Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!




I said at Thanksgiving, and I will say it again.  It's amazing the difference a year makes. 

Last year, I dreaded all the holidays.  It was our first set of holidays without Bailey.  And I was miserable.  We were miserable.  It was awful.  Last year, I remember wanting to crawl in a hole an not come out until 2011 started.  I was curious what I posted last year on Facebook, so I went back today to see.  I didn't wish anyone a "Merry Christmas".  The one and only post I put was:  "I know this isn't very positive, but I'm glad today is almost over."  And I was.  We had just made the decision to adopt.  We were working on our portfolio.  We had been in contact with the homestudy place.  We were in full speed ahead.  Little did we know what 2011 was about to bring us...It would bring us this little bundle of joy (and crankiness)!



This year, I am feeling incredibly blessed.  We still miss Bailey and that will never change.  But, having Cameron here the last 3 months, 1 weeks, and 3 days has given us so much hope.  I have enjoyed the holidays this year.  Even though Cameron will not remember them one bit, I have been so excited for her first Christmas!



Cameron got a gourmet dinner last night of level 1 Gerber sweet peas!  She liked them alright, but I think we will be good and wait before we give her anymore.  We only have to wait another 3 weeks!


As the start of a tradition, we read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to Cameron before bedtime.  She was impressed...not really, but we can pretend!

We opened gifts without her last night, but she got all sorts of goodies!  We didn't buy her a thing, because we knew she would get plenty!  She got an exersaucer and Under Armor from Aunt Sarah, Uncle Carlos, and Desiree.  She got toys, socks, clothes (that are too small for our "healthy" baby), and a rug from Grammy and Paw-paw (my parents). 

This morning (really this afternoon when we looked) we found out what Santa brought Cameron.  She got toys, air fresheners (Santa knows this girl can stink it up!), and a lullaby lamb!
 

Today, she got a pair of jammies from Granny & Papa (Adam's parents) and a teddy bear from Aric (her cousin).  She also got an outfit, a Rudolph book, and toys from Mimi (Adam's sister), Uncle Art, and Adrik.

We feel so incredibly blessed this year.  We know we have a special angel watching over us, and we know she had a hand in sending Cameron to us.  Bailey knew we needed this sweet girl to help our very broken hearts and Cameron has been exactly what the Dr. ordered!

Merry Christmas to you all!  To all of my beautiful, kind, sweet, and dear baby-loss moms and friends, you all have been in my thoughts and prayers, and your little ones are always in my heart!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Photo Bomb from our Sears Photo Session!

I have nothing to say really, so here are pictures from our Sears photo session today.  Cameron was NOT a happy camper, but overall, I am pleased with how they turned out!  I want more of her in the red dress though!  Happy viewing!
















Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thankgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my friends and family!  No matter where you are on your journey, I wish a peaceful time for you and your families.

It's amazing the difference one year can make.  Last year, I remember starting the month of November wishing I could crawl in a hole and sleep away the next two months.  It's no secret to anyone that I was NOT excited about the holidays.  I was so bitter and angry in my grief that we didn't even decorate for Christmas last year.  The only thing we did was buy a small pink tree (that we settled on because we couldn't find one that we loved) that sat on the kitchen table in Bailey's honor. 

Now, this year, I am so thankful because we have Cameron, our precious rainbow who has brought so much joy into our lives.  She has helped heal part of the gaping wide hole that used to be there.  Although that hole is still there, it is not as huge as it once was, and she has done a fine job at bandaging it.  This year, I actually am looking forward to the holidays.  This year, we are going to decorate for Christmas.  We bought a new pink tree (a bigger one) that will still be in Bailey's honor, but it will be for both of our girls.

Hanging out in her high chair at Grammy & Paw-Paws on her first Thanksgiving.  She's thoroughly impressed...

Today, we took Cameron to the cemetery for the first time.  We could not spend the holiday and not go visit Bailey's spot.  And since it was Cameron's first time there, we took a family picture.

Our little family...always missing one special little girl

Sisters

Monday, November 21, 2011

Road Trip to Ft. Smith!

This past weekend, we took Cameron on her first major road trip (that wasn't to Grammy & Paw-Paw's house).  We went to Ft. Smith, Arkansas to meet Allison, Josh, and a Genevieve!  Allison is one of the first BLMs I connected with and we talked about meeting back when Cameron and Genevieve were just the rainbow babies we dreamed of someday having.  For this trip to finally happen was fantastic! 

