Monday, October 1, 2012

On grad school, moms, and pregnancy

World, no cause for alarm, Camber and Isaac are still here. And Camber is taking a studying hiatus to bring you this update:

On grad school:

I never thought this possible, but I stayed out of school long enough that now that I'm back, I love it. 

I feel like everything I'm learning is so interesting. Being pregnant makes it more so. The other day I read a giant chapter on breastfeeding. After we had an hour lecture about what to do with a kid with a fever. Another day I learned the history of stethoscopes. Sometimes I don't understand why anyone would want to study anything else.

I have decided that studying to be a nurse practitioner will either make me a super mom, always knowing when to take my kids to the ER and when to tell them to cowboy up, or else it will make me a quivering bag of nerves, thinking through every obscure (and potentially fatal) disease that could be causing their sniffles. Considering how I've handled pregnancy, I'm inclined to think I'm doomed to the latter.

I've also spent some time comparing this experience to undergrad. So far the biggest difference seems to be that I haven't fallen asleep in class yet this time around. Even during 3-hour lectures. It's possible it has something to do with sleeping 8 hours at night now, instead of 5-6 like I did in undergrad...

On Moms:

In other news, we've had both of our moms out to visit. That means TWO trips to Skyline Chili, TWO trips to Graeter's ice cream, TWO trips to Jungle Jim's International Market,
Jungle Jim's deserves a blog post of its own, but I'll settle for  this--
the worlds' awesomest bathroom entrance. Inside is a normal (nice, in fact) bathroom.

and TWO trips to natural bridge state park.

Isaac's mom and I, at our sporty best.

My mom and I at the park

Underneath the natural bridge. It's no Arches in Southern Utah, but still pretty awesome.

On TOP of the arch. No railings or anything! WHAAAAT?!
Also, we are always happy to show off Aspen, who likes to pose as if preparing for a lovely back handspring. And then falls asleep instead: 

On pregnancy:
27 Weeks. 
Today I am 28 weeks, 2 days and officially starting my third trimester. However, I have made a personal resolution not to waddle until I hit 8 months. Then I plan to waddle on purpose, whether I need to or not.

Also, I am highly entertained by the belly button transformation process. I'm about halfway there, and feel like I should be photographing this for what I think is great You-Tube material. I'm pretty bummed I thought of this 6 months too late, but for any readers that are contemplating pregnancy, you're free to use my idea (please give me royalties if it makes you rich).

Additionally, I hope no one who has hard pregnancies hates me for saying this, but I love being pregnant. I love feeling the kicking and water polo she performs for me (even though she loves to aim for my bladder lately. WHY?). I love having the chance to create a life. This may sound cheesy, but I'm grateful every day to be pregnant.


  1. So glad you are liking school. And for the record, I LOVE being pregnant too! I love every minute of it (after about 13 weeks...)

    So happy for you!!

  2. Glad things are going well! As someone who has had a really rough pregnancy...don't apologize at all! Enjoy every minute of it and feeling that little baby kick inside of you. So excited for you guys. :)

  3. Yay! Another post! We miss you guys. Even though pregnancy can throw some tough things at you (me) every once in a while, I loved being pregnant too!

  4. Yay for school and for loving pregnancy! Sounds like life could not be any more grand for you. Love your updates!

  5. Adorable!! I'm so glad you are having a good pregnancy. You look amazing!!

  6. So glad you are loving school Camber! Maybe that's just a confirmation that this was the right choice? You look super fantastic. And so does your kitty cat. I wanna come visit so you can take us to the Natural bridges park. But most I just want to see that rad john. love that you took a picture of it. :)

  7. I think your belly is hot. Just sayin'.

  8. I am so thrilled to hear that you love school =) and you look fantastic pregnant!

  9. CAMBER - It looks like things are so good for you. Congrats on school and especially being pregnant. You are a cute pregnant lady. I'm sure knowing all you've been through makes it extra special. Good luck with all you up coming adventures.

  10. I love that bathroom entrance picture!

    I love the word "quickening" that describes a mom feeling her baby move for the first time. First feeling her kick really quickened my heart rate, made me wish she'd come faster, and increased my love for her by at double!

  11. Looking back, I totally miss being pregnant. I never felt more purposeful and special in my life. It's a wonderful feeling. Enjoy every minute of it!

    I'll be peeking in on you, so keep those baby updates coming!