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Thursday, December 31, 2009

A message from the heart...err...uterus.

*this is my belly.

1. What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before?

got pregnant. twice.

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I honestly don't make them, really. Sad, I know. But? This year...I do plan on going through my New Testament one-year-devo that my dear sister, Kesh gave me.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Lots of babies were born this year...but many MORE are coming in 2010. Holy cow..like, LOTS. I think I know over 25 pregnant chicks between real life and blog-world. Maybe, make that 30.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

no. hallelujah.

5. What countries did you visit?

None.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you didn't have in 2009?

a baby girl.

7. What dates from 2009 will be etched upon your memory, and why?

July 10th-the day we found out we lost our first baby. It was tough.

8. What was your biggest achievement of this year?

Becoming a better person. Still have a long way to go.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Maybe my memory is bad...but I can't really pinpoint something at this time.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

The miscarriage and a side of heartache. But, joy comes in the morning.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Adding the deck onto our house

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Hmm...certainly not my dog. He's digressed.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Ahh. My dog. Okay, kidding..we love him.

14. Where did most your money go?

Into the house. Mortgages are a killer. ;)

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Honestly? The very BEST, most excitable moment I can remember is my first positive pregnancy test. You can read about it here.

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?

Oh wow. That's too hard.

17.
Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?

a. happier
b. fatter (but only in the tummy where the chica is growing)
c. richer in blessings

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?

vacationed. read my bible.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?

maybe watch tv....although, there are times I go days without ever turning it on.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

the best way yet...all day at my parents with family, in pj's, relaxed...

21. Did you fall in love with 2009?

We fell in love with a baby girl in 2009...but the year itself? no. I am gladly welcoming 2010.

22. What was your favorite TV program?


Ohh...here's the list:

Fringe
Office
Parks and Rec
Flash Forward
Big Brother
I'm a Celebrity Get me out of here
So you Think you can dance
American Idol
The Bachelor/Bachelorette

(hahahaha.....and I just said I don't always turn the TV on :) )

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

No. In fact, I think I gained a lot of friendships....especially one's that were rekindled from the past.

24. What was the best book you read?

This is pathetic. I really don't read. Honestly...just a little bit here and there. It's something I don't believe I'll ever get fully into. I've never ever been an avid reader.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Adele (more the end of last year), Kris Allen (yay american idol!).

26. What did you want and get?

a growing baby in the tum.

27. What did you want and not get?

luxury vacation just with Declan (this won't happen a verylongtime now)

28. What was your favorite film of 2009?

I laughed the hardest in the Hangover.
I genuinely loved the Blindside.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Had an awesome dinner at FireCreek with my family and spent the day at the park with my hubby and new camera. It was so relaxing and fun.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

A big, ginourmos raise :) Okay, kidding. Nothing really...life is good.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept of 2009?

Layer. Accessorize. Don't lose your own style. Accentuate your good features, but stay classy.

32. What kept you sane?

My husband. My Faith.

33. What political issue stirred you the most?

How about EVERYTHING right now. I try to keep this blog politics-free. But ohmygoshIcouldfreakout over the things going on right now. I'll shutup now.

34. Who did you miss?

My sister when she was in Africa.

35. Who was the best new person you met?

Chrissy. Known her for YEARS actually but this year we've gotten very close. She's become a dear friend I know I can trust and lean on.

Michaela. A friend I met in Declan's brother's wedding at the end of last year-who has been really fun getting to know over our coffee dates this past year.

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.

Positive growth comes out of personal tragedy.


Have a happy and safe new years eve!
xoxo

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The good in growing up.

Last night my siblings and I all had the chance to just get out and enjoy eachother's company. We call these nights SNO days (standing for "Sibling Night Out"...genius eh? ha). We've started doing this every few months or so because we really, genuinely like being together. It's amazing how the bratty brother you once knew could turn into a true friend later in life, or how well someone who marries into a family can fit in so smoothly with the rest of our weirdness. That's a part of growing up I actually really have enjoyed.

This was our last SNO day for a while (with all of us), as my little brother, Steve heads off to San Diego to work for Invisible Children for 4-5 months. [Sniff, sniff. I'll miss him so. But, we'll iChat till our faces fall off!]

So, last night we ended up at Outback, after our plans for Bonefish went slightly downhill. No big deal, because afterall...the point was being together, right? We laughed. Laughed really hard, actually. I yelled something REALLY embarrassing OUT loud. I got really mean stares from people around us. We ticked our waitress off. We laughed. Hard. Reminiced. Talked about the future. Did I mention laugh? It was a great time.

The ladies.

