Thursday, February 25, 2010


Things have been good in the Beauchamp house. I'm going on 25 weeks and enjoying my little baby bump - this was my favorite time of pregnancy with Cam, when I could feel him move and my belly was not too huge and uncomfortable. I'm having a little bit of a hard time sleeping, which stinks on work days, but it's definitely worth it. In case you haven't heard, we're having a girl (unless something surprises us in another ultrasound, even though I've had 2, and I stay prepared for that, i.e. I haven't taken tags off of anything we've bought or washed anything)! Her name will be Sophia Nicole:) Brandon picked it out and I just fell in love with it! Cam is adjusting well to the idea of a new baby. He was ecstatic when he felt her kick for the first time:)

Cameron is getting so big! He's learning to read, which amazes me even though I know he's almost 6 and should be learning to read:) He sounds out letters and words all the time - the other day he was able to read "old" in Old Navy. It's really neat to me to watch him learn and grow - they grow up so fast, sometimes I feel like I need him to slow down and just be my baby boy! He is such a sweet boy - loves to snuggle at night, loves having books read to him (and now helping read), loves asking questions and figuring things out in his little world. He is also my little wild man! We have some trouble with listening at times (and in school), but we're working on it. I often feel like I'm raising my younger brother:) Eric turned out ok, so I don't worry too much. God has blessed us with a wonderful little boy and we don't expect him to be perfect - just to learn his lessons and hopefully not make the same mistake too many times:)

Things at church are going well, also. Brandon's been busy working on a new contemporary service, which we're doing once a month right now. People have been very receptive to it so far and the only complaint has been that it doesn't happen more frequently - can't complain about that:) It takes a while to make changes when your church has been around for over 100 years and consists of people who've been there forever, along with their whole families. We're all trying to be patient and just let God work.

Nothing much else to write about now. I'm working 2nd shift today, which I hate, but someone's gotta do it. Have a great day!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Very long time, no update:)

Its been forever since I've updated, so all 4 of you that read my blog can dry your eyes b/c I'm back:) I am now 17-19 weeks pregnant. My dr. says 19 going by my LMP, but the first ultrasound measurements from week 5 say 17 weeks. My dr. says we'll find out a more definite date on Feb. 5th when we also find out the sex of our new little one. I'm not too stressed about the discrepancy in due dates b/c they changed Cam's like 17 million times:) I'm enoying this 2nd trimester so far. I was super sick during my fist trimester, so I am simply relieved to have that over with. My weight gain so far is sitting about negative 5-7 pounds b/c I lost a good amount during that first 14 weeks. I'm not stressed about that - not like I started out at 95 lbs or anything:)
Cam is so excited about being a big brother. He is completely convinced that the baby is a girl and refuses to hear any talk of a possible boy. He also says he is pregnant (which is something you never want to hear your male child say), and asks about a million questions. We bought him the books, "What to Expect when Mommy's Having a Baby" and "What to Expect when the Baby Comes Home" by the same people who collaborated "What to Expect when You're Expecting." They've been very helpful and help to explain the hard questions, especially about how the baby got in my tummy and how it gets out:) Although we edited a bit, b/c I'm not ready to teach my five year old about ALL my anatomy, if you know what I mean. Plus, Cam repeats "interesting words" that he learns and I'm sure some of these words would qualify as "interesting". Nothing much else going on in our little world, just working hard and keeping busy! Maybe I won't wait so long to update next time:)

Friday, October 30, 2009

Big, big, big news!

