Dec 9, 2012

London Yvonne - 2 1/2 Years Olds

Weight: 30 lbs (70%)
Height: 38 1/4" (97%)

London joined us for Sydney's 6-week well baby visit and first shots. I had scheduled her to get the flu mist and she could get one immunization so that starting at 3 years old she only gets one shot a year. And since she was there, they decided to do her stats as well. Kinda crazy to have one kid standing on the scale and standing to be measured while the other is in the little car seat scale and making marks head to toe on paper to measure her height.

London did great with the flu mist and was so brave for her Hep A shot. This was only the second shot she has received in the arm. London didn't shed even one tear, she was so brave. Both Cameron and I were quite proud of her. 

London has grown developmentally in leaps and bounds since she turned two. Her vocabulary has increased exponentially and she can string sentences together quite well. Just last night she clearly communicated that she wanted me to sit next to her at the dinner table. And she remembers information quite well, including the fact that grandma and grandpa live in Tucson. 

Cameron and I definitely think the new daycare has a lot to do with this progress. She's even slowly getting potty trained by them. Now we just need to focus on it at home. The delay is thanks to Cameron and me not being ready, otherwise London probably would be. I think we will be ready soon, once we are getting some proper sleep again. I've read takes a lot of patience which is a bit short these days. Right now, we are really working on getting London to focus on tasks at hand and not getting distracted when we really need her to do something, like walk through the front door so we don't run her over because we can't see her over the car seat with Sydney in it.

~ Sarah

Dec 6, 2012

Sydney Lee - 6 Week Stats

Sydney Lee - 6 Weeks
Weight: 11 lbs 4 oz (80-85%)
Height: 23" (90-95%)
Head Circumference: 14 1/2" (15%)

Yesterday, Sydney turned 6 weeks old. Today, we went in for her 6-week check-up and for her first shots. Poor little girl did not enjoy those two needle pricks, that's for sure. I wanted to cry right along with her. Everything checked out good, though, and we have another healthy, growing little girl. 

Growing is understatement. At 6 weeks, Sydney has already outgrown her footed pajamas. Glad I didn't invest in too many 0-3 month PJs. Actually, when we did go shopping for her, I tended to get 3-6 month sized clothing as I suspected Sydney would be a lot like London. London outgrew these PJs at 2 months, so in some ways Sydney is on an even faster track. 

Sydney is coming into her own and beginning to look less and less like London's mini-me, but I don't think there will ever be a question the two are sisters. 

We've had our challenges with Sydney. While in the hospital, we started her on the formula available there, Gerber GoodStart. This was the same with London, but when London was 6 months we switched her to Enfamil, as we could purchase it at Costco. London didn't have any issue with it. When we got home from the hospital we switch Sydney to the Enfamil Newborn. We quickly determined Newborn was not the way to go for Sydney so we switched her to the Enfamil Infant. Things seemed to be better, but over time we have determined its just not right for her, making her especially gassy and uncomfortable, so we are back on Gerber Good Start. We made switch on Tuesday and already are seeing some promising changes. Sydney is finally ok with wiggling on the floor for more than 2 minutes, and I have to say I think the gassyness was a reason why she didn't like this position. 

Given the girls are 6 months apart in the time of year they were born as also proved interesting. While we mainly dressed London in onsies and used thin blankets with her, with Sydney we have found the thicker blankets are much more necessary as are the footed PJs. And Sydney getting congested so quickly in her young life was worrisome - so much so I insisted on taking her to the doctor last week just to be on the safe side. He said not to worry, it would work itself out, which it did. That's also how we know she has gained a whole pound in just a week and a half! 

Sydney is still sleeping in our room and boy is she noisy! We'll probably be moving her into her own room next week if not tomorrow. I just need to get a few things up on the wall and raise the bed first. Cameron and I are both looking forward to her sleeping longer stretches as well. Right now, Sydney falls asleep somewhere between 10 and 11 at night and makes it  to 2-2:30, but then is up again between 4 and 5 and again at 6 or 7. And after she wakes up at 4 or 5 she is usually restless until she wakes up at 6 or 7, eats a little and goes to sleep more soundly afterward. I am hoping this changes when she is in her own room and by the time I head back into the office in January. I'm definitely living off Diet Pepsis and not drinking enough water. 

~ Sarah

Introducing Sydney Lee Cenedella

Sydney Lee Cenedella - 10/24/12

You know that saying "The days are long but the years are short"? It is so true! As hard as it is for me to believe, Sydney has been with us for 6 weeks already! We took her to the doctor for her first shots and second round of growth stats this morning, but I'll save that info for another post (which will hopefully be soon!). For now, let me get you caught up on her arrival and first month. 

The first two weeks were a bit of a blur for me, between the hospital stay and the drugs, and it took us some time to establish ourselves as a family of four. Having a second child is a big adjustment as it is, and we have also been adjusting to Cameron's new job and the travel schedule it brought in the beginning. Did I mention we all came down with a cold, even poor Sydney got the sniffles. 

Sydney arrived at 8:11 AM on October 24, 2012 as planned. I did, however, go into labor while we were waiting for the c-section. When they hooked me up to the monitors at 5:30 AM that morning, the nurse was quite shocked at all the contractions. I wasn't feeling any of them at the time. But around 7 AM I did start to feel them. Luckily, they never got painful before I walked back to the OR and received the spinal block. I do have to say that was a bit more uncomfortable than I expected until the drugs took affect.

Sydney weighed in at 7 lbs, 15 oz and measured at 20 1/2 inches. She scored two 9s on her APGAR tests. As soon as I heard Sydney cry I was transported back to the day London was born. And she looked just like London, at least to me, though more like London after the swelling of the trauma of her birth had gone down.

The whole experience for me was much better than last time as hoped. The anesthesiologist was great as were my surgery nurses. My nurse did a good job of distracting me during the spinal block by getting me to talk and letting me squeeze her hand. The anesthesiologist did a great job of explaining every thing to me before and while he was putting the spinal block in and was great at explaining to me what was going on throughout the delivery. He even said that I would be feeling people touching me, and he assured me I would not feel the cutting of me - he was correct. And I didn't need the Demerol shot afterward as I didn't shake. I was, however, sick to my stomach and would be for most of the day. I also itched like crazy. All side effects of the medicine to numb me. When I mentioned the itching to the anesthesiologist when he came to check on me later that morning, he quickly prescribed me Benadryl to help alleviate the discomfort. The rest of the day was pretty much a blur. I remember my parents coming with London for a short visit. I was still very sick to my stomach but did my best to act as normal as possible for London. And she took seeing me hooked up to IVs and such in stride. I also remember Vicki and Joe visiting but I don't actually remember seeing them. I was so sick at that time I had to be laying down with my head to the side and my eyes closed to keep from loosing anything that may have been in my stomach at the time. Poor Cameron had to keep his lunch outside the room as the smell of it didn't add to my comfort.

