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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 31, 2014
Anyway, I enjoyed a delicious pizza with REAL cheese (I paid for that the next day with Charlotte being extra fussy but it was soooooooo delicious) and baked myself a dairy/egg/corn/soy free cake. It was good. We were getting together with family on the weekend, but it was a nice, quiet transition.
Or so I thought.
Jeremy took me out for a date on Friday. We walked in to drop off the girls at my friend's house. I was very excited to go to Kohls and buy some "transition" clothes. I was tired of maternity clothes and feeling very...old. But my plans had to change very quickly when everyone jumped out and yelled, "SURPRISE!"*
Yep. A surprise birthday party. I love parties, just not one's for me. I don't like the attention. But I was floored and unbelievably humbled that Jeremy put that much time and effort into making sure I had a good memory of the start of my 30's. It was a wonderful evening with 20+ kids running around. I didn't get my clothes until the next day, and Samantha had to adjust to not getting to eat the macaroni and cheese she had brought, but by the end of the night we both agreed that the party was a great change of plans.
*Yes I was surprised. I literally had no clue. Looking back, I'm sure I would have picked up on a few things had I been paying attention. But during the school year after having a baby that doesn't sleep? I was in survival mode, yo. I'm lucky if I know what day of the week it is. So, yes, I was 100% completely surprised.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Thursday, March 27, 2014
|Charlotte 5 months Samantha 8 months|
|Charlotte 5 months Samantha 8 months|
|Charlotte's got Sam beat on the sitting-up, though. She's a master already!|
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
|What it looked like most of the time. That baby hair was really hard to comb out.|
|This is still the face I expect to see when she comes walking around the corner or wakes up in the morning.|
|But then I'm greeted with this.|
|She loves the tangle-free-ness.|
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Something that has been difficult for him is learning how to interact with a baby- he's tried waving (for a few months now) and we've been telling him for months to talk, make faces, but it's really out of his comfort zone.
Anyway, it came to a head the other week when Sam had a migraine and Jeremy and I were trying to get her out the door to the ER (pre-emptive this time, before it got too bad) and Charlotte was SCREAMing while Sam was puking hard core right as Jeremy was walking out the door with her. I hollered at H to please talk to Charlotte, she was just upset that she was alone and the lights were out. It was quite the scene with Sam heaving, Charlotte screaming, H hollering "I don't know what to say!...this isn't working!!!" and me yelling back, "H I can't help you right now, please just talk to her! It doesn't matter what, just TALK!"
Afterwards he sat with me and Charlotte and watched me talking and making her laugh. "You make it look so easy" he said. I showed him that it doesn't matter what you say, it's just a matter of talking. It's not about you, it's about them. Just look at them and smile.
Fast forward to a few weeks. The other day I heard him talking Colleges to Charlotte (pretty much his world right now) and turned to find him opening his mail:
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014
Becca and I haven't been able to get together for a while due to a rotation of illnesses (last week it was a migraine for Sam). Anyway, I was home sick for this picture but luckily everyone gathers at my folks' place quite often so it was just a matter of time before the babies were in the same place at the same time.
Like her siblings, Olivia is quite conservative with her smiles. You definitely have to earn them. Charlotte on the other hand will grin at the wall.
7 and 5 months old.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
He almost lost his teeth.
Charlotte has discovered the hilarity that is Samantha. Sam never sits still for very long, so all Charlotte has to do it stare at her for a few seconds and wait. Whenever Sam moves, Charlotte breaks out into her grin.
I've told several people that I don't know how we survived taking care of Sam without an older sibling. When I say Sam is a helper, I mean it. She is amazing at keeping Charlotte distracted when needed.
It pained me to see Charlotte constantly trying to sit herself up by doing a big sit-up. I was tired of always finding a spot to lay her down on. So this weekend we worked a lot on sitting up. By Monday morning I could plop her down and do a quick task (like use the bathroom) and she'd stay upright the whole time! That is, if her sister wasn't near by and try to sneak in a
Can I just ask, WHAT is the deal with kids and babies' faces/hands? I mean, seriously, people, it's cold and flu season! And Samantha- if she doesn't have her face puuuuuuuuuuushed up against Charlotte's (and knocking her over) she's throwing clothes or a blanket on Charlotte's face, or tickling her face with the (dirty) feather-duster, or danglin her hair in Charlotte's face so that she's "gasping" for breath. I just need to record myself and have it on constant replay, "GET OUT OF HER FACE!" It's all we can do to keep a clean air-flow to the poor child.
I'm still off several foods (diary/soy/nuts/beef/corn/eggs/fish), but am eating well due to my amazing husband. Seriously, he cooks and we all eat- and everything he cooks I can eat. Unless the topic of "going out to eat" gets brought up, I really don't miss anything.
Charlotte still gets up a lot a night. I remember being able to sleep more with Sam while we co-slept, but I have to remind myself that Sam didn't move in her sleep and would also spit me out when she was full. Charlotte is a binky baby, so she's totally fine being latched on aaaaaaallllll night. To survive Jeremy and I take turns on the couch.
I've learned to live with a cat-napper. I still don't like it, but I'll take what I can get. Unlike her sister, she will not only go to sleep alone (thanks to her amazing babysitter, Jen) she will go back to sleep if she wakes up cranky.
Anyway, I'm babbling a lot, I just want to remember the details. I'm reminded every time I cuddle with her how much my other baby has grown. It's the first time it's happened, but today I looked at Sam and saw my baby. I'd heard people say this before I but didn't get it until it hit me today. I wanted to shove her back in my womb right then and there.
|Oh, yeah, we also tried avocado. Just because.|
|Mixed it with some breastmilk.|
|Apparently it was sour.|
|Sam insisted on a picture of her eating too.|
|She was much happier once we gave her her lid to play with.|
|5 month pictures...She would not look at me for anything.|
|"Is that my sister coming?"|
|"YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! I haven't seen you for a least 2 minutes!"|
|See what I mean? That smile is all for Sam.|
|She almost made Charlotte fall down trying to get a "pose" with her...good thing Charlotte doesn't ever mind!|