I just wanted to announce that Brandon and I are expecting! Cammy is going to be a big brother and he is soooooo excited! We've known for a couple weeks, but wanted to keep it quiet until after my bloodwork came back and we had an ultrasound. I had been on Clomid for a few months, so I just needed to make sure everything was going like it should. It took us a year to get pregnant and I feel so blessed! Just pray everything continues to go well and smoothly. I had an ultrasound today and they saw a "Beautiful Sac", per the ultrasound lady:) She said it looked absolutely perfect. We go back in 3 weeks for another one to check for a heartbeat and do measurements. Right now, I'm about 7 weeks and the tentative due date is June 16th (interesting planning b/c camp is the 22nd and Brandon is supposed to dean and I'm supposed to nurse!). I've been pretty sick, which I didn't have with Cam, so that's taken some getting used to. Some meals stay down, some don't, but I will put up with anything b/c I am so thankful just to have gotten pregos again. Keep us in your prayers please!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Figured I'd give it a try...

1. Do you cook every night?
It goes in phases - I'll get in the mood for cooking and do really well for a week or two, then we get super busy and eat out a lot. I work a lot of 12 hour days and it's REALLY hard to cook a whole meal on those days, so some sort of fast food fits the bill (although I try to make it a little healthy, i.e. apples and salads instead of fries.) I really want to eat at home more and I have a lot of recipes I'd like to try. Secretly, I wish Brandon knew how to cook - wives, if your husband is a cook and loves it you are a blessed woman!

2. What kind of laundry detergent do you use & why?
Usually All rain scent and Snuggle fabric softener. I love our clothes to smell fresh and sweet!

3. Do you do laundry every day or loads at a time?
I try to do clothes and towels once a week on a day off, then tackle blankets and sheets on my weekend off. I like to have every ounce of laundry completed on my weekend off, the kind of keep up during the next 2 weeks.

4. How often do you eat out per week?
Depends on the week. Definitely lunch and dinner on Sundays, then maybe a couple times during the week depending on how busy we are! We eat out way too much and I am so aware of that!

5. Where do you usually eat out?
We eat Mi Ranchito a lot. I try to limit McDonald's, but my boys love it! We also do Applebees some, and I like Taco Bell every now and then. I eat lunch at the hospital some, but prefer to pack b/c then I always know I'll like what's for lunch:)

6. What is your favorite retail store?
I love Target, but the closest is Danville so we go to Walmart a lot. For clothes, I like Old Navy and Gap the best.

7. What’s your favorite thing to drink?
Sweet tea and water.

8. Do you take vitamins? What kind?
2 Flintstones everyday.

9. What percentage of the household chores to you do?
Brandon helps out a lot, so probably about 60-70%. Maybe more if you count the laundry, but he does a lot of dishes and swiffering. I do most of the rest, but he does outside stuff and the trash.

10. Do your children do chores? {Or will they, did they, etc}
Cam definitely will. Now, he is responsible for putting his toys away and making his bed. He does a pretty good job. He's also supposed to clear his plate after dinner.

11. Do you go to church?
Sunday mornings on my weekend off. Brandon and Cam go every Sunday morning and night. We also do Wednesday nights.

12. Do you have a housework schedule?
No, we just do what needs to be done. Laundry is probably the most scheduled thing.

13. Do you keep a working budget?
Brandon does the finances. We try to save as much as possible, if we eat at home more, we'll definitely be able to save more:)

14. What do you do at night as a family?
Depends on what we have going on with church stuff. If there's nothing planned, we watch tv, cam plays with toys, I scrapbook and read, Brandon does computer stuff. Sometimes Cam and Brandon play X-box together. We're pretty low-key around here.

15. How do you prepare yourself for a new week?
We just kind of go over my schedule, make sure Cam's bookbag is ready, I pack Cam's lunch if he doesn't want to buy. We don't so anything too in depth.

16. What do your mornings look like?
On a workday, I'm up at 545 am and I shower and get ready for work, then hea dout by 625 am. Brandon gets up at 7 or 715 am and gets Cam ready, then takes him to school. If I'm off, I'll take him to school and sometimes Brandon and I get breakfast together. On weekends, we take it easy unless there's a youth trip planned, or it's my weekend to work.

17. What time do you get up in the mornings?
See the previous question:)

18. What time do you go to bed at night?
10 or 11pm, Cam goes between 8 and 9, Brandon will go between 12 and 1 (he's bad for that).

