Welcome baby Cora Willow!

I haven’t been on here for quite awhile and I’ve been remiss since lots has been going on.  Primarily, this year I grew a person in my body and…

39.5 weeks- 3 days before my due date, the day after 12 hours of prodromal labor, 4 days before Cora was finally born.

39.5 weeks- 3 days before my due date, the day after 12 hours of prodromal labor, 4 days before Cora was finally born.

…last week she finally ripened up and decided to come out!!

Team Hampton is now one more body strong.  =)

Please say hi to our new baby girl, Cora Willow:

Baby Cora, 1 day old

Baby Cora, 1 day old

Born on Thursday, 10/2/14 at 10:28pm after 3 hours of super intense labor (and I thought Sean can out fast after 6!). She weighed 7lbs 6oz and was 20″ long.  I had a wonderful home birth and I was finally able to have the baby in the tub and catch her myself!  She came out, popped in her thumb, spent a couple minutes of looking about, and promptly went to sleep.

She is a great baby. She’s an especially good sleeper, which is super nice since Seany wasn’t. By now, I feel mostly able to satisfy her cries so she doesn’t cry much or for very long.  Our biggest difficulty has been with breastfeeding. I got help early from one of the midwives and even though nothing was magically fixed, it was encouraging to know she was getting some milk and doing ok (considering). We just had to wait and see for a few days, me doing the best I could. She had lost a total of 5 oz by our Monday doctor visit but within a couple days after that she was already visibly plumping up.  =)

love those little clasped hands

Baby Cora, almost 1 week old

She’s had a touch of jaundice but otherwise is super healthy!  Things are settling in now, we’re starting to learn her cries and her ways (like she loves to pee while you’re changing her and then poop in the clean diaper- super fun.)

Charles has been a trooper, doing all the stuff I usually do, all the stuff he usually does (which is quite a bit), plus a bunch of work stuff to make sure the substitute teacher would have what he needed to cover his classes. Good job Churros!!

It’s been kinda overwhelming so far, but thanks to help from family and friends most days, things have been tolerable.

Life with two kiddos is definitely going to be an adventure and I hope to update here more often so that you can tag along with us!


~Team Hampton

p.s. We’ve been getting some questions on how we picked the name. I got the idea for Cora from the character in Downton Abbey and because I saw it on a name list online but mainly because we both like it!  Turns out, it’s my grandfather’s maternal grandmother’s name, which is super cool for me since I really wanted a family name but we were having a hard time finding one we wanted to use. Willow is a name I have liked for many years and I feel represents my growing crunchy side. I like the image of this tree, beautiful, strong yet flexible…visions of nature and wilderness, or perhaps just sitting near a quiet pond.

Image from: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bloedel_Reserve_Willow_Tree.jpg#file

I like willow trees. 🙂

I think the combination of a rare old classic with something a little more hippyish struck just the vibe we were looking for.


New Jearb!

Many of you already know, but maybe you haven’t heard… Charles wrote this up to make a big announcement…

Hi everyone,

I got a job!  I’m very excited about it; it’s a small private Christian high school in Pasadena, and I’m teaching Honors World History, 2 sections of which are AP classes.  I’ve been at it for a few weeks now, and have been so incredibly busy that I haven’t had the time to write about it.

And although it’s running me a bit ragged while I get up to speed (the previous teacher just left and didn’t hand off much of anything), I am thankful to God for this great opportunity and very happy when I get to give a lesson in class.  I’m hoping that things will settle down by Thanksgiving, or by the semester break at Christmas at the latest.

So that’s it for now, just wanted to let you know that my years-long search is over!  And hopefully my students will have a high enough passing-rate on the AP test to have them re-hire me for next year.  🙂

Bouncing Around

Soooo…. I feel like tons of things have been going on for us lately yet at the same time not much at all.  The one big thing we did is a great trip out to see family in Virginia!  Alas, I only took one short video of Sean bouncing on the trampoline the very first morning and one or two more blurry (or unflattering) pics later on.  =(

Case in point:


A blurry pic of Charles sweet, cut arm muscles from his budding push up regimen.

