Thursday, August 22, 2013

Friends without Babies

First of all, thank you for the sweet comments and emails about yesterday's post. I felt kind of silly writing it since there is nothing wrong with Cameron and there are so many moms out there who do/did have a health concern, but I wanted to document it and remember it. I always want to remember to be thankful for our health and never take it for granted!

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I know I have talked to my friends with babies about how hard it is to keep up with your "single" friends because, let's face it, you don't control your life or your schedule once you have a baby!!

However, we have some amazing friends that make it a point to keep up with us! I have been friends with Sarah since middle school, and we've been through pretty much everything together. She just bought a house with her partner and have invited us over (Cameron, too) so many times, and we just haven't been able to make it work. Well, last night, we picked up Cam from day care and headed over, baby-in-tow.

When we got there, there was a sprinkler set up, cut up strawberries and lawn toys...all for Cameron! They did an amazing job of letting us relax while they played with Cameron (which I know they secretly loved)...everything was so thoughtful.

My mom came and picked up Cam to put him to bed so we could stay longer and really enjoy our time together with our friends.

Tickle session with our array of beverages ;)

Auntie Sarah stealing kisses


First course...delish!


Same-day-Lobster from Casco Bay


So, I am taking my foot out of my mouth and taking back my comment that it's hard to keep friends after you have a baby....I will just change it to say that you keep your real friends after you have a baby!!!

xoxo
Jess




Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Our first major scare as parents


Let me begin this post by saying that everyone is healthy, happy and just fine - and we pray this is always the case!

When I was pregnant, I opted to have genetic testing done. Not to terminate the pregnancy if anything came up positive, but to be prepared. I am a special education teacher, and I have a lot of wonderful resources right at my fingertips, and bringing a child with special needs into this world without any preparation is not on my list of things to do.

Anyways, when the genetic tests came back and the nurse called us, we were not expecting what came over the phone lines: I tested positive as a carrier for Cystic Fibrosis. We immediately googled it and educated ourselves briefly on CF. We were given the option to have Chad tested, too, but his insurance didn't cover it, and we knew there would be more ways of learning whether or not Cameron would be born with it. At this point, the odds were 1:100 that Cameron would have it; if Chad was a carrier, the odds jumped to 1:4.

As my pregnancy went on, the doctors checked every ultrasound to see if there were any signs of CF in Cameron. There were none. We thanked the Lord and went on with my pregnancy, but always had it in the back of our minds that it could develop later on in his life.

When Cameron was born, they did the usual tests, and his came back negative. Again, we thanked the Lord and started our life together as a family of 3 (plus 2).

Cameron has always had digestive issues, but never anything that seemed permanent to us. However, when spring rolled around, he had a persistent cough that would. not. go. away. The doctor diagnosed it as allergies and prescribed some allergy medicine. This really did nothing except help him sleep a little better.

After more than a month went by, we called his doctor again. By this point, he was already a year old. We went in and the doctor had blood drawn for an allergy test. Everything came back negative. The next step was a chest x-ray.

First of all, this was so traumatic for me because they put Cam in a plastic thing that held his hands up over his head and he had to sit on a bicycle seat. He kept looking at me, while screaming his head off and tears running down his face, like "why aren't you helping me, mommy?" Ahhh...I'll never forget that! Anyways, when we went back to the doctor's room, he had the results and his face was almost white. He said the x-ray showed either bronchitis or early stages of Cystic Fibrosis.

Our hearts dropped and I think we were both holding back tears. As we were talking, Cameron was playing with books, toys and food without a care in the world. How in the world could our sweet, active baby possibly have this disease? It made no sense. The only way to get a definite answer was to do something called a "Sweat Test." Basically, they put a mechanism on Cameron's arm to make him sweat, collected said sweat and tested it.

We didn't find out for 24 hours, and to say we were stressed/anxious is an understatement. End result: NEGATIVE. Getting that phone call kicked off a great weekend of celebrating our health and family.

I do have to say that all I could think about during this entire process was those family who do have children with special needs. You are angels. It is life changing and you become #2 for the entire life of the child. There are no date nights. No vacations. And that's ok because it's your child, and you are just happy that they are with you.

Sorry for the long post, but this was a major deal to us. I never want to forget how grateful I am for health, above all else, and to never take anything, or any day, for granted!! I am so lucky to have these two hearts all to myself!






Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Eat, Pray, Love.



I know that we all try to "do it all" and do it all well. Parenting. Blogging. Decorating. Entertaining. But, honestly, we can't give 100% to everything; something has to give. Right?





Well, the answer just came to me. Eat. Pray. Love. If you do these three things, your life will be full and you will be able to do everything that is important well. I have been trying to create a resolution-type-list, but let's be honest...another school year is starting, Cameron is always on the go, and life just will not slow down. Why in the world would I ADD anything to my list? So, here it is:

EAT:
Eat better. Exercise some. Drink water. These three things will give me more energy, make me happier and allow me to give my all in whatever I am doing: teaching, loving, parenting...