19. How do you manage all of the paperwork that floods into your household? {bills, school work, magazines, ads, etc}
Brandon takes care of bills, I read my magazines whenever (they go on a table in the living room), I don't really get coupons, but we don't get the newspaper either. Cam's school stuff is gone through after school each day, I sign what needs to be signed, we do homework, and make sure his bookbag is ready for the next day. Junk mail gets tossed immediately, I hate clutter:)

20. How do you keep your household organized? {calendars, charts, etc}
We try to keep a calendar on the fridge. I kind of keep up with both our schedules, and remind Brandon of where we are each week:) We just try to keep it simple, not too complicated.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

A Day Off (Sort of...)

This has been a nice weekend. My mom, Paul, Z, my aunt, and cousin came to visit Thursday. We went to Fairy Stone on Friday, and they left Saturday morning. My boss let me change my schedule to come in at 11am so I could eat breakfast with my family before they went home. After eating, I headed into work (getting completely drenched in the process), only to find out I was on call until 3pm. So, I went in from 3-7, which was nice for a Saturday. I got to spend a little more time with my boys at home. Today (Sunday) I got put on call again, which was fine with me. The only problem was that I couldn't go to church because we have crappy AT&T and I can't get a signal at church. So, I've been here at home enjoying my coffee and watching a little bit of tv. The house was already clean, and the laundry was pretty much done b/c I did a lot of it yesterday. Its kind of a lazy morning for me! This week will be weird at work (and next week) b/c I have to work an 8 hr. night shift and a 12 hr. night shift each week. I've only ever worked one night shift and it wasn't a whole night - 3am-3pm. This should be interesting!
Cam started kindergarten last week. He did so well, and seemed to really like his new class and teacher. He said she's a "great teacher" and talked a lot about his new friends. He even remembered names, which he never knows, so I guess they made an impression on him. He walked in the first day like he owned the place, didn't even wave good-bye to us! My baby is such a big boy! I'm so proud of the little man he is becoming, but it's really hard to watch your baby grow up. He still fits in my arms and I can still pick him up, so that's good. He knows he'll always be Mama's baby b/c I tell him all the time:)
That's about it for this post. Nothing much else going on, just have to get through two crazy weeks of work! I'll let you know how the night shifts go!

Friday, August 7, 2009

What interests me...

I think I want to see that new movie about Julia Child, but one thing bothers me. I get caught up in the whole cooking through her cookbook in one year. I think about how much it would cost to buy that much food and then how horrible I'd feel if I messed up the recipe. I'd feel like I wasted all that money! because this cookbook is a french one, not jut a basic one. Anyways, I still think I'd like to see the movie, although I'm sure Brandon would not:) Maybe I'll learn something about cooking from the movie!
So, we're back from a wonderful week of vacation! We went to the zoo, spent time on the beach, and got plenty of shopping time in. Brandon and I went to a movie, also, which was nice. It was so nice being away, but it felt good to get back home in our own house and beds. I like the feeling that this has really become our home. We talk a lot lately about future plans, and I truly feel like we may be where we are supposed to be. I know God has His plans for us and can send us where He wills, but I hate feeling like everywhere we live is temporary. I think that happens with youth ministers, versus preachers. Youth minsters sometimes seem like they have a 5 year limit or so at a church, but as we near 5 years in Horsepasture it just doesn't feel that way. I think churches as loving as Horsepasture and rare and far between (at least in our experience).
I started back to work on Wed. after being gone for a week and a half, which was different. I actually felt like I can't believe my vacation is already over - I felt like we'd just left! I love my job, I really do, and I feel blessed to have it, but it makes me really appreciate those days off! Some weeks it feels like all I do is work, especially when it's busy and I may get called in for additional shifts. But, overall things are great at work and I definitely can't complain in this day and time!
Cameron starts kindergarten on the 19th, which is unbelievable! He has grown up so quickly, I wish it'd slow down just a bit, so I can enjoy each moment even more! He keeps us busy, but is one of the funniest, most independent little boys I've ever met! Everyone who meets him lets us know how unique he is and I take that as a total compliment. He' just his own little person with a huge personality! Keep us in your prayers as we continue to try to expand our family, I won't go into too much detail, but we are trying some treatments and hope that they'll work without us having to turn to high measures.
Have a great day everyone out in bloggerland!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Little update...