This was Cameron's first trip out of state (except for the trip to Texas when she was still hanging out in mommy's belly) and her first stay at a hotel!  She did very well!

Now...let the photo bomb begin!

Cameron chilling in the hotel bed...she's impressed...can't you tell?

Mommy & Cameron posing for a photo-op in the hotel room!

Allison & Cameron

Me & Genevieve

From L to R:  Adam, Me, Cameron, Allison, Genevieve, and Josh
A HUGE thanks to the stranger at breakfast who took pictures for us!

At the Arkansas Welcome Center

Adam was sweet enough to drive BACK into Arkansas once we got to I-40.  I was disappointed that we couldn't get a picture at the state line Arkansas sign as we were leaving Ft. Smith, because of it's location.  So, when Adam saw a billboard listing the Welcome Center as 8.1 miles east on I-40, he took us back into Arkansas so we could get a picture with a sign...all for documentation of Cameron's out-of-state trip!  He's so sweet!

I am so glad we were able to take this trip, and that we were finally able to meet Allison and her wonderful family!  We hope to be able to do this maybe once a year and watch these sweet rainbow babies grow up together!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Before Pictures and Stats

Here we go...pictures of the "before" just like I promised.  I by no means look super presentable, because these pictures were taken at 6:00 this morning...but, they will suffice.  This is all pre-TurboFire (which I started today!).


My Stats as of 11/15/2011:

Weight (according to last WW weigh-in on 11/9/11):  201.2
Arms:  15 inches (both)
Chest:  42 3/4 inches
Waist:  43 3/4 inches
Hips:  47 inches
Thighs:  27 inches (both)

In one week and then again in one month, I will re-take measurements and see how I am doing.  Hopefully I will see some progress!  I did my first TurboFire workout this morning (Fire 30/Stretch 10) and I enjoyed it!  Very fast paced!  Just need to keep up my motivation!

Not Happening...

I give up. I obviously cannot post every day for the month of November. I tried, and I keep forgetting.

I will be posting later, but I just thought I would put it out there that I cannot seem to do this post every day thing.

Epic. Fail.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Days 10 & 11 of Thanks & TurboFire

Of course...I missed another day. Honestly, I was going to do it last night, but then it turned into a nightmare night at my house. We either are still battling colic or Cameron was just upset because of her snotty nose...I don't know which to attribute the 3 hour screamfest at our house to...but it's one or the other. But, there was definitely NO pleasing this little girl last night!

Day 10 of Thanks: I am thankful for the nice weather we have been having. We are having lovely fall weather and have actually had rain. Oklahoma weather this summer was 70+ days of 100+ temps and very little rain. So, to have 50-60 degree temperatures is wonderful!

Day 11 of Thanks: Two things (one more as humorous and one serious): I am thankful for the 6 1/2 hours of sleep (straight through) that I got last night. After the 3 hour screamfest, Cameron was FINALLY done and slept like a rockstar last night! She went to sleep at about 10:30 last night, and she slept until a little after 5 this morning. It was so nice to get some straight through sleep (although, I was up at 4 because my hips and back were hurting and I had to pee horribly bad).

I am also thankful for all of the people who have, are, or will be serving in the Armed Forces. It is because of all of these people who are sacrificing so much that we have the privilege of enjoying the freedoms that we have. To all of you, THANK YOU!

TurboFire: I just ordered TurboFire (actually won an Ebay auction) and I expect it to be in next week. I need something I am going to enjoy doing at home, because until I go back to work, going to the gym is a little more difficult than I anticipated. So, I ordered TurboFire with the hopes that it will help me (along with Weight Watchers) at kicking some of this weight in the next 4 weeks (3 by the time I get it) before going back to work. I am very limited on clothing choices at this point, and I actually don't know that I will have enough clothes to get me through an entire work week when I go back, and maternity clothes are not an option, because everything I have is summer clothes.

I'll keep you posted how this goes too!

Have any of my readers tried TurboFire? How did you like it? Did it work for you?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Day 9 of Thanks, Sick Girl, and WW Update

Day 9 of Thanks: Today, I am thankful for cold medicine, but am sad that I can't give my sweet girl anything. She doesn't feel good and is so congested. She sneezes and the poor thing just sneezes masses of snot. Poor girl just rattles when she breathes. I just feel bad for her. Hopefully she will feel better soon.

She slept most of the day in her swing, and I had her Boppy laying on the ground. As I was getting ready to work out this morning, I walked by, and this is what I found:

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Desmond likes Cameron's Boppy!