(me, my sister Susan, and my sister-in-love, Kesh)

The boys.

(Jim, my older brother--my little, not so little brother, Stevie, and my main man,)

Gosh, I love these people.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Maternity & Fashion 101, Or "Pregnancy Coutoure: Making the Bump Work For Your Body"

I do not consider myself a fashion expert, whatsoever. In fact, I'm really not that good. However...I like to dress myself half-decent and I'm a big fan of accessorizing (as you all know).

I had some inspiration from a certain someone to do a post about dressing the bump. In fact, that 2nd title up there was her idea. Cute. I'd say.

Today, while I was out spending a gift certificate from my Grandparents at Kohls (Shout-out to Grandmom and PopPop!), I realized just how much I hate maternity shirts. Now, don't get me wrong, there a few I do indeed like, but mostly...they are just so matronly, or almost baby'ish...it kind of makes me gag a little. The bows. The floral prints. We're HAVING a baby, not becoming a baby. Please. Spare us. Spare us all. Also...lets not forget...the MONEY. They are so much more expensive, too.

I headed over to the juniors department and the sales were e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e (if you're a Kohls shopper...when is there NOT sales?). I started finding so many sweaters and things that would work for a good, long time...with lots of stretch and give that would hug the bump, rather then look like the moo-moo's our poor mothers wore. [God bless them, God bless them all.]

Besides, all of us mama's, or soon-to-be-mama's know that we WANT people to know we are pregnant, not think "Hmm...is she? Or isn't she?". Since the focus is so much on your mid-section during pregnancy anyway, you might as well enhance it and embrace it, right?

So here are a few of my tips and pictures to go along with them courtesy of the iPhone. My backdrop? A Kohl's dressing room. Fancy, eh?

Honestly, I'd have been more prepared with the Canon had I the genius idea earlier!

1. Cinch, cinch, cinch at the waist.
Nothing will make your bump stand out as a baby belly more then pulling in under the twins upstairs. You can do this by wearing old cardigans, and simply buttoning one or two under the lady lumps, or by purchasing non-maternity sweaters that only have one or two buttons at the top. Then, wear a cute, fitted tank top underneath--and as the belly grows...let it pop out. It's cute!

Here's a casual, non-maternity sweater that I'll be able to wear for a long, long time. The belly will just keep poking out more and more, but as long as its covered in a cute tank. Go for it. PS: I've found that the Old Navy nursing/maternity tops are awesome even now. They are long, and will fit now and post-baby.


2. Make "sweater-dresses" work for you.
Just realize, they will most likely NOT be dresses, but shirts on you (the belly has got to go SOMEwhere!). Paired with the right jeans and even a belt at the waist makes really cute, bump-enhancing technique on the cheap.




3. Wear the latest trends until you CAN!
Shirts like the one below are definitely do-able while pregnant...at least for a little while. They have no real "give" (no stretch-factor)...so, wear them while you can.

This top is about one size larger then I'd normally wear (non-preggo), and I paired a belt with it to cinch it at the waist.


5. Layer, Layer, Layer!
This is definitely a "being pregnant in winter" thing...but, it really has worked for me. I've been able to wear lots of non-maternity stuff simply due to the layering factor. When non-maternity shirts get too short, throw a short-sleeved (longer) sweater (dress) over it and no one will know if you're hanging out underneath.

Again, another longer sweater, paired over a non-maternity "tunic" style long sleeved top. Tunic style is awesome b/c it leaves some room for bump growth. This sweater is a really stretchy, light material.


Or...no belt! Just as cute.



I realize that maternity shirts may be necessary especially later on, but for now...they make (me) look frumpy and uncomfortable. I even took pathetic pictures to prove it.

Honestly..what is WITH the frills at the bottom? Like I need more attention drawn to my hips. Also, you'll notice they don't tend to hug the bump as much, just float right off. Which, again, is fine--but, not as flattering.


This just really gets me...the detail around the collar is just so young and kiddish to me...the bow? Honestly.


So, there you have it.

An entire post devoted to my own personal opinions about "making your bump work for your bod." Save yourself a little money for now...use what you can and find things on the cheap.

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Happy Tuesday!

PS: Those of you wondering...I came home with everything except the plaid shirt and two hideous lovely maternity tops at the bottom. Loved the plaid shirt, but it didn't have a long-enough belly life for me. Sadly.


Monday, December 28, 2009

Bump Watch...updates

How far along? 21 weeks 2 days

Total weight gain: According to my scale, definitely 1lb. Right before Christmas, according to the doctors...none. We'll see about that when I go for my next appointment.

