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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

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Bathroom Party

Today was the last day we will be picking up Lucy from school. Long story short, my mom got a better job and will now be able to pick her up herself!

I realized today how much I was going to miss this time with Lu. Samantha loves her now and Lucy can make her laugh just by looking at her.

As weird as it may sound, I will even miss the extra company while in the bathroom (apparently our apartment is very lonely without me in the living area).

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

6 Months

How did this:

turn into this?:

A half a year?! WHAT? Considering I really don't remember the first 2 months of her life, this really isn't fair. Although she is SO MUCH FUN, she's getting too big too quickly. Seriously. She plays, cuddles, communicates, slaps, kicks, bites, giggles...all on purpose too! (Hm...that made her sound very violent)
Part of me can't wait to see what she's like in another 6 months, but it's a catch 22. I now understand what Julia meant when she said her baby wasn't a baby anymore. He was 8 months or something. I said, "If he's in diapers, he's still a baby!" Sorry Julia, I understand now!

At 6 months:

She's barely tipping the scales at 13 lbs
She can roll from front to back and back to front- although not to get anywhere, just when she's bored
She's sleeping 5-7 hrs in a row at night
She's napping- for real! at least one 1-hr nap day (the others are 20-45 minutes)
She loves her daddy- and gets so happy and excited when he comes home from work
She wants mommy when she's tired and cranky
She cracks up at the "white dog" and "goldfish" pages in Brown Bear Brown Bear, What do you See?
She won't sit- but loves to stand
She is MAJORly stranger shy
She still loves bath time (although there were a couple weeks where she didn't like it due to a very scary water inhalation incident)

and mommy and daddy are very proud: Her favorite toy is a spatula (people at mass always crack up when we pull it out)

Friday, November 13, 2009

Free Stuff!

I've recently discovered the awesomeness of giveaways on blogs.  I'm contemplating doing my own, but for now will just pass on the effort of others.  One of the blogs I follow (It's Twinsanity!) is a mom of 6 kids under 6 (with two sets of identical twins!!).  And her husband is in the military and just left for Iraq.  And she stays at home.  And she uses cloth diapers.  And nurses the youngest FOUR. And homeschools.

Talk about an amazing woman!
Anyway, she does reviews and is doing one with a giveaway that ends the 15th.  It's not something I can use (yet) but I know some of my readers' kids might like it.  So here's the link!

Strobe Light

Thursday, November 12, 2009

My Superhero

This morning Jeremy brought Samantha to me for her morning nap. While I'm nursing her he gave me the morning report:

"When I got up with her I thought she had peed through her sleeper again, but then I opened it up and woaah! There was poop all the way to her neck. I tried wiping it off and thought 'to heck with this!' and just gave her a bath. It soaked through to her sheets too, so I have those in the wash. I put it through a rinse cycle first to get all the poop off."

Seriously, is this guy amazing or what?!

Monday, November 9, 2009

6 Month Appt

Went to the doctor today for 6 month check-up (a little early, I know).

She now weights a wopping 12 lbs 12 oz (5% percentile), is 27 in tall (90%) and is still in 50% for head circumference. Yes, she's dropped in the weight percentile, but she has gained weight (and the appt was a little early). We'll be taking her in again next month just to check on the weight gain.

We did her first round of shots too...I did the minimum...praying for no reaction...I've been loosing sleep over that decision!

Sucking the life out of a pear

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Who is that baby, she's quite a doll!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Daddy's Little Girl

He still insists that she doesn't have him wrapped around her little finger....riiiiight!

Saturday, November 7, 2009


She's only 6!! *sigh*

Boring Halloween!!

There was lots of this (cut our second tooth)
And this was the extent of her "dressing up"

Grandma promised to take over for next year.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Hi ho, Hi ho, it's Off to Work We Go...

Samantha still loves doing housework with me. In fact, I don't do any while she is sleeping because she gets a kick out of watching me work.
I got down to her level to see what was so darn exciting.
I've got to be quicker these days. It's like her hands have little suckers on the ends of them. An object only needs to brush it and she's got a hold of it.

Making the bed

Can you find the baby? She was very good at pulling items from the middle folded piles. (again with the sucker fingers)

I love it when she does this. It's so hard for me to get a picture of her smiling because it's a whole body exercise. Edges of the lips curl up with her legs and she rolls off to the side--and generally out of the picture!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Arts and Crafts and Cleaning

I recently called my mom to apologize. While growing up she would always stay up 'til 1 or 2am doing book work or some scrapbooking. Then she would be exhausted and sleep in 'til noon and usually repeat the process for a few days. I was always very irritated with her when she did this and would wonder why she couldn't "figure it out". Staying up late made you tired and want to sleep in which would then keep you up late the next night. Duh. I knew she was a night owl, but so was I and I didn't have this problem.

So why did I call and apologize? Ever have one of those moments where it's like your mom switched voice boxes with you? You know, when you say the exact same thing she did years ago and you swore you'd never be like that?
The other night Jer said to me, "Kim, you really need to get to sleep. It's 11pm- you said yourself this morning you were exhausted from staying up late last night."

To which I responded, "Sorry Jer, I got my second wind and I'm not a bit tired. I just want to finish this."

I've heard my mom tell my dad that exact same thing a bazillion times before.

So here was my 2am project:
Can you pick out the three letters Lucy cut out for me?

So here's the gist:

Basic H2 (the top left product) replaces all of the following:

Nature Bright (top right) replaces the following (yep, even works better than bleach!):

Scour off (bottom right) replaces these:

What? Do they work?
Great question, Grasshopper...here's a before and after of my shower door using the Scour Off (which I cleaned with Sam right by me in the bathroom- what other cleaners can you do that with?)

And then the Basic G wipes are for disinfecting anything you want. Just wipe and you're done!

And finally, the medicine cabinet:
These two are my favorite, mostly because they replace half of our medicine cabinet!
For pain and cold/flu relief:

Stomach problems and energy:

What?! you don't believe me that they'd work as good? Well, try them yourself and if you don't agree, send them back. You've got nothing to loose! Except for some chemicals...but you don't really want those anyway, right?

Here is your reward for reading to the end.
Or just scrolling down to see if I posted a Sam pic.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


I've had these pics uploaded for a while but just have not had the creative energy to write about it. Basically I went to the Take2 event and got Lucy and Sam their winter wardrobe for about $65 each. Here are the highlights from our fashion show!
Lucy in her "Annie" dress

The outfit is from Aunt Dannie, but the hat is from the sale. Got her lots of sleepers

Lucy is the queen poser thanks to big sister Amanda. Seriously, Amanda taught her how to pose and Lucy loves having a paparazzi.
"Take my picture like this"
"Wait, wait wait...like this"
"Like this too"
"And this"

And I realize that the place looks awful in the pics. I'll admit, it usually looks like this:
In my defense- this is our living area. Seriously- to the left is the kitchen, the right room for a tiny table and behind me doors to the bedroom and bathroom. I'm not complaining, just defending myself. :)
We do try and maintain it, see?

but neither of us can seem to keep up with it. Or care enough. We're in for a treat when Sam becomes mobile, I'm sure...

Sunday, November 1, 2009

All I Want For Christmas...

Hey everyone! Guess what?
Mommy, they can't see. Turn on the flash.
Here, let me help you...

Woah! Wait, I wasn't ready. Let me move my tongue.
I have a toothy smile!

Exploding Personality

Along with sleeping well, another "development" has arrived.

Ram Sam Sam

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Lil Sister

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