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A would-be stay at home mom working full-time as a teacher. I teach at my old Highschool, working side-by-side with my own teachers. I blog to keep the Texan grandparents updated and chronicle our life for future reference. (In other words, I don't have a real baby-book or diary.) Comments make my day. Thanks for stopping by! kimlepper at gmail.com

Monday, March 30, 2009

The "Favorite"

We got a cat almost 2 years ago. Well, she was a kitten then. Anyway, it was to help stay-off the baby urges that were flogging me. Let's just say kittens always turn into cats.
It was only a temporary solution. Obviously.

So I was the one who got her, babied her, played with her, fed her, etc.

Guess who is the favorite?

cue typical scenes in our apartment:

Saturday, March 28, 2009

32-33 weeks Battle of the Bulge

Sorry I missed last week! Jer was gone on a Youth ski trip and I was in Nebraska. Amanda (my sister), who is a budding photographer, was going to take some belly pics, but we never got to it.

Anyway, both weeks have pretty much been the same. The babe loves flaunting his/her stuff. I get a bum that is always trying to come out my side. Pushing it really doesn't help as it just pushes the head into my bladder!

I spent a lot of time with Lucy this weekend. At one point I tried to explain to her some symptoms of pregnancy.

Me, "I'm getting my hair cut today! It's grown a lot. It use to be this short." (I showed her where it use to be.)
Lucy, "My hair grows fast too! As soon as they cut it I wash it and then it grows again."
Me, "Well, my hair and fingernails have been growing really fast because I'm pregnant."
Lucy, "What's pregnant?"
Me, "It's when you're going to have a baby"
Lucy, "Mommy's hair and fingernails grow fast, does that mean she is going to have a baby?"
Me, "No, some people's hair just grows fast, even when they aren't going to have a baby."
Lucy, "Amanda's hair grows fast too..."
Me, "No, Amanda's not going to have a baby either...just Kimmy."
Lucy, "Mine grows fast, but I'm not going to have a baby."
Me, "Right."

I really hope that conversation doesn't have repercussions later...

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Fly on the wall

Jer "Ok, let's decide on food for the week. I'm getting hungry!"

Me "Oh! Cheese steak sandwiches!"

Jer (frowning) "No, I have to be in the mood for that."

Me "Ok, I saw a recipe for Rigatoni with Spicy Italian Salami, Oven-Roasted Tomatoes, Olives and Capers."

Jer "No, I just had pasta. I want something meaty."

Me "I just suggested cheese STEAK sandwiches!"

Jer "I know. I just have a headache and can't talk about food right now."

Me "??? You're the one who wanted to decide on food."

Jer "Well, I'm not hungry now. Can we do this later?"

Saturday, March 14, 2009

31 Weeks- Carpal Tunnel and a Third Hand

This week was interesting. I'm 89.34% sure that I have carpal tunnel syndrome. It's not too bad unless I push my hand too hard on a surface or try and stretch my hands.
I also discovered my "third hand" at night. I wake up and no matter how much I flex my right hand, I can't feel a thing. I rub it with my left and it feels like I'm holding someone else's hand. I hate it! The only way to get blood flowing is to get up. Again. The baby is sleeping on something.
But, I do have to admit, Thursday and Friday night the babe curled up on my right side, somehow defying gravity as I slept on my left side and stayed off any nerves and blood flow. It was awesome!

I've decided it's a head that loves to sneeeeeeeeeeak under my right rib. And it really does try and sneeeeeeeeeeak up there. I feel a little pressure and then it slowly inches up up up...cute, right?


Anyway, I had to take a mental health day Thursday. I figured if I woke up crying for no reason that it might be a day I need to stay home.
Wow. I wish I had enough sick days to do that every month.
The best part was, after going back to work for one day, it was the weekend!

Ok, so, belly shots! If you put the last three side by side you can really see how much the baby has grown!

This is what my shirts says. It's comfy and hilarious. Love it! (thanks Danielle!)

