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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

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

She Laughed!

It was so cute! I rushed to get the camera and was able to record this:

darn little red light...

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I Spy...?

The other day we went over to my parents place to watch a movie (HA!). Between Jer and I we saw 3/4 of it. For whatever reason Samantha would NOT go to sleep. So, after lots of crying and passing her back and forth we decided to just let her sit with us in the dark room with the TV and see if she'd doze (another HA!).

She ended up doing this:

We all ended up watching her rather than the movie. There is NOTHING on the ceiling. Not a fan nor light (well, the light was turned off). The only light is coming from the TV and a small side table lamp. So what the heck is she talking to?

I'd like to think her guardian angel is entertaining her, but she does the same thing at home, talking to our ceiling fan...

apparently he's very interesting

Smiles for Papa

There are two people who can calm Samantha down when she's in one of her moods.

Me (but only because I'm lugging around her size 32G pacifiers) and my dad.

We think it's his deep voice, but who knows! She can be the biggest cranky pants- I give her to my dad and she smiles. I love it! (and so does he!)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

You know your baby is a light sleeper when...

  • you don't close doors to where they latch anymore (including the bathroom) because it's too noisy
  • you've asked your spouse to shut the water off quieter next time
  • you don't flush the toilet while the baby naps
  • you say "shhhhhh!!" to your family more than the baby
  • you've learned to read lips so you can communicate with your spouse
  • you change the lyrics to lullaby's so you can ask for help; "Twinkle twinkle little Jer, can you itch my left cheek please?"
  • you don't dare cough, sneeze or fart while putting the baby to sleep
  • you use a hairdryer as a white noise maker, as it is the only thing loud enough to drone out your popping ankles and knees as you sneak away
  • you don't dare do such activities as read or text message while putting the baby down, as they are WAY to loud
  • you've contemplated pulling an Indiana Jones move to replace your hand on the baby with a bag of rice or a book so you can go to the bathroom
  • you only have 2 pictures of your baby sleeping; one from the first time you did it and woke the baby and one from the second time because you didn't learn your lesson the first time
  • you only watch tv in subtitles
you know you're baby is a light sleeper when you thought of this whole post while putting them to sleep!

(and you know your baby knows what they are doing when you do all of the above in order to wake them up and they don't stir)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Gag Me

Does this count as progress?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Only MY child...of all the things to make her smile

She's such a weirdo!
Takes after her father, obviously...

Monday, July 20, 2009

Rumbly in my Tummy

During a routine visit to my parents (for dinner, of course!) my mother had made her famous Ham and Noodles (with a delicious cream sauce), Garlic Bubble loaf (a family favorite for years), and my brother, his girlfriend and Jeremy were in the midst of a conversation about hamburgers, french fries and other such novelties that made my zucchini and squash dinner taste more and more bland. Finally I begged,

"Can we please stop talking about food I can't have?"

to which my brother responded,

"Sorry, Kim, sorry....so...hummus..."

Sunday, July 19, 2009

2 months/9 weeks

Ok, so I'm a little behind. We've had a birthday and out-of-town cousins visiting, so we've been living at Grandma's and Papa's!

Anywho, I can't believe my baby is 2 months! But I'm lovin' it. She is so interactive now and MUCH happier now that her tummy doesn't hurt.
But I really really wish this child liked to sleep. Or at least when I was around.

This past week we had 2 days of her going to sleep SO easily and often I couldn't stop smiling. Then we had 2 days of her staying up for SEVEN HOURS STRAIGHT (and fussed).
Then we had 1 day of sleeping ALL day and 1 day of fussing.
And then 2 days (ok, so that's 8 total, I'm counting Sunday to Sunday) of being sooooo happy and taking lots of good naps. Of course, the past two days were the days I wasn't taking care of her. These were the days Papa and Daddy were taking care of her. These were the days where she took 2 hr naps while mommy was out. And of course she always woke up just in time for me to come home, and then would fall asleep when I left again.

So, I'd like to say I know my daughter better. I'd like to say I know her likes and dislikes and give you stories of how she does such-and-such. But she's a different baby every day. One day she will only sleep swaddled. The next she'll fight it and won't sleep til you let her out. Same with sleeping positions, places, pacifiers and everything else.
But then she does things like smiles at me while nursing (first time Yesterday!) and it just melts my heart!

Here is what we DO know :)
8 week stats (done at 7 weeks):
8lbs, 11 oz (10%)
22 1/2 in tall (60%)
15 in head circ. (50%) -hence why she still can't hold her head up!

She still fits into newborn clothing (I think I'll cry the day she's too big...), but with the cloth diapers should really be in 0-3 mo.

She is cooing.

She follows us around the room (with her eyes, she's not mobile yet ;))

She is getting some gorgeous locks.

She sleeps like a rock on Grandma and Papa's bed.

Oh! I remembered one like of hers! She loooooves bathtime!

Now, the video!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Patty Cake

Our favorite daytime activity!


flail arms and make "the face"



Here's a video of it in action! Can you catch "the face"?

Sweet Squeakyness and Toes

This week has been a new adventure. More details later.

Yesterday she slept a total of 2 hrs from 8 am to 11pm.
Today, she can't seem to stay awake. But this is why I have a hard time sleeping when she sleeps!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Thumbs up!

She's so close!!

And if I try helping, she screams.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

My Clingy Family

'Manda got stuck.
To the rug.

Sam was freaked out when she realized she was related to them.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Sam I Am

We have not been able to get Samantha to take a pacifier (or at least one other than Jer's finger)
We did not want a binky baby, but with all the screaming and constant rooting, I'd be thrilled if she took a binky. The past couple of days I've been putting her on my chest, face down and she snorts like a little piggy and burries her head in my chest. We joke that she's looking for a truffle.

Today, after an hour of screaming non-stop, I decided to try the pacifier yet again:

(Say! I DO like green eggs and ham!)

now, if only we could find these...they seem to have disappeared during the move.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Saturday, July 4, 2009

First 4th of July!

Ok, so we (Sam and Me) are not doing anything, but Daddy is. Although, to think of it, she did have her own explosion. In her pants. That ended up on my pants.
FYI, baby poop stains.

Friday, July 3, 2009


Up from 3am-5am with a very gassy baby.
Up at 7 again, screaming off and on til 10.
Squirmed and sweated and screamed and tooted til 12pm (not me, the baby)
FINALLY pooped and crashed at 1pm (again, the baby)

so long, chocolate, my sweet love...(this time, for me)

Thursday, July 2, 2009


Samantha will let me put her down and be happy (or content) if one of two things is happening:

1) She's in the kitchen with me and I'm cooking/cleaning
2) She's in the bedroom with me and I'm folding clothes.

Can we say future homemaker?
the feet- always going somewhere
I love the kitchen!
all the sounds and shiny things
but really, it's serious work

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

48-72 hrs off soy, 1 week off dairy

2 hr morning nap
screamed for 1 hr
1 hr afternoon nap
screamed for 1 hr
30 min late afternoon nap
happy camper for 1 hr
fussed, cat napped
screamed 9-11pm

watched mommy in the kitchen for 1 hr
napped 1 hr
woke up wide eyed, pooped, nursed with minimal fussing and several smiles

why do I keep referring to myself in the 3rd person?

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