We were saddened to learn that the nursery was no longer available to us. Apparently, Mercy felt they were sending too many first time moms home without having spent a full night with their new baby. Problem with that is they are then sending first time moms and dads home sleep deprived. I can't say I got more than two hour stretches of sleep in and was quite ready to go home by Saturday morning.

Sydney is settling in, and London has accepted her amazingly well. London even acknowledges that I am Sydney's mom just like I am her mom. We're currently getting up about 2-3 times a night with Sydney, with a few bad nights thrown in there. And we have had some issues with the formula, but we think we have it all figured out by now.

Sydney looks a lot like London, especially with the expressions she makes. But Sydney is also very different. For one, she has a lot more hair than London had. And London's eyes were grayer and lighter - Sydney's are quite blue still. We'll see if that color sticks - London's really didn't turn brown until she was almost 1. Sydney also has gotten her chubby little cheeks sooner than London and is continuing that trend in the weight department, despite spitting up a lot more than London. Some of that can be attributed to the stuffy nose she had for a while.

Stay tuned for her 6 week stats.And make sure to click on her album to the right to see all her pictures so far.

~ Sarah

Oct 19, 2012

Completed: The Out-of-State License Plate Challenge

Last summer Cameron and I began tracking all the out-of-state license plates we were seeing when we were out and about driving. We would leave each other one word messages with the new state when we couldn't get a hold of each other. You could always hear the excitement in our voices too.

We debated on starting over at the start of 2012 but eventually decided to just keep going until we saw all 50 states. Along the way, we saw out-of-country plates like Turkey, plenty of Canada, Argentina and El Salvador. And we didn't always note some of those on the tracker we kept on this site. And then for the longest time we were at a stand-still. All we needed were Delaware and Rhode Island. We began to think that the residents of these states didn't travel or move.

Finally, last month I saw a Delaware on my way home from work. And, on Wednesday of this week, as Cameron was exiting a restaurant with his new boss and a rep from a company he now sells product for, he saw it. Rhode Island! Of course, he called immediately and had to explain to his boss and the rep why he was so excited to see a Rhode Island license plate.

I think for now we are done with the game. Maybe we will start over in the 2013, but given it took almost a year and a half to get all 50 states, we're a bit burnt out, to be honest. The one word voicemails were fun though.

~ Sarah

Oct 18, 2012

Baby Bump Wednesdays - LATE: Week 38!

Love my husband - he will do anything to make me feel better and make me smile

How far along: 38 weeks
What Fruit or Vegetable size is Baby: Leek/Pumpkin (my guess is she will be nicknamed pumpkin, too)
Average Size: 18.9-20.9 inches, 6.2-9.2 lbs
What’s going on with Baby’s development: Sydney should have plumped up over the last week and all her vital organs should be in good working order. She also should have firm grasp which we will get to test out soon!
Total weight gain: 38 lbs.
Stretch marks: There is just no hope – I’m sure there are new ones and the old ones are not happy these days. I actually have had to switch to hydrocortisone 1% ointment, as my belly is itching so bad and the doctor noticed I was creating a rash because of the itching.
Sleep: If it’s not one thing, it’s the other. Between Tulley, Kelsey and London, I guess I won’t be getting much sleep until I am in the hospital. And then who knows how much I will get given I will want to be woken up for my pain meds. I will, however, take full advantage of the nursery.
Best moment of this last week: Cameron coming home and the two hour nap I got in on Sunday.
Miss anything: I just want my energy back and my body back to myself. I’m tired of sharing it.
Movement: Plenty and ready for that movement to be outside of me. It hurts! The girl wants to stretch out so badly. My bet is she will be taller than her sister at birth.
Food cravings: Sushi and sweets.
Gender: Girl!
Labor signs: None. 6 Days! 1 1/2 work days!
Belly button in or out: Out
Wedding rings on or off: Off - hopefully it will be back on soon!
Mood most of the time: Tired. So ready for the 24th to be here.
Looking forward to in the next week: Seeing Sydney!

It’s a little hard to believe that the day is almost here whiel at the same time I am saying FINALLY and want the day to get here as quickly as possible! I am definitely ready to have Sydney join our family outside my body. This last weekend was really rough on me, even when we didn’t do all that much physically. My energy reserves seem to be completely gone. I can hardly wait for the weekend, with my parents arriving Friday afternoon who I hope will allow me to sleep in on Saturday and Sunday. Maybe even Monday and Tuesday. The big thing is just getting through these last few days of work.

We were a little worried Sydney was planning a surprise early arrival over the weekend. It seemed my energy levels completely disappeared. Of course, we had planned activities, but they weren’t long or exhausting. But by the time we made it home each day, I was zapped and couldn’t get much of anything else done.

This was driving me nuts Sunday night so I was trying to push through. Cameron wouldn’t hear of it and forced me to sit down and relax instead. That’s when we noticed how on top of me Jake and Tulley were. And when we thought about it, Kelsey had moved to sleeping on top of me versus next to Cameron snuggled up in her favorite green blanket. We began to wonder if I wasn’t about to go into labor. 

As a precaution, we texted Lynde an FYI and called Vicki, just to keep their phones close in case there was a need for us to run to the hospital in the middle of the night. Thankfully, that has not happened and as much as I am ready for Sydney to be here, I want her to bake as long as possible and I would prefer to not experience labor this time around. Only time will tell if that becomes the case or not.

There are still things I want to get done around the house before she arrives, but I’ve come to terms that these things may or may not get done before next Wednesday, and I’m ok with it. I’d rather put things on hold versus sending myself into early labor. People are so shocked that I am still working. If I were at home I’d probably push myself too much so it’s better that I get up and go to work, where I sit and work, and get paid for it, versus being physically active at home trying to get other things done. Plus, I’ll have 4 days to get some of it done before we head to the hospital. And since Monday I have had a beautiful bouquet of flowers to look at when I’m struggling to remind me that I need to take it easy and be at work. All thanks to Cameron.
This post is a day late, as I wanted it updated with the latest doctor visit as well. Our last appointment was yesterday afternoon. I only gained 1 lb in the last week. Weight gain has definitely slowed down. I may not hit th 40 lb mark after all, if just barely not hitting it. All is well with Sydney from what we can tell. The doctor gave us a run down on what to expect at the hopsital when we check in at 5:30 AM Wednesday. She said we will probably be ready for visitors around 10:30 AM or 11. We will definitely want some time to rest once Sydney is here.

