour life to mom life so gracefully!

Stacey said...

Love the pictures! I also love that you guys met in high school...I started dating my hubby when I was 16. You definitely need to blog about your road trip band days!!

Lanie Ree said...

Oh hey, we are the same age. But I don't have any kids. When I do, I am definitely going to try cloth diapers.

I love the name of your blog.

Stopping by from the bash!

Donda said...

Just stopping by from the blog bash and looking at your photos you guys are such a pretty family...look like fancy TV people! I am over at

LeksiDesigns said...

Hello! I am visiting from Blog Bash! I love the pics! My husband and I met in High School as well. It is so fun growing up together!

Come visit me if you get a chance!

Getrealmommy said...

Thanks for stopping by getrealmama the other day. I have enjoyed reading a little on this blog. Funny how different people's lives can be, at 25 the last thing on my mind was having a baby ;) I wonder how different would be to parent in your mid 20's as opposed to mid 30's.... I'll keep reading and find out!

Danielle @ "We Don't Have It All Together" said...

Hey, thanks for visiting my blog! I am following you now & I gotta say... You have a beautiful family! I LOVE the photo of you & your hubby w/your baby bump, SO CUTE!! Your daughter is a cutie :) I cloth diaper too...and all that other stuff you mentioned, so we have quite a few things in common. I am looking forward to reading more!

Have a great week!

Jenn @ South of Sheridan said...

Your little one is adorable, and I absolutely adore the wedding photo! Glad I met you through the blog bash, I'm following you back! :)

Amethyst Moon said...

Thanks for following me. I really like the look of your blog. What a cool life you have lived, and Isis is beautiful. Following you back.

Nolie said...

Fantastic intro post and what a beautiful baby girl you got. I believe there is no right way when it comes to parenting. We all have our own beliefs to how it should be done. I salute you and your natural child birth. I am off to poke my nose around your blog some more.

The 3am Cloth Diaper Mama said...

<3 Here following you back from the Blog Bash!! It was great to learn about you and its soo nice to meet another CDing mama!!!
You baby is too beautiful!!

Tina Gray said...

Visiting from the Blog Bash and am your newest follower :) Loved reading about you. You have a beautiful family!

SueFitz said...

Nice blog coming over from the blog bash. Nice to read more about you.


Lindsey said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your lil girl is so cute! I just became your newest follower!

Heather said...

Thanks for stopping by from the blog bash. I really love your blog and can't wait to read more.

Brittany C said...

What a lovely post and thanks for the sweet shout out! :) Your little one is sooo cute and her name is adorble! Hooray for all natural! :)

Hope you are having fun in the Blog Bash! Have a great week and hope to see you in all the great events going on over at NYAT! ;)

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

I love the name Isis! Christian metal, too! I loved looking at all your pictures.

Holly said...

LOVE it!! And I breast fed my first for a year... she had no problem being weaned. That was the PLAN with #2, but when I tried to wean him, he became OBSESSED and it wasn't completely ACCOMPLISHED till he was about 15 months! With #3 I dried up at around 3 months ;`( and when #4 was 6 weeks, I had gall stones and pancreatitis, in the hospital for a week and a half and COULDN'T for a while due to the meds they pumped through me, and dried up. I was too sick to pump. But I agree that it IS the BEST way to go! ;D *sigh*

OH! Yeah!! I gave you the "Sugar Doll" Award on my Monday July 12 post of

Melissa said...

Your baby is adorable!

I am following you back.

Cassiopeia said...


I discovered your blog thru the Blog Bash.

Your darling daughter is absolutely sweet!

I love the term ingenue too - in fact, I've just read about different dressing styles and it's my favorite.

I love the naive - sweetness is bliss. Kudos!

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