Baby clothes and gender stereotypes

I recently had a baby. Derek and I named our girl Samantha. Ohmygoodness, we’ve loved getting to know her over the past few months. It’s been such a wild ride. Little Boss. A post shared by Camden Watts (@camdenwatts) on Dec 19, 2017 at 6:40pm PST When we outgrew all of the baby clothing that was gifted to us early on, I started shopping for new clothes. It’s a little overwhelming

2017 Year in Review

Whew, what a year. It was a pretty wild, life-altering year. To put it mildly. The Big News The year began with exciting news: Derek and I were going to have a baby! We spent the first few months sharing the news in person with family and friends. Eventually we had a gender reveal shindig so everyone could learn – at the same time – that we were having a

Two Months of Motherhood

My husband and I are two months in and we’re doing alright! The first month of motherhood was so lovely.* There was a lot of adrenaline, quality time with family and friends, and parenting things to discover. I was no longer pregnant so I could finally consume things like sushi, deli meats, and craft beer. I lost a lot of weight, too. Plus, there were so many baby cuddles! The

Photos from the hospital

I’m a mom. That’s still sinking in. It’s so new, in fact, that typing the words feels like I’m writing fiction. Becoming a mom has always felt like a far off idea; something that’d happen one day. Until it happened. Don’t get confused, though. Our daughter, Samantha, wasn’t a surprise. My husband and I were planning to have kids; it’s just wild when stuff like that actually becomes a reality.

Saying farewell to Louie

Last month my family said farewell to Louie. Louie was my shadow for almost exactly 10 years. My sister found him at the Wake County Animal Shelter in Raleigh, N.C., in 2007. I fell in love with him immediately. Louie was diagnosed with cancer in 2016. We found out he had cancer the weekend of my wedding anniversary. Every day since then has felt like the greatest gift to spend with

Introducing Samantha Payne

Two weeks ago, my daughter was born. It’s a pleasure to introduce you to my daughter Samantha for the first time. There’s a lot of stuff to share but a very limited window in which to write, work, and post in these early weeks. With little sleep, lots of tending to the little one, and adjusting to life as a family of three humans we’ve got our hands full. I’m

A big announcement for you

I’m a fairly private / shy woman. That’s why you’ll find me pretty hush-hush on certain things, especially when I’m in the midst of a storm. I’m very selective about what I share publicly because it influences my real life conversations. And, ya know, I’m so naturally awkward that I don’t need to add any fuel to that fire. It took me almost a year, for example, to start talking