Other than that, she suggested I take a Benedryl before bed to help with my itchy tummy and to help me sleep. I've gotten puffy in the last week and between my tummy and ankles I've been itchy. The other night not only were my ankles itchy but they were swollen and red like they were sun burnt. Given Sydney is moving plenty and my blood pressure is perfect, there isn't much to worry about, its just the increased histamines in me causing the issues. I do I have to admit I slept pretty well last night on the Benedryl.

When I write the next time about Sydney, it will be when she is here. Can't wait!

~ Sarah

Oct 15, 2012

The "Joys" of Pregnancy

This pregnancy with Sydney is likely our last one I will experience. Those that know me well know that pregnancy and I don’t exactly mix well – even when this one has by far been better than the one with London.

It's not that we wouldn't mind having more children. I do prefer to keep the child to parent ratio even or in the parents favor. But the main reason we are pretty sure we are done with having children is, and Cameron and I both agree on this, we don't want to go through another pregnancy. As Cameron says, things are fine until about month 6. The last 3 months are brutal. 
So since this is likely my last, I thought I would reflect on what I will and what I won’t miss about the “joys” of pregnancy:

I will miss:
  • The excitement of taking that POSITIVE pregnancy test
  • Finding out the gender - whether at the 20 week ultrasound or birth
  • Getting the nursery, the clothes and everything ready for baby
  • No period for 9 months straight! (I know TMI, but it is SO true)
  • Holding my baby in my arms for the first time
  • Feeling the baby kick for the first time
  • Hearing the heart beat for the first time and at every appointment afterward
  • Seeing the baby via ultrasound however often we get to
  • Working from home on days I have a doctor's appointment
I won’t miss:
  • Morning sickness!
  • Associated lower back pain that starts halfway through
  • Burning hips in the middle of the night
  • Being awoken to charlie horses as a result of stretching
  • Being forced to sleep on my side only
  • Not fitting easily on my side of the bed
  • Not fitting in most of my maternity clothes at the end of the pregnancy
  • Being limited in my mobility
  • The overall uncomfortableness of pregnancy
  • Not being able to have a glass of wine at the end of a long day or week
  • Not being able to take a bath (Cameron puts the kibosh on these as he knows I can only take HOT baths – well above any advised temperature for a pregnant mama)
  • The extra congestion, especially when a cold or allergies strike
  • It taking longer to feel better after a cold or allergy attack
  • Weird, active dreams
  • Getting up several times a night to use the bathroom or just to turn over
  • Not being able to get down and play with London like I used to
  • Not being able to cuddle with Cameron becuase I am a heater and it is just too hot to cuddle (meanwhile, Cameron is snuggled under several blankets, Tulley and Kelsey)
  • The baby kicks at the end - sorry but they can hurt and are very uncomfortable these days
~ Sarah

Oct 10, 2012

Baby Bump Wednesdays: 37 Weeks

How far along: 37 weeks

What Fruit or Vegetable size is Baby: Swiss Chard/Winter Melon
Average Size: 18.9-20.9 inches, 6.2-9.2 lbs
What’s going on with Baby’s development: Sydney’s hair length should be about ½” to 1 ½” long – if she has any. My guess? She has black hair only a ½” in length, just like her sister did. Sydney is considered full term now so her lungs should be mature enough to adjust to life outside, but we still would prefer her to stay in another 2 weeks. She should also be gaining about a half an ounce a day (Good Grief! I swear there is no more room!). And she is practicing some skills such as inhaling, exhaling, sucking, gripping and blinking.
Total weight gain: 36 lbs.
Stretch marks: This girl is determined to give me new ones, the way she hangs “out” literally. My belly has been itchy lately with all the growth and movement going on.
Sleep: One night I can’t sleep at all due to burning hips, overall uncomfortableness or the need to pee 5 times. The next night I will sleep like a rock I am so tired and only get up once to pee. And while I miss Cameron while he is away there is something to be said about having the bed to myself (ok, Tulley & Kelsey are up there too) with all the pillows to spread out and toss and turn without the worry of waking Cameron up. I’m sure he’s enjoying not being disturbed by my snoring and tossing and turning as well.
Best moment of this last week: Having a nice date lunch with Cameron before he left for SoCal.
Miss anything: The big ones right now are wine and running. That and just being comfortable and do what I want with my body.
Movement: Definitely there – she likes to push her feet into my ribs and scratch my hips. Not very pleasant to be honest.
Food cravings: Was having sushi cravings apparently. And then I was wanting pot stickers, but I took care of that last night.
Gender: Girl!
Labor signs: None. 2 weeks (14 days) to go! 8 work days!
Belly button in or out: Out
Wedding rings on or off: Off
Mood most of the time: Tired. So ready for the 24th to be here.
Looking forward to in the next week: Dinner with London’s best friend, Evan’s mom Kristin tonight, Cameron coming home Friday, and the Pumpkin Patch on Sunday!

With Sydney full term now, if I go into labor, there is no stopping her. I still don’t think she is coming early though and honestly hope she doesn’t either as uncomfortable as I am. I really don’t need to experience labor again. I like that this time around is more along my terms and more in my control.

It will be interesting to see the differences between Sydney and London, since London came a week late and Sydney will be a week early. London really was a week old baby when she was born, wanting milk, not colostrum, and she was pretty strong, especially her neck. I hope Sydney’s strength, particularly in the neck, is similar to London’s as fragile babies make me nervous.

Supposedly now is the time that the nesting instinct can kick in. Ask Cameron and I have been nesting for months now. I’m an organized-type of person, what can I say. Being organized and prepared is the only way to 1) keep me calm and 2) keep me busy or I just go stir crazy. I’ve been preparing for Sydney’s arrival for a while now and still am when I can. Her room still needs to be organized and there is still a load or two of laundry to do. Plus, there are a few projects I would like to do for her room. I’d like to get it all done before she arrives but there is no guarantee that will be the case as between my body and Cameron, I have to listen and slow down. Just a week of work can take it all out of me and this past Saturday was a testament to that thanks to no sleep and burning hips Friday night.

