Monday, July 27, 2009

Take me out to the Ball Game!

Friday night was Cameron's first trip to a baseball game. In our town, the AAA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox has a team. They are the Salem Red Sox, and the stadium is literally 2 minutes from our house. Friday the weather was perfect, not too hot, not too cold and Cameron was a good boy all throughout the game! Okay, so he fell asleep in the 6th inning and we left in the 8th, but it was still awesome to have him there! Our seats were amazing...they were right on top of the Red Sox's dugout on the 3rd base line. In between innings, they had the "Sheriff of Mayberry" (hey, Andy Griffith is HUGE out here!) do contests with the Red Sox mascot and various fans. We caught some pictures of the Pie Eating contest that took place 5 feet from our seats! If you have ever seen the movie "Stand By Me" you'll agree with me that this scene was all to familiar! All in all, we had a fun, family night out and can't wait to do it again.

Mommy and Cameron:

Claussen's at the game!

Great Seats!

Pie Eating Contest!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Western Visitors

Last week we were so excited to have my dad, step mom and 3 sisters come out to visit us in Salem. My dad, stepmom and 2 sisters came from St. George, UT and my other sister Hannah made it all the way from San Diego! It was their first time meeting Cameron and we had a blast for the few days there were here. Since they were only here in Western Virginia for a few days, we made the best of their short visit by jam packing our days and nights! In fact, Cameron had such a great time and was so worn out that the 2 days they were here were the only 2 days he has ever slept through the entire night! Anyway, we went to visit a historic town nearby called Fincastle, went out to a sushi dinner that night and the next day we drove to Williamsburg, VA. That was a loooong 4 hour drive but well worth it since not only did we get time with the Western Visiting Family members, but my brother Dan, his wife Merianne and their baby David (who, by the way is 20 days younger than Cameron!) drove out from the Washington DC are to spend the day with all of us in Williamsburg.
Here are a few pictures of the trip!

Cameron with Grandpa:

Sushi dinner:

Cameron and 3 of his aunts:

Claussen's in Williamsburg:

Dan and his wife Merianne in Williamsburg:

Ralph pushing Cameron through gravel streets of Williamsburg:

Sister Ellie holding Cameron:

My dad and Ralph at Williamsburg:

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

My boy is 3 months old!!

I can't believe on Saturday Cameron will be 3 months. The best 3 months of my life. Here are a few recent pictures of my big boy.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Day at the Salem Fair

Every summer the Fair comes to town, and even though this is only our 2nd summer here in Salem, it has become our tradition to go and "people watch" and of course, ride the rides and eat all of the greasy Fair food. It is well known around town that Roanoke's best of the best rednecks come out from their backwoods homes and hills to visit the fair. Because of this, the Fair caters to them and makes them feel right at home. We actually saw this vendor with nothing but Rebel bumper stickers!

Last July while my family was in town, we braved the Fair for the first time with them in tow, and boy did my dear West Coast family get an eyeful. My sisters Hannah, Ellie and Erika had quite the experience paying 50 cents to view "The Smallest Woman in the World" and riding the giant swing ride. Here's a picture from last year of me, my dad and Hannah just arriving for a night of fun:

But it was fun this year for just Ralph and I to take Cameron-- and even though we didn't get to ride anything this year, we had a blast just strolling him through the crowds of Confederate Flagged tee-shirts and overalls.
Gotta love the South.

It was Ralph's TV station's night at the Fair, so here he is representing!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Smiles...oh the smiles!

Okay so first things first...I swore that when I had a baby all my posts wouldn't be about the baby or being a mom. I lied. I'm sorry, but I really have nothing else going on in my world except him! Now for the fun stuff. Cameron smiled at me! I had been waiting since the day he was born for him to smile! And to smile at me, not off into space or one of those "gas" smiles. But the other day he finally did, and he has been smiling ever since. I got a really cute video of his smiling and cooing but I took it on my camcorder and I can't find my USB cable to get the video onto the computer. So yesterday I captured this video on my regular camera, it is shorter and not as many smiles, but you get the point!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

6 Weeks Old Today

I cannot believe how fast time flies. 6 weeks ago today I was pushing (hard!) to get this little boy out of me. Now, 6 weeks later, he is almost 4 pounds heavier and my arm muscles are getting pretty darn big! I have been a slacker on this blog lately, but I hardly have time to shower these days, and I'm sorry y'all, but getting cleaned off from spit up, poop, pee and who knows what else comes first!

I am a litle sad that I start back up to work on Monday, but feel blessed that I did get a maternity leave and that I don' have to leave Cameron in a daycare somewhere. Now we'll see how much work I will get done while breastfeeding, calming a screaming baby, changing diapers and trying to give my poor Sadie dog some attention as well.

I love being a mama!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Happiest Day of My Life!

For 9 months, you imagine how the day will go. When will it happen? Will you be nervous? How it will feel to have your baby placed on your chest for the first time? What will he look like? Will you be in too much pain to notice?

On Friday April 24th, I woke up thinking my water had broken. I was 39.5 weeks along, and all I knew was it felt like I had peed my pants overnight! I called Ralph to come home from work so we could go to the hospital. As we were driving there, all of those emotions that had been building for 9 months began to well up inside of me! Was this going to be it? I almost peed my pants for real just thinking about it.

When we got to the hospital, the Doctor checked me and told us that I had an amniotic fluid leak, and that the best thing to do was to start the labor process. So i was admitted and they started pumping me full of Pitocin to start my contractions.

And oooh the contractions!

They started about 90 minutes after getting the Pitocin and they were very painful! I only endured about 4 hours of this before I asked for and received my epidural. At this point I was only about 4cm dilated. It was about 3p at this point. The dilation process slowed way down after the epidural.

But, at about 1145pm, the nurse told me that I was 10cm dilated and ready to push! At midnight, the pushing began! I pushed for about a half hour with just the nurse, and the the Doctor came in for the final pushes and the delivery. The Doctor told us that the baby was in the occiput posterior position, or face up. In deliveries, babies should be face down as they come out or it makes for tougher pushing for longer periods of time. But not for me! I was determined to get him out! At one point, he was so close to being delivered that the Doctor told me to reach down between my legs so I could feel his head. I did, and i completely lost it...the tears started flowing and fogging up my oxygen mask! It was becoming so real!

After 14 hours of labor and 1 hour of pushing, my sweet precious angel, Cameron Ralph Claussen was born at 1:02am on Saturday, April 25th. He was absolutely gorgeoous, conehead and all! My doctor and all of the nurses said they had never seen an occiput posterior positioned baby come out in less than 2 hours of pushing...and I did it in 1. Yes, I truly felt like Wonder Woman at that point! When they placed him on my chest I could not stop crying, and neither could Ralph. It was the most amazing moment in my entire life.

Cameron was 8.5lbs and 21 inches long and was born with a full head of dark brown hair. Ralph and I are so much in love and are so grateful and blessed to have this sweet blessing from God in our lives.