PRAY:
There's really no explanation for this one. I have been praying with Cameron before bed for as long as I can remember. I think it's important for him to understand. We are still working on finding "our" church and still want to get him baptized, but we aren't rushing it.

LOVE:
Give love to those who matter. Chad, my parents, my friends, my family...I adore my blog friends and Arbonne customers, but in the end, your family is what matters. I am going to stop taking away time from them and give them 100% of my love. I am certainly not stopping the blog or Arbonne, but my family is my #1 priority. I never want to take any of them for granted.

So, there you have it...my "resolution" list for the rest of the year. Of course, I still have lots of grand plans in the back of my head, but they may just have to wait...I don't think I will get punished if we aren't fully decorated for Halloween, right?! ;)

What's your answer to "doing it all?"

xoxo
Jess


Friday, August 16, 2013

5 on Friday: Another Weekly Wrap-Up


1) Cam got Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease over the weekend, so we spent a lot of time with socks, favorite toys and Seinfeld!





2) Chad is an amazing chef (in case I haven't mentioned that enough times), and he "whipped up" some chicken and beef satays. They were amazing to say the least. We cooked enough for 4, but somehow there were no leftovers!



3) We are lucky to live in one of the best locations for summertime fun and we have been trying to take advantage of everything we can! We went to an outdoor concert on Monday night that was so fun (especially with our "coffee" in tow!!) even though we were one of the youngest ones there!







4) We have had the pleasure of dealing with sewage leakage on our front lawn this week...Luckily, it's getting fixed today. (I'm sure our neighbors down the street will be happy when the stinky puddle is gone from their house!)




5) It's Friday, and it's supposed to be 80 degrees for the next 10 days! I will take it...

HAPPY FRIDAY!!


xoxo
Jess




Wednesday, August 7, 2013

NOT dressing as Teacher Mom

Being a high school teacher means that I have to compete with 16 year old skinny fashionista girls on a daily basis. Not really, but I do try to not dress the part of "Teacher Mom." I don't always succeed, but here some pieces I am loving for this fall.



Non-Teacher Mom



I always try to add an accessory or two...scarves are a staple and a pair of studs usually makes an appearance.

Dr. Scholl's has come out with some really cute and comfy flats...I will choose those over my Tory Burch's anyday!!!

Since I am up and down all day, walkin down halls, doing lunch duty, etc...I have to have some flexible outfits, so I always have some layers to get me through the day.

Adding some print to my outfits has been huge. If you opened my closet two years ago, you would have seen a lot of black, gray, navy blue, etc...NO PRINTS! Now, I try to have something in each outfit. 

Most of my shopping trips include GAP, Banana, JCrew and Target. I've learned that you do get what you pay for!! What are your favorite places to shop for work?


Monday, August 5, 2013

Our Weekend Recap

Living in Maine brings lots of lobster, walks on the beach and sweatshirts at night. This summer has been no different, but with a few less walks on the beach and many more sweatshirt nights...the temperature has ranged from 60's to 90's (just a few days), but that hasn't stopped us from enjoying it to the fullest. 

This past weekend, Elizabeth and Mac were in town for Mr Glaser's 70th birthday celebration!! Eliz is due in November, but they are currently living in Vegas. I cannot wait for them to move back to Maine with little Brooklyn!! 


Friday night, we met Eliz, Mac and Maria at Portland Lobster Company for a nice cold Allagash then headed to her parent's condo for some hors d'oeuvres and wine. Cam was a ham, as always, and behaved so well! 






Cam's new favorite game is to "share" but not really...he took every single blueberry back from Mac!


On Saturday morning, I took Cam to Target to let Chad have some time to get stuff done around the house. We went for shampoo and came back with $70 worth of stuff...It never fails. 




Some of our fun finds included shampoo rinser, more sippy cups and a new bath toy!


Chad and I did another catering event on Saturday, so Loulou took Cameron and they had a blast at the beach! (And someone didn't go to bed until after 8!)




Sundays always start with a family breakfast, but turn into Mommy-Cameron play dates while Daddy works. We met Lynn and Jameson at the playground then started a mini bar crawl through the Old Port...with baby in town



Just kidding, kind of. :) We did have our own version of Sunday Funday and met some friends at different bars. Luckily, Cam wasn't the only baby in the bars!!


He made a new friend at Gritty's and we got a play date out of it! We are heading to the beach with "Penny" this Friday!


After leaving the Old Port, I decided to head to Freeport to check out the outlets. Sometimes I can get some great deals, but no such luck yesterday. I picked up some sushi for dinner, headed home and relaxed with Chad for the rest of the night.

I would say it was a successful weekend full of friends, work, good food and sunshine!

I hope you all have a great week!

xoxo
Jess


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