By Fridays I really am just a lump on the couch until bed and everyone at work can tell I am exhausted on Fridays as well. At least I get to leave early this Friday to pick Cameron up from the airport and Thursday I leave early thanks to a doctor’s appointment in the afternoon.

The good news is I should be done with London’s dresser by the end of this weekend, and then I can truly focus on my Sydney projects, though I have done a little work on the silhouettes. If I’m really productive I may even have those projects completed by the time I am off for maternity leave.

~ Sarah

Oct 8, 2012

Weekend Update: Sept 29 & 30 and Oct. 6 & 7

Looks like I’m a bit behind on Weekend Updates. Sorry. I’m slowing down even more these days and spent the last week spending as much time with Cameron and London before I dropped Cameron off at the airport this morning. He’s on his way to Ontario to ride-along and job shadow a co-worker all week to get a feel for what his new job will be like. Luckily, he’s only gone 4 nights versus 10, this time around. And thanks to all our wonderful friends I have plenty of people to call should Sydney decide to make an early debut. I still don’t think she will. She’s having way to much fun making me feel uncomfortable and kicking my ribs.

Ok, back to weekend wrap-ups. On Saturday, September 29, my mom, London and I received a visit from Vicki, Joe and Connor. Vicki and Joe had some business to take care of in Sacramento, so Connor stayed with us to play with London and Tulley. London just adores her big cousin and Tulley was definitely in need of some rough and tumble play without Cameron being around for a whole week. The poor dog knows hunting season is just around the corner and is full of an unusual amount of energy, begging for someone to throw something for her to retrieve. Just 12 more days and she’ll be in dog-heaven, especially since Cameron got a great draw at one of the best refuges around for opening day.

Sunday morning, London and I said good-bye to my mom as she headed home. I felt so bad as my mom was not feeling well when she left and when she called me on Tuesday to say she had made it home safe and sound, she had no voice left. I’m sure London carried something from daycare and gave it to my mom. Kids are little carriers that is for sure. And my mom will likely just begin to feel like her normal self just time to turn around and come back out here for Sydney’s arrival. Hard to believe but she and my dad will be here next Friday.

Early Sunday afternoon, just after London went down for her nap, my childhood friend Sara and her husband Jim stopped by to have lunch with me. They were in town for another friend’s baby shower and were kind enough to extend their trip to stop in and see me. It’s been ages since we have even talked, so it was great to catch up with them and learn how the Bay Area has been treating them since they moved back there last year from Sacramento.

But the best thing about Sunday night was Cameron coming home. And he was home much earlier than expected – 4:30 pm! The rest of the evening we just enjoyed being our little family of 3, together again. Of course, Tulley was going nuts having Cameron walking in smelling of other dog and birds! We made sure to take her out a couple of times last week for some retrieving sessions.

One of those sessions even included London telling Tulley to sit and stay, throwing the bumper into the grass, then standing next to Tulley like Cameron does and pointing her in the direction of where the bumper landed. The cherry on top was London giving Tulley the “dead bird” command to go get the bumper! So over-the-top cute! I only wish we had gotten it on film. Makes me think Cameron is going to have himself a little hunting sidekick after all, or we will at least have a little dog trainer on our hands.

This past Saturday we headed over to the Tarrs to celebrate Brayden’s first birthday! Alyssa had chosen an airplane theme and had cute little details everywhere, including a “baggage claim” where the kids could pick up their goody bags on the way out the door.

Several of our friends were there and it was good to catch up with everybody. Unfortunately for me, it was once of the worst days I have experienced in this pregnancy as I hardly slept at all Friday night due to burning hips that continued to burn throughout the day despite the Tylenol I took.

Luckily, I wasn’t alone in the sleep deprivation area – poor Kim is in her first semester of nursing school. We hardly hear from or see her these days, which is completely understandable as she says she is up until 11:30 PM studying and then wakes up at 4:30 AM to start her day. Somehow, she still has time to keep herself in immaculate physical shape which is both awe-inspiring and irritating.

It’s mainly irritating to me right now as I am dying to get back into running. Cameron has dragged me into two sports equipment stores in the last week and with the cool weather FINALLY here, all the running gear is just calling to me. I was half tempted to sign up for and walk the Run to Feed the Hungry 5K on Thanksgiving, but that’s only 4 weeks after having Sydney and figured not only would Cameron prevent me from attending it but that my doctor would also put the kibosh on it.

It also didn’t help that this weekend was the Urban Cow Half Marathon, the last half marathon I ran and one of the most beautiful runs I have been on. Several of my old SacFit friends were running it this weekend. Oh the jealousy.

At least I have asked my SacFit friends to let me know when registration for the Winter/Spring 2013 session opens up. I know I will have a long road ahead of me to get back to my old pace, and the next half marathon I will be ready for will likely be the Urban Cow next October, but at the same time I need something to look forward to with how uncomfortable I am these days. It’s kind of like being sick when your body just can’t do what your mind wants. Cameron has asked me to not push it when I do get back into it. I told him if I get placed in the walk-run group, I will be content to be there until the mid-season analysis. I know my body will have a lot of recovering to do past the normal 8 weeks when it comes to running and distance running. I didn’t start SacFit until London was 6 months old, so my body had a better head start last time.

After Brayden’s birthday we headed up to Biggs to drop London off at Vicki’s. London’s day care is closed today for a Teacher Development day (coincidence it’s Columbus Day?) and Cameron figured we could use an extra day to ourselves at home without London to get things done and get him ready for his trip this week. Vicki also hoped we could sneak in a date night.

We didn’t stay long at Vicki’s given I was quite done for the day. When we got home we watched a movie before turning in. At least Cameron and I both slept better that night, and actually slept in on Sunday.

And because of those two factors, we were quite productive yesterday, even with a two hour nap in the middle of the day! And, while we didn’t have a date night, we did have a lunch date.

First, it’s hard to believe that sleeping in is 9 AM for us these days. I used to be able to sleep until 11 AM no problem. But by 9 AM yesterday, I was ready to get going. I got to work on various things like dishes and laundry, as well as making a little more progress on London’s dresser while Cameron mowed the lawn and finished unpacking from his Canada trip.

Of course, he’s waiting on me to finish up the dresser to be able to better organize the garage for hunting season so I did inhibit some of his plans. But, the two of us did tackle some of the Sydney organization that stares at us every time we walk out of our room and look into the loft. I can’t say the loft looks better than it did before we started, as I added more organized piles, but I did finish going through the tubs of baby gear that didn’t have clothes in them. Another hour or two and I think the loft will be picked up and cleared and Sydney’s room will be ready.