It's been awhile, again. What have we been up to? We just got back from a great week of camp last week at Pitt. I was the official camp nurse this year, and everything pretty much went well until the last hour of camp, literally. One of the campers became unresponsive on the girls' bathroom floor, where I proceeded to get her to wake up a little bit and did some nurse-like things (vitals, finger stick, sternal rub to wake her up). She vomited several times all over the place, so I called an ambulance b/c I couldn't transport her half-awake and vomiting (that's just begging for some aspiration). In the end, she had a ruptured cyst, which can be extremely painful. It was a little scary b/c I'm used to the ICU where we have everything on a monitor right in front of you, we just have to evaluate the results (heart rhythm, pulse, BP, O2 sat, respirations). This is not the case at a rural camp. It is not fun to find someone pale, cold, and clammy, and not be able to check their O2 content. Cameron Bailey had literally left 5 minutes before this happened, and he had equipment that would have been extremely helpful to me! Rule for next year: he has to stay as long as I do:) I also never want to call a mother again and tell her I called an ambulance for her daughter, that felt awful. Other than that the week went great. Brandon and Tim Hunt put together an awesome experience for the kids, we had a great staff, and several kids made important decisions. The best part? I got to spend the whole week with Teri and Ariel! We both value our friendship so much and living so far apart is sad sometimes, so it was nice to be able to catch up and actually have the time to hang out. And don't even get me started on Ariel, the cutest baby in the world (besides Cammy, of course). I could have snuggled her all day, everyday! She is so sweet and happy - I think everyone there enjoyed their special smiles she passed out:)
Now that we're home, it's been back to real life. I'm back at work, which hasn't been too bad. Cam is enjoying his summer "bacation", (can't make a "V" with no front teeth). He's lost another tooth on the bottom now, so that's a total of 6 teeth missing from the front of his mouth, hence he has a big hole that his tongue will fit through. He'll be getting speech therapy at school this year b/c he needs some help in that area. Part of it is the missing teeth, the other part is developmental.
At camp, Brandon accidentally spewed lime chalk? all over a room he was in and proceeded to inhale it. He had to go to Urgent Care yesterday b/c he was having trouble breathing with a raspy cough and his skin burned. The diagnosis: Pleurisy (his lungs are inflamed and irritated from the corrosive lime), and chemical burns on his back. He's on prednisone now and doing ok. Scared me a bit b/c nothing is ever wrong with Brandon, so when he says his breathing is hard, it's not good.
I've been doing more cooking! My friend Liz told me about a cookbook called Hungry Girl and I have fallen in love with her recipes! They are revamped ideas of our favorite foods that are bad for us and they are yummy, yummy! I also have been going on and getting really yummy, easy recipes. We are eating much healthier, which feels so much better than fast food on the run, which Brandon and Cam love.
Pray for me this week. I have a dr's appt. that will hopefully address some of the fertility issues I'm having. I won't go into more detail now, but it's a little scary for me and depressing. We hope God will bless us with another baby, but it's just not going as easily as we'd hoped.
I think that's about all for now. We have VBS coming up and then vacation in Wilmington, which i cannot wait for! This weekend is the fourth of July and we'll be at Smith Mountain Lake with Alicia (one of my best buddies) and her family, as well as some other good friends. Hopefully Brandon will be feeling better so he can wakeboard, he loves it and is really good! I'll just enjoy being out on the boat and the lake! Have a great Independence Day! Until next time......Jess.