Maternity clothes? Yes, of course. Still only have about one or two maternity tops that fit well quite yet. Mostly too big. The pants are a must though!

21 weeks

Sleep: Last time I mentioned my sleep was AMAZING, and got screwed the next night. Jinxing is real people, I'm living proof. But, in all honesty...it's not been as bad as it could be. I've gone back to peeing about 1 time a night or so. That will progressively get more and more....I believe.

Best moment this week: Stopping the stupid DOUBT and realizing I am SO feeling the baby. I know my body.

Movement: Yep. Lots of popcorn kicks as I call them. Nothing super strong, or nothing you could really feel from the outside.

Gender: Say hello to my little lady.

Labor Signs: Nope.

Belly Button in or out? It's still pretty normal.

What I miss: Eating normal...pretty much liking whatever I see (which was probably a bad thing)...but, I am so tired of being picky. I am SO not doing it on purpose! I tell my husband this all the time.

Weekly Wisdom: Make pregnancy work for you. Somehow. Don't lose your sense of style for the sake of the bump...it can definitely work with you.

Milestones: Knowing that it's a girl....!


Sunday, December 27, 2009

Baby's First Christmas...Wait...WHAT?!?

This Christmas was amazing, and honestly...I just feel like 'recapping' would be terribly boring...but let's just say the memories that I have will last a long, long time, and are probably better there then written down. So, we'll leave it at that.

Honestly, you would have thought it was my little girl's first 'technical' Christmas. She got more gifts then me. Almost.

Our daughter made out like a bandit. Her first Christmas present surprised me. Wow. I saw her name written out on that package from her cousins....it was crazy (and kind of emotional), as if she was here. The more and more we say her name...the more I love it.

You didn't think we'd give it away that easily, did you?

She got some beautiful clothes...and I had two personal favorites....

"ta-da! Cuteness has arrived"

and..."I'm Cute,
Mom's Cute,
Dad's LUCKY"


This Christmas was a really amazing one. We changed traditions a little bit...but, for the better. Christmas day was more relaxing then it's ever been. I have a feeling, however, that next Christmas will trump this one simply for the fact that we'll have a little one here to share it with. A bit more stressful? Yes. A bit more chaotic? Maybe. But more fun? Of course.

I'm grateful for having the upcoming week off...as all the running around of Christmas has made me one tired mama.


Thursday, December 24, 2009

Love to all, especially my fabulous husband.

Merry Christmas from us to you. May it be a sweet, wonderful time spent with family and friends remembering the birth of you-know-who.


PS: this was taken right after we opened our stockings this afternoon...and I was trying to show off my new headband from Etsy. You know...the one I posted on months ago. My husband is GOOD. Good, I tell you. He's mine.

xoxoxo,

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The eve of christmas eve

The house is sparkly clean.

The decorations are just right.

The gifts are wrapped and under the tree.

Although, I still have some more of Declan's gifts to wrap.
[I can't be finished everything, right?]

Cookies are made and ready to go.

Mac has his Christmas sweater on.

I have just half a day of school left.

It's really Christmas.

Finally.

The madness (wonderful-ness) will begin.

Tonight, we are hosting our 2nd annual Christmas Eve-Eve party.

Wish you all could join us. Seriously.

Tomorrow we have Christmas with my grandparents and then a big Christmas Eve Dinner and gift-opening with Declan's family. It's a really great time.

Christmas day will be spent all day with my family. We'll be eating cinnamon buns, drinking egg nog and coffee, watching my nieces enjoy the magic of Christmas, taking too many pictures and giving and receiving gifts. We'll have a nice dinner all together...and most of all...we'll relax.

Yes.

Relax.

My sore, achey, sciatic-nerve-stricken body needs it.

We'll also focus on the true meaning of Christmas...which, isn't about Santa, gifts, or togetherness (which are all fun things)...but about the birthday of Jesus. He deserves the biggest birthday party after all, doesn't He?

Merry Christmas Eve-Eve.

Oh, and PS: here's a little "woohoo!" to being off school for the next 11 days...just a few perks to being a teacher.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Admittance...wait? Is that the word...?

Okay, so I'm here to admit something. In the midst of all the baby-gender-drama (not exactly 'drama', but I just love that word..you know, for drama), I never had time to write about my fur-baby son, Mac. You see, he was going through something sort of, well, traumatizing while I was jumping around in glee over the thought.of.having.a.little.GIRL!