Around lunch time we headed out to the Folsom Outlets. We each received a very generous amount on a Banana Republic gift card at Christmas and with a new job on the horizon, Cameron wanted to see what they had in terms of work shirts, as he needed a few more for his new suits.

But why go to just one store? First, we headed to Nike and Cameron got a few new sweat shorts and where running gear taunted me for the second time last week. Then we headed to Eddie Bauer. It’s Cameron’s favorite clothing store for casual wear. He walked out with 4 new t-shirts and I walked out with 5 or 6 new tank tops. They were $5.99 each and I am in need of some new ones. Most of my current ones I have bought at Eddie Bauer over the years and while they have lasted, I definitely was in need of some new ones (especially considering some I had and wore during the early month of my pregnancy with London! And this one!). I can’t wait until I fit in them. Now I just need to go through my old ones and get rid of the real bad ones or move them to my workout or pajama drawers. They are definitely not suitable for normal, casual attire any more.

And we were quite successful at Banana Republic, finding 5 or 6 new dress shirts for Cameron. I think he even took all of them with him for this week! Since he found so many, I volunteered my gift card to the cause as well.

After our little shopping trip we headed over to our favorite sushi restaurant in Folsom to have our little lunch date. I hadn’t realized it, but I was really craving sushi, as it was very tasty and satisfied me so much that I almost didn’t need dinner.

But the productivity didn’t end there. While we did take a two hour snooze after all that shopping and eating, when we got up, I was back at it with the dresser and laundry, while Cameron worked on his office some and getting paperwork done for the new job. Then we both set about prepping the last two giant zucchinis from our garden to be made into our favorite zucchini lasagna. We have enough zucchini to make two lasagnas that we will freeze and take out when we are too tired to make dinner after Sydney arrives.

My goals this week while Cameron is gone, are to get the lasagnas made and in the freezer, and to almost finish, if not finish the dresser. We’ll see how that goes. It all depends on my energy levels and London. Plus, we have dinner plans two of the next 4 nights that could inhibit productivity a little. Somewhere in here I also need to get the Halloween decorations up.

Here’s to a productive and successful week for you and me.

~ Sarah

Oct 3, 2012

Baby Bump Wednesdays: 36 Weeks!

How far along: 36 weeks
What Fruit or Vegetable size is Baby: Crenshaw Melon/Honeydew Melon
What’s going on with Baby’s development: Sydney is almost ready to breathe on her own. In another week she will be considered full-term. Her skin is smoothing out and her gums are rigid, plus Sydney’s liver and kidneys are working. And basically good to go are her circulation and immune systems.
Total weight gain: 36 lbs.
Stretch marks: This girl is determined to give me new ones, the way she hangs “out” literally.
Sleep: Can’t get enough of it due to being uncomfortable or being interrupted to pee or just due to my normal schedule.
Best moment of this last week: Cameron getting home on Sunday. I missed him so much.
Miss anything: The big ones right now are wine and running. Oh and just being comfortable.
Movement: Seems constant sometimes and quiet at other times
Food cravings: None right now – can’t actually eat any big meals these days.
Gender: Girl!
Labor signs: None. 3 (21 days) weeks to go!
Belly button in or out: Out
Wedding rings on or off: Off
Mood most of the time: Tired and cranky. 21 days seems like a long time from now.
Looking forward to in the next week: Dinner with London’s best friend, Evan’s mom Kristin next week.

Let the weekly doctor appointments begin! We were scheduled to see our Nurse Mid-wife yesterday but scored and got to see Dr. Gordon who will be delivering Sydney instead. Dr. Gordon was with our other doctor over at the hospital assisting in an emergency procedure when we arrived for our appointment so our nurse mid-wife was behind in seeing patients as she was seeing patients scheduled to see her as well as the other two doctors. Well, Dr. Gordon finished assisting just in time to see me, which was great as I had some questions and concerns to run by her.

With my parents in town and Vicki & Joe visiting last Saturday, we got on the subject of the delivery as well as my delivery with London. Bringing up the memories reminded me of things I would have liked to have changed with London’s delivery if I could. Hind sight is 20/20, right?

Well, one of the major changes would have been the second anesthesiologist I had during my labor and delivery. The guy wasn’t horrible but he wasn’t the nicest guy either. And I understand it was 3 AM, but all the same I would prefer to avoid him if I can this time around. Dr. Gordon is more than happy to oblige by requesting an anesthesiologist she thinks will be better suited for me to help make this delivery much smoother and better.

With London, I didn’t really have a birth plan – all I knew is I was completely open to an epidural and would not be disappointed if the delivery ended with a c-section. Now, I definitely have a few more things in my birth plan to review with both the nurses and the anesthesiologist when we arrive at the hospital early Wednesday morning, October 24. I figure I will have these requests written out and packed, ready to review when I am speaking with each that day. I have to say, knowing somewhat of what to expect helps a whole lot. You can be told so much preparing for the birth of your first, but only real experience will truly help you have a plan on action you can hope to follow the second time around.

My mom was a huge help last week as well, getting Sydney’s room vacuumed and steam cleaned, as well as getting all the clothes cleaned and folded for me. Just take a look at all the to-dos she helped me cross off:

I’ll have Cameron raise the crib mattress soon. And while all the newborn baby gear is out – I still need to sort through and put it away in the appropriate areas. I was able to get the girls’ bathroom in order over the last two nights while London played in the bath – they’ve been painting at school and she has come home covered in her favorite color, blue. Luckily, it washes off very easily.

All in all, I am ready for this pregnancy to be over and have Sydney here. I grow more and more uncomfortable as the days go by. Sydney loves to hang out literally, so I look like and feel like I have a bowling ball in front of me, throwing my balance way off. To compensate for the balance issues, my back is tied up in knots. Even lying down can be difficult as finding a comfortable position is a task in itself. Last night I literally had to get out of bed and lay my elbows on the bed and lean over to feel comfortable for a bit – not great for actual sleep.

And the 103 degrees weather we had yesterday was ridiculous. This is October! My feet have swollen up so much that I can only wear flips flops and yesterday even my hands swelled up. Today, my right hand is still pretty swollen. Dr. Gordon said my blood pressure is perfect so there is no cause for concern, just to keep drinking water as much as I can. I think these next 3 weeks are just going to get worse and worse until Sydney arrives.