Weight Watchers Weekly Update: I lost 1.2 pounds this week for a total of 4.8 pounds since I started. It's going much slower this time around, but it's because I haven't been on track and haven't been in the gym near what I was last time. Getting there...slowly but surely!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Day 8 of Thanks & Pinterest

Day 8 of Thanks: Today, I am thankful for my friends. Both real life (meaning I have actually met you in person) and my online friends. There are many people who I have never met face to face, but I consider close friends. I have pretty spectacular friends who have been there for me in good times and in bad, and I am so appreciative of all of you! You all are pretty fabulous!

Pinterest: I am so incredibly hooked on Pinterest. I have found myself wasting many hours on it. I knew there was a reason I avoided it up until now...and that reason would be because I knew I would spend way to much time on there! I am finding different workout regimens, different recipes, and all sorts of craft ideas! I can't wait to actually work on some of them and give some things a try! Maybe I will even post some of the "tries" on here! We'll see how it goes!

I did try the 10-10-10 Quick Interval work-out that I found on Itty Bits of Balance. It kicked my tail, but it was a GREAT workout! I found her website/blog through Pinterest and I am hooked!

Until tomorrow my readers!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Days of Thanks: 4-7

I've already gotten behind and didn't blog every day in November like I had intended...oops! This weekend was a busy one and we spent Friday through Sunday at my parent's house, and Adam has been sick, so it has essentially been just me on Cameron duty...so, this mommy is rather tired.

So, here I am going to try to get caught up on my Days of Thanks!

Day 4: I am thankful for our parents. They all have been there for us always. They are a wealth of knowledge and support. We are incredibly fortunate that our parents are all still married to each other and we hope to be as incredibly blessed.

Day 5: I am thankful for my job. I am incredibly fortunate to be able to take 12 weeks of to spend at home with Cameron, and then even more fortunate to go back to a job that I enjoy. In this economy, I am so grateful that can have both.

Day 6: I am thankful for my house. It's more than just a house...it's our home. We happened to stumble across it 2 years ago, and it was just what we were looking for. We have experienced a lot of firsts in this house, and I am so grateful we have it.

Day 7: I am thankful for my family. I am incredibly fortunate to have grown up in a large family, and I got to grow up with all of my cousins. Yesterday, as we celebrated my mamaw's 80th birthday and I got to see many family members I haven't seen in years, I was reminded at how lucky I am!

Hopefully I don't get behind again.

Weight Watchers update: I didn't track this weekend, and I didn't get to work out...weigh in this week is looking very grim.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Day 3 of Thanks & Music Question

Day 3 of Thanks:

I am thankful for my mamaw. Today is her 80th birthday and I am so thankful that I have gotten to spend all 28 years of my life knowing her, and I hope that I have many more years to enjoy. She is the only surviving grandparent I have left on my side of the family. Happy Birthday to my wonderful mamaw!

NaBloPoMo Question Day 3: Can you listen to music and write? What song did you hear today?

I can listen to music and write. I listen to music all day on my ipod when I am working. I haven't really listened to the radio today since I haven't driven anywhere, but I was watching Pop Up Video on VH1 and listened to Katy Perry's "Firework" and that's the only one I can remember...lol

Weight Watchers Weigh-in Update (weigh-in 11/2/11): I lost 1.8 pounds this week! I have stayed within points range for the last 2 days, and I did Zumba last night.

"Before" picture will not be for a few days, because my face has chemical burn on it from the facial cleanser I started using. Since I'm no longer pregnant, my face is broken out like a teenager going through puberty...I started using Clean and Clear facial stuff and it has chemical burned my face, and it HURTS! Guess I need to find something else to try.

Until tomorrrow....Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Day 2 of Thanks and Weight Watchers

I didn't like the question for NaBloPoMo for today "If you knew the next meal you would eat would be your last, what would you choose?" or something along those lines...So, I am going to move on to Day 2 of Thanks.

Day 2 of Thanks:

I am thankful for my amazing husband. We met while working at McDonald's and started dating in October 1999 and have been together ever since. He became my husband on June 4, 2005. I am a better person because of him. He makes me want to be better. He is an amazing daddy and he has given me 2 beautiful girls. I love him with all of my heart, and I look forward to what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

And my 2nd topic for today: Weight Watchers I'm outing myself, because I need to say it out loud and get some accountability. I have joined Weight Watchers again. I had gotten down to 154 pounds and then I found out I was pregnant with Cameron. I gained 72 pounds (yes, you read that right) while pregnant (I just did the math) and got up to 226 pounds. This is STILL not the heaviest I have ever been...when I joined WW in September 2009, I weighed in at 232.2 pounds. Since having Cameron, I have lost 22 pounds. I still weigh 204.2 pounds. I HAVE to get this weight off. I am embarrassed by how much I weigh still and I need to get some of it off before going back to work, because I am going to be very limited on what I have to wear.

