Thursday, July 31, 2008

Everyone loves THE boy.

I started to work on the slide show for Camden's first birthday. 8 minutes 30 seconds long, and we are only up to 7 and a half months. LOL I didn't even use HALF the pictures I have of him.

So I am sitting here on the edge of my seat over this Manny possible trade. I have never spent so much time on in ONE day!!!!
Manny don't leave us!!!!! Boston loves you!!!!! We really do!!!!! Don't be a Damon!!!!!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Could I Cut It?

The more and more time goes by, the more and more I feel like I should have got some type of college education. But nothing really interested me enough to take a large sum of money out in student loans and go back to school. So now I am at this cross roads. I have an amazing passion for birth, birth advocacy, my ICAN chapter, and really everything that surrounds truly natural birth, but what could I do to make that a job?

Become a midwife! I have been thinking about it for sometime. Since I became a doula actually, and recently since I got more involved with the whole natural birth movement here in Connecticut, I have had a lot of doors open for me. Lots of important mentors come out of the wood works that would not just take on or help any random stranger. I have researched on the different options I have and I know wholeheartedly that I could never make it through nursing school (as does anyone who knows me), so becoming a CNM (Certified Nurse Midwife) would be out of the question. Not to mention it would cost almost triple the money and take triple the time as becoming a CPM (Certified Practicing Midwife).

Right now in Connecticut CPM's are not illegal, but they are not legal. They are just there. They attend home births, and are well within their legal rights. Many local CNM and CPM are trying to get laws and legislation passed in Connecticut to protect CNM. It just has not physically happened yet. It would basically involve a distance learning program, basically a home study where you are in contact with the teachers of the program through e-mail and postal service, and then you have to find a local CPM to apprentice with.
In the end, you have to have x amount of births, and pass the exam that would certify you through whatever midwife organization whether it is MANA or MEAC.

It is something I really want to do, and I am young enough to really do it. I would have 7 years to complete all my training. Money is the only issue. I don't have $12,000 to pull out of my ass. LOL

Monday, July 28, 2008

New Glasses

I picked up my glasses today. Thank god, I can finally see! But it turned out to be a pretty eventful day. Certainly more than I bargained for!! I stopped to pick up my glasses, which was a project because I had to get Camden into the Mei Tai and walk up two flights of office building stairs. By the time I go to the second floor I remembered how out of shape I really am. LOL Then I had to wait 15 minutes for someone to "see" me and give me my glasses basically. I have never seen an eye doctors office work so strange. They have the Doctor and the eye glasses sections in almost two different offices. So strange. Then off we went to go pay the power bill at the ghetto looking check cashing place. EEK! Mind you, Camden has taken a 10 minute cat nap in between all this. That is ALL he has slept. He is getting cranky and pissed off. So I call my mom to see if she has had lunch yet, sure she has! My luck right? So I head over to her house to make myself a sandwich before I head back home. I pull up her street and there is this strange car in her drive way. Huh? What the heck? I walk in the house and head out the back door onto the patio and there is my Aunt Val. Lovely! Well that was fun to say the least. Now here we are, almost 3 pm and Camden still hasn't taken much of a nap. He is pissy and I head out to come home. Finally he falls asleep in the car, and now he is out cold in his swing. He is going to go down for the count early tonight.

I love it how I set out to do a couple quick chores and it turns into this huge project. Story of my life right?

Sunday, July 27, 2008

A true Hero

Over a year ago when I was pregnant with Camden, I met another woman on the Due in December 2007 message board on AOL. She was due with a little boy also, right in the same week that Camden was expected. We have kept in contact since the message board has disbanded and everyone went on their own ways, and the other day I learned some troubling news.

She (Carissa) has a younger brother (22 years old) who is an avid motorcycle rider, fell 36 feel on Monday evening while carrying her two year old daughter from their third floor apartment. During this fall, her brother saved her 2 year old daughter Rory's life, but almost lost his own in the mean time.

Now, this 22 year old man has a back broken in 5 different places, and may never make it out of a wheel chair again. All to save the life of his niece.

In my opinion, this man is a true hero.

Meeting Us

Let's start with Danielle. I am a 23 year old, married mother of one (Mr. Camden) also a Birth and Postpartum Doula, Birth Advocate and aspiring Midwife (some day right? LOL) I also am a SAHM to Camden, and the Chapter Leader/founder of the International Cesarean Awareness Network of Connecticut. I parent in my own crunchy type way, but can cut corners when I want. No one is perfect right?
There are many things in life I feel passionately about, and I tend to be obnoxious and outspoke often, but it is all in good fun. I am a huge Boston Red Sox fan, I enjoy nascar, and I love the New England Patriots. I don't want to hear anything about Spy gate thanks.
In high school I met this "bad boy" who nearly 9 years later is now my husband and the father of my beautiful baby boy. Which brings me to my next introduction.
My wonderful husband Will. He is a Marine (once a Marine always a Marine right?) a hard working father who busts his butt to support myself and our son, so that I am able to be a SAHM to Camden. He is the most amazing father, and husband. I could never imagine a better one. I can say he totally gets a big fat A +.
He is also a huge Boston Red Sox fan, New England Patriots DIE HARD fan, and a nascar fanatic. The Patriots and Nascar is him rubbing off on me, and the Red Sox is me rubbing off on him! Which brings me to another introduction. By far the cutest one of the family if I do say so myself.
Camden Kent
Born on December 11th 2007, 7lbs 7oz at 4:37pm.
Born via c-section, he single handedly started ICAN of Connecticut. One day he will really know the big difference his birth made for women all over the state. He is the most amazing little boy. So far we have 2 teeth, we roll over, eat food, crawl, say Mamamamama, and is just the most amazing human life. He has brought so much joy to myself and his father and some day, when he is older and can really understand, he will see how much he means to the two of us. I could go on and on about him for hours, because that is what mothers do, but I will cut it a little short so that I can finish introducing the rest of our family.
Last but certainly not least.. comes Fenway, Sox, Zena, and Pesky.... Yup, two cats and two dogs.