We have a very smart child (well...I guess smart is up for debate). He has cleverly learned how to climb out of the doggy door. I'm sure Mr. Howard gave him mixed signals when he stood there and videotaped this, but you can rest easily knowing that we have since begun locking the doggy door.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Before Getting in the Pool - Doesn't he look excited?
Our Little Family
I felt like if we could read his mind, he'd be saying, "Ummm...Guys...You forgot to heat the bath!"
A video of Aunt Katie (left), Connor, and Me (middle)!
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Technically I'm still an Elementary School Teacher; however, this year I am teaching 7th graders! What a difference! Here are just a few things I've learned in the short week and a half that I've been a 7th Grade English, History, and PE teacher:
- It's going to take a while before the girls learn how to apply makeup and don't come looking like clowns!
- Having the deoderant conversation on the first day of school is a must!
- Prep time is the most wonderful invention ever! Don't tell other teachers. They may want your job!
- 7th graders are much more concerned with the concept of "fair" than even kindergartners!
- On the first day of school, avoid the word "period." Students will giggle.
Monday, August 16, 2010
A friend said that I look pregnant today, so up goes the photo of the bump! Gosh, I hope so, because I am DONE feeling fat.
I hate when I know I'm pregnant. But no one else does. I want to walk around telling everyone, "I swear I'm not wearing a tight tank top with a big belly of excess weight. I'm pregnant."
I'm sorry about the quality of the photo. We used Mr. Howard's iPhone4. Our camera charger is somewhere in Italy (a logical place for it, don't you think?), which renders our camera useless!!
Saturday, August 14, 2010
I've been super, super exhausted from all the Itty drama and then I had to move classrooms (my old one was across the school). It was pretty darn insane trying to move and set up a whole classroom while not being allowed to lift anything. But, I have happy news to report.
I am feeling soo much better! I am finally feeling like myself! I know a lot of you have written to us concerned and I so appreciate that. It certainly made getting through it all that much easier. And boy do I have amazing friends, family, and neighbors - Courney who watched Connor while I ran to the emergency room, my mom who drove out several times to take me to the doctor and emergency room, Mr. Howard who worked full days and then came in the evening to help me get my room set up, Diana who came to school on a Sunday to help me move, Dad who came to school on a Sunday to help me move, Katie and Mom who watched Connor while Mr. Howard and I stayed late at work fixing my room, Susan who helped me clean my room and moved boxes across the campus for me, and all of you for your silent prayers and thoughts.
Itty is looking great. His/her heartbeat is just where it should be, moving around like babies do, and beginning to kick (I feel little butterflies and bubbles). I am positive that despite these little bumps, we'll continue to have a smooth pregnancy the rest of the way.
My smartie-pants husband did it again this summer and got a 4.0, even though he was gone for two weeks of the class and had to do a lot of work ahead of time! My how I love and adore this man! **This photo is from our San Gimginano Tour**
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Connor's first time in the Tyrrenhian Sea:
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Last week, because God has blessed me with the most wonderfully simple pregnancy, we had a few complications (just to remind us that we are, in fact, having a baby) and had a bit of a scare, complete with several OB visits and a hospital stay. I have debated detailing it out, but I think I'm going to save it for the baby books! I'll just say that we have determined the cause to be a blood clot behind Itty's placenta and that I have been put on strict doctor's orders to TAKE IT EASY! This whole "taking it easy" thing has been anything but easy. I am so used to taking care of our home, taking care of Little Man, and doing a full-time job, that I sometimes forget that there are other people who can do some of those things for me. We've all heard about the pregnant people who say, "Ohh I can't do that! I need a nap!" or "Gosh, I can't work because I'm sooo tired." or "Gosh...you don't know how hard it is to be pregnant; will you please sit here and feed me my food?!" Hehe! That was not me! So, I'm going to take a cue from those women and ask for help more! I promise to take it easy, Susan & Diana!
- Weight - 21 lb 1 oz
- Height - 2' 6"
- Head - 18.74"
- Waves his hands hello and goodbye on the cue, "Wave hi to Auntie Jen...", etc.
- Claps when music comes on.
- Dances to the beat or singing.
- Shakes head wildly (and slightly sassily) back and forth when you say "no!"
- Shakes head yes randomly.
- Mimics what you're saying. So the other day I said "You're okay. You're okay. You're okay." He replied back to me "itt eut otay!"
- Hello (when playing on a cell phone)
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
School starts in just a few short days and I have so much I want to get done beforehand. Our next baby will come mid-year and, having experienced one addition to our home already, I know how crazy that will be. So, there were some urgent projects that needed to get done before we started and I have finally been able to make some headway on those. The first big undertaking was to sort out Connor's clothes. I have been very diligent in putting away clothes that don't fit him, so there weren't any clothes in his closet to sort through; but I've simply been stashing them in a drawer in no particularly organized fashion. I wanted to make sure that with Baby #2, I have an easy time being able to just go into the closet to grab the correct tub. Seeing as though we aren't going to know the gender of our next baby, I also needed to sort the tubs in case we have a girl.
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Monday, August 2, 2010
Connor was not a happy camper when we tried to put him down at my parents' house the night of my birthday dinner. So we let him join us at dinner. My sister was trying to keep him from crying and started playing with a toy cell phone. She'd dial a number and say, "Hello!" She handed it to him and he SAID "HELLO!!!" I was able to capture his second or third time saying it, but still soooo exciting! By the way, this was taken on Mr. Howard's iPhone4. Pretty amazing for a phone, huh?
We try to go to dinner at Ruth's Chris for my birthday every year for their AMAZING seared ahi tuna, filets, delicious pomegranate martinis, and occasionally their lobster tail. Even though I was pregnant and couldn't partake in the fruity alcoholic beverages this year, I did get a virgin daiquiri and I...drum roll please...did have the seared ahi tuna. And I refuse to feel one tiny ounce of guilt about it.
In fact, after reading an article that said, "Eating sushi with raw fish or eating sashimi is just as dangerous to pregnant women as it is to non-pregnant people" I have decided to not be as strict this pregnancy. Perhaps my baby will have two heads, or perhaps (**JUST LIKE IN JAPAN**), absolutely nothing will happen to my baby except that he/she may come out loving sushi! The funny thing is that there are some doctors (why didn't I do any research when I was pregnant with Connor??) that say that it is ABSOLUTELY fine to eat sushi in moderation.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
We finally took Connor to get his very first haircut. He was definitely getting a bit shaggy!! We had intended to it before we left for Europe, but alas, life got in the way. While Jen was here, we took advantage of the time Mr. Howard had taken off and drove to get it done!
This year we were able to have Jen join us for my Annual Birthday Dinner at my parents' house! Thank you so much for flying all the way out here for a visit and a birthday celebration! Love you!
P.S. I am getting a new camera!! I absolutely, positively HATE this one (look at the quality of this birthday photo). I need ideas for a good Point and Shoot one!!!! PLEASE!!!