So, I pledge it here again...I WILL get this weight off. I want to be the best mom I can be...I want to be a fun, fit, and active mom. So, I commit to doing the best I can every week. I will try to update here what I have lost each week (weigh-in day is on Wednesdays, so I will update either on Wednesdays or Thursdays)...please encourage me or maybe even yell at me if I have a bad week...show me some tough love baby! :) Keep an eye out...I'll post a "before" picture sometime within the week...I just have to get Adam to take one of me.

Thanks for your love and support!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

NaBloPoMo & 30 Days of Thanks

I am going to combine 2 things over the next month. November is National Blog Posting Month and also with it being November, I am going to include in every days post a reason why I am thankful.

NaBloPoMo 2011


NaBloPoMo Topic Day 1: What is your favorite part of writing?

My favorite part of writing (on this blog particularly) is because it lets me express feelings that I probably wouldn't say out loud...at least not to most people. It lets me talk about Bailey and Cameron without fear. It's my shield...I don't have to see people's faces when I talk about things that make them uncomfortable. It lets me be just me. I can vent when I am upset, write when I'm sad, celebrate the good things...I can write about it all.

Sharing here allows people to get to know me better. Whether it is that you've known me your entire life or we just met in the last 18 months...you get to learn more about me.

30 Days of Thanks: Day 1

Note: These 30 Days of Thanks are in no particular order.

Today, I am thankful for my 2 beautiful daughters. They both have taught me a lot about myself. Bailey has taught me that I am stronger than I ever thought I was. She has taught me to love unconditionally. In the short time she was with us, she taught me so many things. I can't even verbalize it all.

Cameron has taught me what it is like to be a mom to a child on Earth. She has taught me about patience. She has taught me how to function when completely sleep deprived (haha...just a joke)...She teaches me something new every day.

Stay tuned as I continue through November...and feel free to join me with either NaBloPoMo or 30 Days of Thanks! If you do decide to join me, please comment and let me know!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

18 Months

Dear Bailey,

Sweet girl, it's been 18 months since we said "hello" and "goodbye" to you. Where has time gone? There are days that it seems like just yesterday, and there are days that it seems like it was a lifetime ago.

Your sister is growing like a weed. She is 6 weeks old and when I look at her, and count my blessings that not only do I have her here with me and your daddy, but we also have you looking out for her. Because I know you are. I know that you sent her to us to help mend our broken hearts.

We still miss you and I think about you all the time. We still talk about you with people we meet and you will always be our first-born.

Mommy loves you and misses you. Keep a watch over your little sister, okay?

Love,
Mommy

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Weeks 4 & 5!

Week 4 was the week of October 15th and I didn't get around to posting a new picture!  Nothing really exciting happened that week anyway...it was par for the course!  I did go back to Weight Watchers during week 4...after my first week, I lost 4.6 pounds!  I do NOT foresee that good of results this coming week, but I also have my 6 week post-partum appointment and will hopefully be released to go back to the gym.  I've got a LOT more weight to lose!


Week 5 - It's been a LONG week.  I have finally accepted that Cameron is a colicky baby.  We have had some flat out miserable evenings...Friday being the worst of the all.  She cried pretty much non-stop (with only a few 5 minute breaks in there) from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  I finally went to Wal-Mart at 9:00 p.m. and picked up peppermint extract to add to her bottle and that got her to settle down.  We were all exhausted and miserable.  We have also changed her formula to Enfamil Prosobee.  I found out on Friday that I was on soy formula for the exact same issues...that would have been good to know in the beginning!  So, now she is on Prosobee and we are also having to put Karo syrup in her bottle because now she is constipated.  We can't win for losing.