Next week will be interesting too, given Cameron will be gone for his new job and it will just be London and I. Luckily, since London doesn't have school Monday, Vicki is taking her Saturday night through end of work day Monday for me and then London's best friend, Evan's mom is making us dinner on Wednesday, which should help break up the week and keep us active. And Cameron won't be gone as long as he was for Canada.   ~ Sarah

Sep 28, 2012

London’s New Room Update: She's moved in!!!!!!!

First night in her Big Girl Bed!
There is a light at the end of the tunnel! Finally! I may even have the loft back in functioning form by the time my mom heads home! This is in large part thanks to my dad, who spent Monday afternoon completing the painting of London's room and then Tuesday building her bed. As soon as I got home from work, my mom and I set about to making London's bed with all the pillows, sheets and blankets and then I spent the next hour moving her personal items from Sydney's room, and clothes, and putting them away in the new room.

All Made Up With the Pillows. The bedspread is currently folded up at the foot of the bed. It's still too hot for a comforter these days. Sunday its expected to be 96 degrees!
London was quite excited about her new bed, particularly jumping on it while we were trying to make it up! And she went down better than I expected. To be honest, the transition has been pretty smooth, which makes me feel like she was quite ready for the switch. This eases my mind and has me hoping the addition of Sydney will go better than I expect.

Every night before bed, I sit or lay down with London in her bed and read her a book or two (or like last night try to read her a book 3x!). Then we turn on her Twilight Ladybug, turn the lamp off, turn on her Lamb which makes wave sounds for 45 minutes and her seahorse that plays lullabies. When I leave she is usually crying for me to stay but within 15 to 20 minutes there is no noise from her room. I sneak a peak when I head to bed, and I have found her under covers with her head on the pillow, holding her Minnie Mouse close and the seahorse and lamb nearby - which is funny cause I keep putting it at the foot of the bed!

She isn't completely moved in, and may not be for a while, as my energy levels are drastically reducing day by day, but once her daddy is home, we can work on more of the final touches and get her closer. For the most part, this to-do list is done!:

Someday a dresser will be seen from this angle. I've since moved in her bedside table and lamp.
The dresser is coming along slowly. While I was able to prime the dresser last week, I did have a few nights where I lacked any and all energy and therefore didn’t start the actual painting until Friday night. And I can currently only do one color at a time due to my design plan. 

Didn't have time to get the curtains up Tuesday night as well. We got them up Wednesday.
Plus, because of the brightness of the colors I picked, it takes several coats to get it to look right. Oh well, it will be done soon enough, I am sure. For the time being, I have some shelves in the closet that is enough hold her clean clothes while we wait. Half of the reason the project is dragging is the waiting for the paint to dry between coats.

Once I have the good camera back (and the room is more pulled together) I will take some true after shots of the room. Until then,you'll have to deal with my phone's camera.
And with London out of Sydney's room, my mom has been able to get all the washing of clothes done for Sydney. Last night I spent a good 30 minutes putting most of them away and even set aside an outfit for her to come home in. I'm hoping to have some energy tomorrow to really tackle the Loft and Sydney's room, so that I can feel we are ready for her. There are a few things I need to pick up at Babies R Us and Target still too, which will likely happen tomorrow. I'm sure my mom will be ready to get out of the house more than just taking London to the park.

And London, Tulley and I are definitely looking forward to Cameron's return. I can tell both are missing him as much as I am at this point. Too bad its only for a week.

~ Sarah

Sep 26, 2012

Baby Bump Wednesdays: 35 Weeks

How far along: 35 weeks
What Fruit or Vegetable size is Baby: Honeydew Melon/Coconut - I must have been anticipating this as I ate a bag of dried young coconut meat last week!
Average Size: 17.2-18.7 inches, 4.2-5.8 lbs (I'll bet she is on the longer side)
What’s going on with Baby’s development: Sydney’s kidneys are now fully developed and her liver can process some waste products. From here on out she is mainly putting on weight and may grow a little longer. Sydney’s sense of hearing is also fully developed and could possibly respond to high-pitched noises.
Total weight gain: 34 lbs.
Stretch marks: While I am quite good at using the Bio Oil I now know I will not escape some new ones – there is just no more room to stretch and I can see a few new angry ones.
Sleep: Restless. Kinda getting used to it. It was nice to sleep in this weekend with my parents getting up with London for me.
Best moment of this last week: Taking London to Fairy Tale Town with my parents and watching her eat her first ice cream cone.
Miss anything: Alcoholic drinks, running, spicy tuna rolls, being able to bend over easily, not being pregnant, having my body be my own
Movement: Seems constant sometimes and quiet at other times
Food cravings: None right now - my mom is feeding me well
Gender: Girl!
Labor signs: None. 4 weeks to go! Let the countdown begin! 28 days to go!
Belly button in or out: Out
Wedding rings on or off: Off
Mood most of the time: Going back and forth between tired and energized.
Looking forward to in the next week: Seeing my husband – I do miss him when he is gone. Although, having to share the bed with just Tulley has been nice. Also, getting London settled into her new room and big girl bed and getting the loft picked up and all things organized for Sydney's arrival. 

Sydney and I now get to see the doctor once a week, but when you look at it, that is only 3-4 appointments, depending if they want to see me the week of the c-section. We saw the doctor Monday, where I was told everything looked perfect and sounded perfect. We just have to continue like this to make it to the scheduled due date, which I can hardly wait for and at the same time do feel there is still a bit to do before then.

Having my parents here has been great. Though London would normally have been in day care yesterday during my appointment, it was an afternoon appointment and I would have had to run home to pick her up. Instead, she was already home with them, and I was able to run several errands to get lunch makings and dinner makings for the week, as well as some last little stuff for London’s new room, like a secondary window lock for the window, a baby gate to place outside her room so she doesn't wander when we are asleep, and a bed guard rail so she doesn’t hurt herself rolling out of her new big girl bed - not that she is much of a mover when she sleeps.

All of us were remarking how far along bed guard rails have come since my day. I still remember mine – it was a bronze color, metal one with two horizontal bars. Not that the metal ever bothered me. London’s is mesh and on a normal bed can be flipped down for easy entry and exit. Of course, I picked a bed for her that it doesn't quite work as well on, but its enough.

And having my mom here means I am eating quite well. That’s probably why I haven’t craved anything – one night she made a bruschetta mixture using some of the last tomatoes from our garden and the yummy garlic bread from Costco, which she melted fresh mozzarella on top of first; and another night she made pasta with the fresh tomatoes, a red onion and Alfredo sauce.