On Thursday of last week I gave him a bath, because, well, any hint of the 'dog' smell just sends me over the edge and into gag mode. So, I shoved him into our big kitchen sink and started scrubbing away. But, then...I got a phone call from my dear friend Chrissy. We were chatting away about the results of So You Think You Can Dance and that crazy ending, and I had my head tilted to hold the phone, and both hands full of suds scrubbing away on the pup. [Quite a sight to be seen.]

Because of my lack of well, shall I say...focus....I must have gotten soap into Mackie's eye. I didn't notice or anything, and in fact, neither did he at the time.

I went out that night, and when I came home a few hours later Declan said...

"Hey babe, something's wrong with Mac's eye. He's keeping it closed most the time and he's blinking it a lot..."

I did a little doctor check up on him, and indeed...something was wrong with his eye. It was half closed, or all the way closed at times...really weepy...and very red and sore looking.

I felt like such a jerk. It was totally my fault. I had to have gotten soap in his eye when I was in So You Think You Can Dance la-la-land with Chris.

What.a.BAD.mom.I.am.


Check out his right eye. This was once it was even looking GOOD. I'm horrible. I know.

So, our plan was to call the vet first thing in the morning Friday if it wasn't better. Please note: Friday was the big 20 week ultrasound day, too. Lots going on in my world that day. Turns out, all of Thursday night, Mac was up (in our bed), scratching/itching his eye with his paw, rubbing it on the carpet, and he seemed just plain miserable. Not to mention, he looked pathetic.

When Friday morning rolled around. It was worse.

When I got to school I called them and they said it would probably be best to see him, but they couldn't get him in until Saturday morning.

Flash forward to Saturday morning, and insert 1 foot of snow. [Which ended up being more like 2 feet when all said and done.]

There was no way my poor Mac was gonna get looked at. I called the vet, we discussed what probably happened to his poor eye. Indeed, it was probably my stupidity that got soap in his eye, which probably irritated him, and then he MADE IT WORSE by rubbing the heck out of it for a few days.

We made a follow up appointment on Monday (yesterday) if he wasn't all better.

Lucky us...

and lucky him...

...we awoke to find a happy, playful pup with full use of both eyes and no irritation. Hooray! No more one-eyed-Jack! I mean...Mac.

We're happy to have him back to normal. So is he, apparently.

His eyes are slightly closed b/c he was sleeping and I rudely awoke him with my camera in his face. However...cute, eh? He put his head on Declan's shoulder last night and fell asleep for a while. Love it.


note to self: talking on the phone while giving a bath may cause harm to the animal, and well, you, too.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Things I loved...

about this weekend, are as follows:

-We found out we're having a daughter. A daughter! (I love saying the D-word by the way.)

-Almost 2 feet of snow kept us mostly in on Saturday, watching random things on TV, making and decorating lots and lots of sugar cookies, and enjoying the time inside in our warm, cozy home at Christmastime.

-The snow also kept us (mostly) in on Sunday. For this reason the weekend felt so long and so amazing.

-We watched our 2 year old nephew Jayden and he gave us a good laugh. He went peepee and poopie in the potty every single time, didn't whine, cry or get upset ONE time. I swear. He was awesome.

-All the Christmas presents are wrapped, and I have my poor, achey 80-year old grandmother like back can prove it.

-We ate subway last night. I love subway.

-Last night around 7pm my school got called for a 2 hour delay. My extra sleep this morning was heavenly!


Happy Monday of Christmas week!!


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Silent Sunday: The many faces of Jayden

Before I become a mother, I'll take full advantage of being an aunt and the extra time and love I can give my nieces and nephew.

Meet Jayden. Aunt Katie and Uncle Declan were on duty today while his mommy and daddy celebrate 6 years of being married!

he looks so j.crew here...minus the crumb-face ;)

"cheese!"
an actor already...ferreal
if you give a kid a cookie...




Saturday, December 19, 2009

What to do when it snows....

A LOT.

I mean, a lot-a lot.

Like, so far well over 12 inches and more to come all night long.

Since our dinner-theater plans were canceled tonight because this preggo doesn't want to risk it and neither do all of Declan's family...we're stuck inside.

We've been. All day. [Well, I've been. Declan worked this morning, and got home safely. Thank God.]

Since Declan has been home at 2pm, he's had to shovel the driveway about 4 different times to keep on top of it. His poor, achey back. Our driveway is not HUGE, but longer then two car's length--and he's doing it himself so me and our "daughter" (haha, I LOVE THIS.) can stay healthy and warm inside.

Isn't he sweet?

So, I started making cookies...and then he came in and helped me decorate them. We had a good time, and well...the cookies are...interesting.

Skills, I tell ya.