This week, the weather got cold, so it was time to break out the jeans and long sleeve t-shirts...(this is also her 5 week picture)


I told Adam on Thursday that I deserve the super-mom award of the day because 20 minutes before Cameron and I were supposed to leave the house, I go to change her clothes.  I find the most massive-explosive diaper that has caused her to have poop all the way up the inside of her onesie, up to her neck.  It's on her front, it's on her back, it is everywhere in there!  I go to change her diaper and her clothes and when I take her onesie off of her, I get poop all over her face and in her hair!  I clean her butt off, run and make her some bath water, give her the world's quickest bath (including washing her hair), get her dressed, blow dry her hair (yes, I blow dried her hair...it was in the 40's and I didn't want her to leave with wet hair, so I blow dried it on low), and was STILL out the door on time!  I even had to change my shirt because I had poop on my shirt too by the time it was done!  LOL!

Friday, my mom and Desiree came up and we spent the day together.  Desiree helped Grammy put socks on Cameron...

Then Desiree thought she needed to hold Cameron while Grammy actually did put the socks on her...


And we had a first happen on Saturday night at our house.  Cameron slept in her crib for the first time!  She spent all night in her crib on Saturday night (when she was asleep).  She did get up at 12:30 to be fed, and then again at 4:30, but she slept in her room!  I actually slept in my bed for a full night for the first time since probably June?  Adam had anxiety because of the monitor and the noise it makes, but I actually slept okay, because we have the Angelcare monitor system that monitors movement and if it doesn't register movement after so long, it sounds an alarm.  We know it works, because the first time we attempted to let her sleep in her room, it was a complete and epic fail and when I grabbed her out of the crib, I forgot to turn it off.  By the time I got back in the living room, it was screaming at me!

I only have 7 weeks of maternity leave left...I'm almost halfway through...hard to believe!  I've been re-reading the Twilight series in preparation for part 1 of Breaking Dawn to come out in the theatres on November 18th.  We won't go watch it that weekend because we are actually planning a trip to Ft. Smith to meet Drew's mom and her rainbow.  But, we have watched all the Twilight movies while they were still in theater, and I want to finish out the series that way!  Plus, Adam hates going opening weekend...:)

All in all, we are doing good over here in the Southerland house!  Time is flying by and before I know it, I will be back at work, and we will be figuring out another new normal.  It feels like the past 2 years of my life have been about trying to figure out what the new normal is going to be.  First as just me and Adam, then as grieving parents, and now as parents of a beautiful rainbow baby, but never forgetting our sweet Bailey.  Someday...we'll get this all figured out!

The ABC's of Me

I stole this from Jessica...I thought it was cute, and I don't usually do anything like this, but I've been pretty quiet here lately and today Adam is on Cameron duty so mommy can have a little bit of a break.  :)  So, this is the first of 2 blog posts of today.  The 2nd post will be weeks 4 & 5 combined since I missed week 4.

A. Age:  28 as of May 7th

B. Bed size:  We have a Queen, but need a a King probably...with me, Adam, and Desmond...sometimes it doesn't feel like there is enough room!

C. Chore you hate: I HATE doing laundry, but if I don't do it, it will never get done.

D. Dogs:  Our adorable dog Desmond! 


E. Essential start to your day:  Breakfast.  Doesn't matter what it is, but I HAVE to eat breakfast.

F. Favorite color: Pink

G. Gold or silver:  Silver

H. Height:  I am vertically challenged at 5 foot 4 inches.  :)

I. Instruments you play:  I used to be able to play the clarinet and the flute.  I can't play either anymore.

J. Job title:  Teller Operations Supervisor - I won't say where.  Because of social networking rules and things in my life, I don't need to worry about whether or not I will ever get in trouble for something I say or put out there for the world to read.

K. Kids:  Bailey Danae - April 30, 2010 (our angel) and Cameron Bailey - September 15, 2011 (our rainbow)

L. Live:  Oklahoma - born and raised!

M. Mother's name:  Amy

N. Nicknames:  Nae, Nae-Nae, or Danae-Nae.  Nae is usually by Desiree (my niece), Nae-Nae by most people I grew up with, and Danae-Nae has been a recent addition to the mix.

O. Overnight hospital stays:  2 that I can recall.  1st would be when I delivered Bailey and the 2nd would be when I delivered Cameron. 

P. Pet peeves:  People who think they need to take up the entire aisle at the grocery store and then refuse to move to let you by.  I know I have quite a few, but that's the only one I can think of right now!

Q. Quote from a movie: Pretty Woman is one of my all time favorite movies...here are 2 quotes that I say every time I watch it...the first one is:  "Fifty bucks, Grandpa. For seventy-five, the wife can watch." - Kit and the second is "I want the fairy tale" - Vivian

R. Right or left handed:  I write right-handed, but most everything else I do left-handed.  I'm weird like that!

S. Siblings:  2 older brothers, Tres and Daniel, and one younger sister, Sarah.  This picture was taken at my sister's wedding in December 2008 which is the last time I think we were all together.  Good lord...I cannot believe how much I weigh in that picture...I honestly don't think I look anything like that now...and if I do...please don't tell me!