~ Sarah

Sep 25, 2012

Weekend Update: A Long (& Needed) Weekend with the Parents

Riding a horse pulling Cinderella's Pumpkin Coach
Leave it to me to get heartburn for the first time during this pregnancy at 3 AM Thursday night, Cameron’s first night away off on his trip to Canada, who coincidently took all the Tums in our house with him! It was luckily quite mild and I was able to get back to sleep once I propped myself up on a stack of pillows and after drinking some water.

And while the heart burn wasn’t fun Thursday night, it’s a good thing I woke up as I quickly learned that I had locked our poor Kelsey Lou in the garage just prior to my going to bed! Poor thing was scared beyond belief and so relieved when I came to rescue her. She purred in my arms the whole way back up the stairs and snuggled with my while I tried to go back to sleep.

The more than usual disturbed sleep made for a rough Friday. Luckily, I have a wonderful and understanding boss who said I could start my weekend early. While it only started an hour early, it was just what I needed. I was able to go home, get comfy and rest while I waited for my parents to arrive.

The Pigs Squealed for Attention and then when they had ours, came over and turned their backs on us!

My parents were able to arrive just in time to go pick up London from day care. That girl gets the biggest smile on her face when she sees her grandparents for the first time after a long time. As soon as she saw them, she stopped climbing up the slide the wrong way and ran to my dad for a big bear hug. Of course, she had no problem with Grandpa carrying her to the car, yet will fight me every step of the way most days.
Friday night we laid low, all of us just relaxing and catching up. Saturday, we headed up to Chico so I could get my hair colored one last time before Sydney arrives. This will be the farthest I will be from home now for a while; probably until Sydney is a month old and I go back to get my hair done again. While I was occupied, my parents took London to the Farmer’s Market. Unfortunately, we forgot the stroller, so they spent most of the time chasing her around. But they did run into some old friends and thankfully, they really didn’t have a shopping list to fulfill.

My hair was done just in time for lunch, and we headed to Tres Hombres. The Tostada salad was delicious as always, but unfortunately, the service was slower than ever. It took 45 minutes just to get our drinks! That’s a little absurd when all we ordered was a beer and a virgin margarita for me. While we were waiting Gene Moffett was able to stop in to say hello and catch up briefly with us before he had to run back to the hospital as he was on call that day.

On the way home, we stopped in at McDonalds and got London her very first Vanilla Ice Cream cone (she has had ice cream a few times, but not in cone fashion). She was determined to eat it all on her own. The look on her face when he Grandpa took the cone away for a moment to catch some drips on one side was priceless! She only accepted a spoon when she had gotten down to the cone and needed to scoop the ice cream out. And she got most of it out!

Sunday my parents’ friends Jim and Kathy came for lunch. It was great to see them and we all had a lovely light lunch of Chinese Chicken Salad from Costco, the Garlic Bread from Costco that has actual cloves of garlic in it, and fresh fruit. I could not get enough of the bread. After lunch, my parents headed to Thunder Valley Casino to spend some more time with Jim and Kathy, and to gamble a little. According to them, the slots there are very tight. London and I got a few of our usual weekend to-do accomplished with the downtime.

Our weekend didn’t end there, either, as I took Monday off from work. I really needed that extra day and it was quite a successful day, too. We started the day off by visiting Fairy Tale Town, a first for all of us. We got there around 10 AM and it was dead. Perfect for us to wander and explore. London found any and all slides possible to go down, 5x each it seemed. And she loved seeing all the animals from the chickens (bock bocks as she calls them), to the Donkey, to the pot belly pigs and bunnies. The pigs were quite squeally that day and could be heard from all over.

Well, almost all animals. There was one slide called “Owl’s House” in the “Pooh’s Corner” section of the park. I had followed London up the windy staircase until she was safely at the top. I figured she would beat my down. When I got down she had still not come down the slide. We could hear her and she was calling for me. I had to go back up the stairs, where I found her stuck against the wall of the house across from a fake Owl, the kind of Owl you see at the top of telephone wires to scare other birds away. And admittedly, as a little kid I could see why she was scared. They aren’t made to be friendly and it definitely didn’t look anything like Owl from Winnie the Pooh! With my help, she made her way over to the top of the slide and headed down, crying wee the whole way.

That’s where all these pictures are from. Sorry for the poor quality and lighting. They were taken with my cell phone as Cameron has the good camera up in Canada with him and I discovered the battery in our old, small camera is dust as I could only take two pictures on it before the just-charged battery died!

Stay tuned for information on how the rest of our Monday went in London’s New Room Update this week as well as Baby Bump Wednesday.

~ Sarah

Sep 19, 2012

Baby Bump Wednesday: 34 Weeks!

How far along: 34 weeks
What Fruit or Vegetable size is Baby: Cantaloupe/Butternut Squash
Average Size: 17.2-18.7 inches, 4.2-5.8 lbs
What’s going on with Baby’s development: Sydney’s central nervous system and lungs are maturing so she is even closer to being ready for life outside me! Supposedly, Sydney could decide to descend lower in my tummy around now so I might be able to breathe easier – that is not the case, yet at least! Sydney is a high-dweller playing in my ribs and hurting me sometimes when she makes sudden movements up there.
Total weight gain: 30 lbs.
Stretch marks: Cameron and I think there may be 1 new one. The whole tummy looks to be getting a bit angry these days.
Sleep: Restless – more crazy dreams and getting warmer each night, even as it is getting cooler outside. It also doesn’t help that Kelsey is seeking out this warmth and wakes me up when she walks on my side-belly!
Best moment of this last week: Enjoying the company of friends for an afternoon BBQ to celebrate Sydney’s pending arrival.
Miss anything: Wine, Corona, running, spicy tuna rolls, being able to bend over easily, not being pregnant
Movement: Oh yeah – and it hurts sometimes
Food cravings: None right now
Gender: Girl!
Labor signs: None. 5 weeks to go! So close yet so far away!
Belly button in or out: Out
Wedding rings on or off: Off
Mood most of the time: Tired more often than not. Makes getting things done even harder.
Looking forward to in the next week: My mom and dad’s visit!
I’m hitting a wall and this does not bode well for me regarding all that still needs to get done! Cameron has restricted me to only a ½ hour to an hour of doing anything at all before he is ordering me to sit down.

We were thinking of asking work if I could work from home some more in October as we get closer, but given my nesting instinct being in overdrive we’ve decided it is actually better I get up and go so that I am forced to sit at my desk at work versus working in home to dos in between actual work. And with Cameron’s new job starting on the 8th we need to do everything we can to avoid an early arrival. My energy levels are so low I have been in bed by 8-8:30 several nights now.

