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Toddler Tuesday
June 8, 2010, 12:21 pm
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So far, on our FIRST day of summer break (!!!!!), Graham has:

– Ran wild around a bookstore (bad mommy)
– Climbed half way up our very scary and very steep stairs before I noticed and freaked out
– Met my principal
– Pooped at my school’s central admin building
– Eaten half a blue crayon
– Eaten one whole dandelion flower
– NOT taken a nap

I wonder if this is an indicator of what’s to come this summer? If so, I can’t wait. :)


Full circle
April 11, 2010, 9:40 pm
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There was something really awesome about watching Graham walk around my parent’s backyard Easter weekend. I had this incredible emotional feeling about life coming full circle, blah blah blah. It was just really neat! I can’t believe our little baby is actually walking and playing like a little boy now. It’s just wild.

The first time we put Graham in the grass, he reacted the same way he’s done before at home. He cringed at the pokey feel of the grass and tried to recoil every part of his body that was touching the ground, so he was sitting there trying to maintain balance while holding his feet up in the air – Ha. That didn’t work out so well for him. Slowly but surely he started to acclimate to the feeling of the grass and worked his way up to the standing position and gradually began to walk around. Navigating uneven terrain was new territory, and so he had plenty of spills, but by time we left Sunday he was a grass-walking pro! He didn’t even eat every blade of grass in his sight. I was so proud. Sunday he had a great time at his very first, private, just-for-me Easter egg hunt! Watching him walk around “collecting” eggs as the only little kid there made me realize that, alas, we are going to have to eventually suck it up and have him a little baby brother or sibling. *sigh*

*Nom Nom Nom* Easter Eggs!

Ok, so maybe another one wouldn’t be so bad after all. :)

August 1, 2009, 7:51 pm
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One of the many benefits of having an extended summer break is the chance it allows me to reconnect with one of my favorite hobbies, reading! During the school year I am so swamped with planning, teaching, grading, etc., and now a baby, that I hardly have time to read at all. I am hoping that this school year will be different and am vowing to read at least one book a month (hopefully more)! I just signed up for where I am keeping track of my “read” and “to-read” books. If any of you out there are on Goodreads, then look me up and be my friend so we can trade reviews and book suggestions! Below is the link to my shelf if you’re interested.. I’m also interested in possibly doing a book club if anyone is game? Let me know!

Jessica's  book recommendations, reviews, favorite quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!
May 5, 2009, 8:00 pm
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Celebrating his heritage.

Celebrating his heritage.

Due Date Blues
February 24, 2009, 7:59 pm
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Well ladies and gents the big day has finally arrived! February 24th. The day we have all been waiting for. The date that has meant to me the arrival of my first born child for the last nine or so months. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand.. still no baby! *Gasp!* Can you even believe it? The nerve of that child standing me up like this. How dare he inconvenience my life. Someone needs to send him the memo that spa time in the amniotic hot tub has drawn to a close and it’s now time to buck up and join the real world because he has a mom and dad out here that are pulling their hair out waiting for him to arrive!

Okay, so I’m really not that bitter, but I can’t help but feel a little down as this day that I have waited for for so long comes and goes without any sign of baby. My doctor’s appointment yesterday verified that he probably won’t be making any surprise arrivals in the very near future either, so that was also sort of disappointing. However, I am trying to remind myself that there is no reason why I should be trying to rush these last days sans baby. Our lives are about to drastically change FOREVER and we should probably try to cherish them for what they are rather than wish them away. Right?? Plus, many many women go way past their due dates all the time and I just need to realize that I just may be one of those ladies. And that’s ok. All that matters is that my sweet baby boy gets her eventually and is healthy and ready to begin his life here with us.

In attempts to shake things up down there I made Sam take me on a long walk around the neighborhood tonight. I actually had several pretty strong contractions while we were walking, but they seem to have gone away now that we’re home. Rats! Here is a picture of myself and my 40 week belly treating ourselves to an ice cream sandwich after enduring all that exercise.

New love = Ice cream sammiches

New love = Ice cream sammiches

Just in case you can’t believe your eyes, here is a close-up of THA BELLY. (Notice the mardi gras party beads!)

Full term belly!

Full term belly!

Can you believe how huge it’s gotten? It is really an entity all in itself. This has all just gotten so surreal at this point. I feel like people are now looking at me like, oh God here comes the huge pregnant lady DIVE FOR COVER SHE MIGHT POP! I just feel enormous, especially around my little 12 year old students! That’s why I’ve decided that no matter what my last day of work is going to be Thursday. I just can’t handle trying to weave my enormous body around hyperactive middle schoolers any longer! I am only putting them in danger of getting sideswipped by any sudden movements I might make. :)

So, forty weeks down, how many left to go? At least I know that I’m close. Verrrry close. I just can’t wait for this part to be over and to get to hold that real live baby. I just hope that, like everyone says, it’ll all be worth it. I have no doubt that it will be.

I miss…
January 23, 2009, 7:10 pm
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  • Shiner Bock and Pacifico with lime
  • Red wine and dinners out
  • Having the stamina to go see live music
  • My body
  • Hugging my husband without this belly being between us
  • An un-aching back
  • Not having to give myself shots everyday
  • Being selfish with my money
  • Normal hormone levels

I think I’ve officially hit the pregnancy wall. I’m ready to be done with it. I’m ready to have my baby already.   4.5 weeks left and already this waiting game is old!

So, anybody else missing anything lately??

Lady Liberty
November 4, 2008, 9:08 pm
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Lady Liberty

Lucy proudly cast her vote representing the usually under-represented feline demographic.. Like a true American, she won't disclose whom she voted for.

Happy Voting Day!  I hope you all had a chance to get out and vote at some point during the day… Is it just me, or is this election making everyone a nervous wreck?  I can hardly even stand to watch the coverage tonight.  It’s almost like hearing someone scratch a chalkboard.. I can’t take it!  I’m considering just going to bed and being surprised by whatever has happened in the morning.

So what was the voting experience like for you guys?  Did you have to withstand any of the excruciating long lines that the news kept going on about?  I actually voted early and so didn’t have to deal with any of that, but today, while I was reading voter accounts of their experiences on CNN, I almost started to wish that I had waited until today just to get the full voting experience!  Long lines!  Bi-partisan chit-chat!  Free coffee!  Woo!  There is really something fundamentally American about casting your vote for president and then heading to Starbucks.  I love it!

No matter which way your ballot went, I hope everyone has been as inspired and encouraged by this election as me. That being said, I can’t wait for the damn thing to be over. :)