T. Time you wake up:  Typically around 5:00 a.m.  Right now though, I go back to sleep after Adam goes to work and then get up around 7:00 for the day.  But, once I go back to work, it will be back to the 5:00 a.m. schedule!

U. Underwear:  Ummmm...not sure about this one, but, yes...and I'm going into no more detail than that!

V. Vegetable you hate:  I HATE sweet potatoes!  Yuck!  Everything else is tolerable!

W. What makes you run late:  Before I used to be early everywhere I went...now, Cameron makes me late some of the time because I haven't quite mastered this getting 2 people ready thing!

X. X-rays you have had:  I've only had my neck x-rayed before because I was having major neck issues and couldn't turn my head without wanting to cry.  They found my curvature in my neck is messed up.

Y. Yummy food that you make:  Me, cook?  HA!  Kidding!  When I do cook, Adam likes for me to make my mom's homemade Chicken Alfredo.  And I love to bake!  Cookies and brownies are my specialties...simple, but delicious!

Z. Zoo animals:  I like seeing the elephants...I really want to go to the OKC Zoo and see the baby elephants now that they are back!

There you have it...The ABC's of me!  Random facts and some things just a little strange!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

October 15th

"When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn’t a word to describe them."  - Ronald Reagan

In October 1988, President Reagan declared the month of October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.  Today, October 15th, is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.  As part of this day, please take a moment and light a candle tonight in remembrance of all the babies taken too soon from us from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. your time.


I am 1 in 4 who has and will experience miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss.  I have lived it.  I still live it.  I have experienced two early miscarriages and I have also experienced infant loss.  It is not something that goes away, it is not something you ever forget, it is not something you "get over".

Today, and everyday, I remember my sweet Bailey and all of her angel friends.  And tonight, I will light a candle in honor of them all. 

Thinking of you all today and wishing you a peaceful day.

** On a side-note:  Today, my sweet rainbow, Cameron, is one month old.  I know her big sister is watching over her.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Three Weeks

October 6, 2011...today is my official due date with Cameron.  And instead of being pregnant, I have a sweet baby girl who is sacked out in her swing right now while mommy is blogging and daddy is playing Rage on the XBox. 

So, what is new in the Southerland house since week 2?  Cameron is more alert and stays awake for longer periods of time.  Her umbilical cord FINALLY fell off yesterday.  Tonight, we did the first real bath...she couldn't decide whether she liked it or didn't like it. 

One picture of the bath...didn't get many because Adam has this whole thing against naked pictures...he calls them "baby porn".

Post bath - she was not happy, but the point of this picture is to show how her hair is curling...she is going to have mommy's curly hair...poor kid.

Sleep - Cameron is sleeping for about 4 hours at a time now...which is making things a LOT easier on mommy.  And we have had to accept that our child is NOT a back sleeper.  She is going to be like mommy and be a belly sleeper.  Please do not take this opportunity to lecture me about SIDS.  I know.  But, I also know that when I put my child on her back, she immediately wakes up and starts SCREAMING at the top of her lungs.  But, she will sleep for 3-4 hours on her belly.  Unfortunately, I have one of those kids that just doesn't fit the textbook...shocker.

My sister came up on Monday and did some pictures for us.  I'm not going to post them all.  I did post them all on Facebook and if you are friends with me there, then you probably have seen them.

All in all, it's been a good week. She eats, she sleeps, she poops, and sometimes she stays awake for a couple of hours at a time...can't believe it's been 3 weeks already...and really can't believe Adam goes back to work on Monday. Cameron and I will have to figure out how we are going to manage this...all on our own. Yikes!
10/6/11 - high chair picture (I plan to start doing these weekly)

10/6/11 - No more pictures mom!

Desiree & Cameron - 10/3/11 - Photo by Sarah Fryhover

Boomer Sooner!  Rocking the crimson & cream tutu Kaysha got me!
10/3/11 - Photo by Sarah Fryhover

10/3/11 - Photo by Sarah Fryhover

One of my favorites...she looks like she just melted in daddy's arms.
10/3/11 - Photo by Sarah Fryhover

I "LOVE" her cute little feet!
10/3/11 - Photo by Sarah Fryhover