Sunday, March 8, 2009

30 weeks! And the best husband ever

I'm so glad I'm in the 30's. Don't know why.
Anyway, this week has been ho-hum, I guess. It went by a LOT faster than last week, thank goodness!

I've been feeling naked. No, no I have my clothes on, I just stopped wearing my wedding ring. I'm just too scared to leave it on at this point. I can get it on and off, but only at certain times of the day and it was getting more and more painful.

Also, my feet have been very sore. I wake up and it feels like I've been walking all night. Like I'm walking on blisters.

The baby has discovered my hip bone and ribs. Not sure if I like this! The hip is ok. I just tell the child that he/she can kick it all they want, the hip is not going to move. The ribs...well, it's kinda hard to exhale all the way with a head (or butt?) stuck up under one side!

And man does the baby loves my right side.
This, however, is getting on my nerves.
As Jer will gladly announce to the world, I have a 'don't touch me'ism--

I don't care if you touch me, actually. I just can't stand repetitive rubbing, tapping, poking or pushing in the same spot. Chinese water torture would work on me in about 10 seconds. So a week with a head/butt pushing out on one side of me, in the same spot...well, you can imagine my frustration!!

I have to brag on Jer here, too. He is so awesome, I don't know how I was so lucky to marry him! This morning I got back from going to the bathroom for the umpteenth time and was near tears due to my feet. I asked him as I crawled back in bed if he wouldn't mind rubbing my feet later (but not the ankle) to see if it would help. About a half an hour later he comes in with a rolling pin and grabs my leg.

yeah, you are probably thinking the exact same thing I was!

Anyway, he puts my leg on his shoulder and starts rolling the pin on my thigh.
"uh, sweetie, that's cold and it's my feet that are swollen"
"I know, I'll get to them, we need to get the whole leg circulating." So he spent the next hour rolling my legs, feet, and rubbing my "highly evolved" toes. (I have the smallest pea-shaped toes. he says mine are more evolved than his. He's weird.) I hadn't realized this, but I was barely able to flex my toes before he was done. When he was done I was amazed- I could bend my toes! Anyway, he propped my feet up and said to stay like that for an hour.
no problem!
2 hrs later I got up-- and nothing hurt!
I'm telling you, he rocks.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Student Logic IV

Student: I don't understand why I'm failing.
Me: Well, you haven't turned anything in all semester.
Student: But I have it all in my folder!
Me: Great! Go ahead and turn it in.
Student: But it's not done.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Student Logic III

(Male) Student during a quiz: I don't know this.
Me: Well, I remember you being in class.
Student: I know. I was sleepy.
Me: I understand, but that doesn't mean you don't have to pay attention.
Student: I've been taking care of our new baby. I'm just too tired.
Me: So next semester when I have a kid and am tired, I won't have to do anything at work???
Student: um.....

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Student Logic II

Student: I don't have to listen to the teachers or nobody. Ain't no one who can tell me what to do but the government.

Teacher: And the government says you have to be in school.

Student: Oh, I know. And ain't no one gonna stop me from getting my diploma.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Student Logic

Student (who has been sleeping in my class all semester): I can't stay awake in your class because I'm next to the heater. Just move me and I promise I won't sleep again and I'll start doing my work.

Me: The heater has been off this week. You've been sitting next to the AC. If you're hot, take off your winter coat!!!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

29 weeks!

This week was...hard. I wake up feeling like I've gotten 5 minutes of sleep. But I better get use to it, I guess!

This kid is getting on my nerves. Literally. There is a nerve that shoots down my left leg, and all day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the baby snuggled up on it. It started as a dull ache- like a growing pain. By Wednesday every step I took felt like my hip joint had been replace with a dagger. My only relief was elevating the whole leg. I woke up one night to a charlie-horse in my calve due to the elevation. That was fun.
oh, and being awaken with a nice body slam on my bladder is quite exhilarating for those of you who wanted to know.

Jer took two pictures this week. One of me standing normal,

one of me letting it "all hang out." We laughed. No wonder I don't look pregnant! I've been sucking it in!

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