Saturday was wonderful to see some of our friends, some of who we haven’t seen in quite a while, and they all brought little gifts along for Sydney. These will definitely help us out. While we don’t need much to prepare for her, there are a few things, and the help is always appreciated.

We all were a bit bummed that we won’t be holding our annual Halloween party this year due to Sydney’s arrival, but given Sydney is arriving right around the time we always hold it we’ll never skip it again. We figure we’ll have a kids’ party in the early afternoon and an adult party in the evenings. Syd will either love or hate Halloween. My guess is she will love it.

And while I am going to miss Cameron while he is away in Canada this next week, I am so excited to see my parents. We’re even pulling London out of daycare for the week so she can get spoiled and I am taking a day off to enjoy the time they are here before Syd arrives.

Plus, they are taking me up to Chico on Saturday so I can get my hair done one last time before she arrives. A girl’s gotta have her priorities, right? Hard to believe that when Cameron gets back and my mom leaves we’ll be just over 3 weeks out from her arrival.

As for my having to deal with Tulley while Cameron is away? Not sure how fun that will be. The dog is aching for hunting season and when she sees him packing up the truck with his gear tomorrow, boy am I going to get it when I get home from work without him!

~ Sarah

Sep 18, 2012

London’s New Room Update

It may not be painted yet, but London’s new room also doesn’t have a resident lizard any longer. On Saturday, when our friends gathered at Matt & Lynde’s for a BBQ to celebrate Sydney’s pending arrival, Cameron brought the guys over to our house for 20 minutes to move Spaz and his abode to his new spot downstairs, and move the boxes containing London’s new bed upstairs. I can’t thank the guys enough for their muscle!

Of course, Spaz wasn’t too thrilled about the ride he took and proceeded to be a grumpy lizard the rest of the weekend. But with his move, and Cameron moving everything out minus the printer and a file cabinet, the room is empty. Plus, he vacuumed and I have been able to cleam the blinds and prep the entire room for painting. Cameron hopes to get in some good time tonight getting the paint up. Hopefully its all done by the time he leaves for Canada on Thursday. We definitely lost a bit of momentum last week with him gone in Chicago and then both of us being exhuasted this weekend.
On Friday, the knobs I ordered for the dresser arrived, and on Saturday morning Cameron got the drill out so we could complete the coat rack with two of them! Whoo Hoo!

Speaking of the dresser, a little progress has been made on that front.

Saturday morning I began removing the drawer liner to the last drawer! I almost met my goal of removing the liner from a drawer per night but Wednesday, we were obviously busy celebrating Cameron's new job and Friday I was just too tired.

Unfortunately, the liner on this last one didn’t want to budge, either. I wasn’t able to finish it until Saturday evening. On Sunday I was able to get all the sanding done, but lacked the energy to get the coat of primer on.

I’ve hit that point in this pregnancy that I have less energy than I need, which means projects will be slow going from here on out. It will all get done, though. And it helps knowing that Sydney will be in our room the first two months, so I will have some time to complete her room once she is here. And she won't know whether she has a stocking at Christmas or not.

There won’t be an update on Prepping for Sydney this week. My lack of energy is the reason for this. All the clothes have been organized, folded and put away in plastic bins, and I have moved those bins into her closet, but there is still a huge pile of clothes that need to be washed and put away, which won't get put away until London has vacated the room. Plus, there are still a few bins of newborn gear I need to go through and put away. And again, I need a room to put that gear in!

So I really haven’t wanted to focus on any of those to dos as well. Maybe this weekend or next week. Only time and energy will tell.

~ Sarah

Sep 17, 2012

Embarking on a New Adventure

Last Wednesday all projects were pushed aside and instead had London and I make a stop at Safeway for Champagne and balloons. Why, you ask? Because after 5 years with Xerox, Cameron has been offered the opportunity to move into the medical sales field! We had to celebrate, of course!

Starting October 8th, Cameron will be employed by Armstrong Medical.

The opportunity couldn’t have come at a better time. Cameron had originally interviewed with the company back in February or March, but he felt it wasn’t a good time to further explore the opportunity given that things were looking to be going in a great direction for him at Xerox which included a wonderful manager, we had just found out I was pregnant, and we were dealing with 12 newborn pups and one tired Tulley.
We are so glad Cameron entertained that one interview. Armstrong called him about a month ago asking if circumstances had changed with Xerox at all, was he possibly interested in continuing the interview process with them. Coincidentally, some things had changed. We weren’t dealing with 12 puppies anymore and like Xerox has enjoyed doing over the last 5 years, they made some changes that were less than desirable for Cameron to deal with for even the short term, which included the 6th manager of his career there. Obviously, I’m still pregnant, but not for much longer. 
Last Tuesday, Armstrong flew Cameron out to Chicago, where the company is based, and participated in the final interviews on Wednesday. Everything went very well and they sent him back to the airport that afternoon in a limo after extending him the offer. 
Cameron’s territory will keep us in the Sacramento area, so no moving is involved. But it will result in 3-4 overnights a month as the territory is much larger. He’ll be covering south Fresno up to the Oregon border and over to Reno. 
Cameron has wanted to get into medical sales for quite some time and made it to a few final rounds of interviews but always seemed to lose out to those with actual medical sales experience. Looking back, these missed opportunities were blessings as Armstrong has already impressed us as a good company to work for, plus they can see the value Cameron will bring to their company without having previous medical sales experience. 

Cameron’s starting the job in October will make things a bit interesting given Sydney’s arrival, but Armstrong is doing their best to work around her arrival. Cameron will be out in the field with another representative the week of October 8th – away from home. We don’t know where he will be yet, exactly, but they are trying to arrange this off site to be a quick airplane ride home, should someone make an early appearance. The week of October 15th Cameron will be in his territory with his new manager, so he will be close to home and I’m still planning on working that week as well. He does have to go back to Chicago the week of Halloween, the week after Sydney arrives – but Armstrong is making sure he is home for Syd’s scheduled arrival. 
We are only now announcing this exciting news, as we wanted to wait until Cameron gave his notice to Xerox, which took place this morning. It has been interesting as higher ups are now coming to Cameron trying to find out if there is any way to keep him with the company. Unfortunately for them they are a day late and a dollar short though they promise to do everything in their power over the next 3 weeks to entice Cameron to stay. We'll see.
All in all, we are very excited about this opportunity for Cameron and can hardly wait for his first day to arrive, which will be here before we know it, given he’s off to Canada on Thursday for 10 days to go Goose hunting.
~ Sarah