Charles got sucked into is really excited about this push up contest he joined where you have to do 100 pushups per 24 hour period every day for six months.  There is money involved.  I will give him some credit since he’s been knocking those suckers out every day since and it’s doing some good things, let me tell you!  Not complaining anymore.  =)

I have started doing yoga recently.  I originally went with my mom to check it out and see if it’d be a good fit for both of us.  It’s been a nice bonding activity.  It has also been great for me!  I feel like I have my body back (to some degree) in a way I haven’t since Sean was born almost 3 years ago!  I started looking into yoga since my Doc recommended it to help with a problem I was having in my hip joint.  Apparently it’s really common in newer moms– your quads can take over when your abs get all weak from pregnancy and it’s exacerbated my sitting and hunching and you know, being alive.  =)  So I needed to strengthen my core muscles and tell my upper thigh muscles to chill out.  It has been SO HELPFUL.  Now I try to go three times a week.  It also helps me be more zen or something.  But in all seriousness, I can tell a difference each time I come home – I’m more relaxed yet energized.  Anyway, enough on the yoga commercial.

Did I mention I did a CIRCUS class?  My sisters have been going for awhile and I finally got the guts to try it out.  It was pretty crazy.  As an ex-gymnast with low flexibility and like, zero muscles now, I wasn’t sure what to expect but I had SO MUCH FUN.  It was also crazy hard and my arms felt like jello for a full 24 hours before they turned into exhausted soreness sticks coming out of my torso.  But I’m recovering slowly and already I want to go again!!  I am beginning to realize how maybe being active in ways I enjoy has a stronger effect on my personal well-being than I thought.

Maybe I should go swing dancing more often (Charles and I went recently for a date night- he’s getting good!!)  and before I know it I’ll be busy almost every night!  Guess that means I don’t have a baby anymore….

And did I mention he’s almost 3?!??!?  Time flies.  But at least right now, I feel like we’re flying with it!

Getting back up to speed

As I look back, I see that we have skipped a few things and haven’t posted much lately.  I’m aiming to get back on the ball and post a least a tidbit from a few major happenings until we catch up to present.  For today- a cute pic I rediscovered from our Godwin Family Christmas party!



A few of my favorite *Seany* things…

Thought you might get a chuckle out of this list of a few of my favorite things that Sean does or says these days:

“What are going happening here?”  whenever he is analyzing an unusual situation.

“Bravo!!!” and claps for himself whenever he’s proud of something he’s done.


“Eye-browns”  as in “I am putting eye-browns on this motorcycle.”   Oh, that still doesn’t make sense? =)

Well, what are going happening here?  He’s drawing eyebrows over the headlights (which do look a bit like eyes) of his duplo motorcycle, of course!

At last!!

Charles and I are very excited to announce that he has finally secured not only his teaching credential but a job to go with it!  Hooray!!
Sean Cheers

He was specially chosen for this new position by the school staff where he has been intermittently substitute teaching and more recently doing some private tutoring/teaching a student with anxiety issues such that he could not attend school proper. The new job will include teaching one ‘real’ class in the morning (Math) as well as teaching/tutoring 4 periods a day to help remedial students catch up in their studies.  It’s similar to a long term substitute job in terms of work load and pay but hey, it’s guaranteed work 5 days a week!  It all came together super fast- The idea was first mentioned to Charles last Friday and he starts work in two days!  =) 

We’re excited to have a bit more financial stability for this season.  He’s also lined up to teach summer school History again this year.  It’s looking like we’re set until Fall!  Charles has been and will continue looking for a full time teaching position for Fall of this year. He hopes to teach US History or at least something in the social studies arena!  But has his English CSET all ready and is considering working toward meeting the requirements to teach Math as well.

Sean and I will sure miss having Daddy home so much but we know we’ve been really lucky to have so much time with him here.  Sean is really close to Charles and they have such a fun time together.  It’s really cute to watch them play.  I’m lucky to have a super involved hubby who bounced Sean for hours to get him to sleep as a baby, now blinks nary an eyelash at the most potent poops, and who rushed in to save the day that time I got all covered in Seany throw-up.  Blech…  Lately, Charles has been cooking up a storm- serving up three pile meals, with veggies even!  I’m hoping that keeps going after work starts up….   A girl can dream, right?