Made quite a mess...These are Declan's two favorites. The one on the left he says is his Dad, with a leg injury..and it's bleeding. Nice, huh? The one on right is a Gingerbread Man with "pants". See? Creativity runs rampid in this household.

By the way...me being in pictures today was not an option, considering I haven't gotten out of the clothes I woke up in this morning. This has never...ever...happened. I swear. I'm so not like that.

Now we're off to wrap presents, make presents (yea, you heard me), and enjoy this blustery weather from the windows only, that is, until Declan goes to shovel for a 5th time. :)

Stay warm!

Friday, December 18, 2009

News....I got news!...(and sorry so late!)

It's true. We totally know the gender....and we're totally.excited. Like, over the moon excited. We finally have a glimpse into the future and what our little family is going to look like in 4'ish months.

It's amazing, in fact.

My gut was right. It was RIGHT. I didn't have a big motherhood fail already. I had a win. A big, big, win.

So, right before we left...I snapped this giddy, over the top excited picture of myself. I was so excited all morning, it was hard to teach.


I'm ready though...to reveal to you the news. So, since I'm super savvy and all (haha...riiight)---I have made a little video. I hope you can view it. Oh, and please, don't stop being my friend after you hear the high-squealing of my voice. Really. I don't always sound like that.

Excited.

Remember. I was (and AM!) excited.




So, yep...you heard it right [In fact, your ears might be ringing. Sorry!]. Can you believe it? Apparently you can, since the gender poll leaned that way the entire time. We even hit up Babys-r-us on the way home to snag a few pink things.

Life is good.

We feel blessed.

We are thrilled.

Pee-your-pants happy.

No, actually, I'm proud to say I didn't pee my pants. But cry? I did.

Ps: Yes, we have a name. But, this is one secret I'll have with the blog-world until the big day of our little lady's arrival. Gotta spice things up ;)


This is a two-post kind of day... :)

But, for very, very good reason.

It's gender-reveal day!
*I hope. I hope. I hope baby cooperates!*

So, seriously...I had a hard time sleeping last night because I'm just so excited. In fact, I dreamed many-a-weird gender reveal dreams last night. All three of them had the same gender result...the one I've been guessing all along. All three of them were revealed in really odd ways (like, my old pastor announcing it to the mall--and the result was on the back of a piece of juicy fruit gum. For real.)

I'm just so excited...I love seeing the baby in there dancing around, happy as can be. I love, love, love the "reality" of the ultrasound.

It's really happening.

It's in there.

It's "alive!".

It's not just a fruit reference in some baby book.

I love it.

So, this post is just a reminder to say a quick prayer, think good thoughts, and cross your fingers and toes around 1pm EST that the little one isn't so modest this afternoon and flashes the goods our way.

Oh, and OF course I'll be sharing the news with you all. How could I not? You've been a huge support to me through all this.

~~

So, expect a post sometime this afternoon/evening to find out if we're team Edward, or Team Jacob ....oops....I mean, Team Pink or Team Blue.

I can't wait to find out if my all-along motherly intuition was right. [Or, if I'll have my first motherly intuation FAIL. haha.]

Until later....

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Thankful Thursdays


I'm thankful for lots and lots of things....but I'll keep the list as short as can be.

I'm so very thankful for ultrasounds and (hopefully) wiggly, moving, AWAKE babies who will flash a peek of their bits so we can get a good look tomorrow. [When I say "babies" I mean "baby". There is only one. Promise.]

I'm thankful that Baby B keeps me on my toes. Yesterday, at my OB checkup...it took a solid 3 minutes to pickup the heartbeat on the doppler. I was sweating a little, in fear, I must admit. But, she said the baby was just tucked up in a weird position behind my belly button. Finally, we heard that wonderful wooshing sound.

I'm thankful for middle of the week date nights, and not cooking.

I'm thankful for Christmas presents that were ordered online, showing up in time.

I'm so thankful for heat. I honestly am one of those people who has the heat up pretty high, because I want to be comfortable while I'm home. I love walking into a warm house. I'm so very thankful for it.

I'm thankful for my camera. I'm not a photographer, but I do love to document [duh. I blog.] So, it's been really fun having little photo-sessions with myself (and baby)...because I KNOW I will really appreciate these pictures later.



I'm thankful that no matter if I have a "fat" day (which, dear lord...there are many more to come I fear...), I know that ultimately, this belly is resulting in the greatest gift for our little family.

I'm grateful for really cool nurses at the doctors office, who say really nice things (no matter how [un]true they are) as I'm stepping on the scale to get weighed: "It doesn't matter how much weight you've gained, you still look good in your jeans!"

What a good, good, lady she is.
[For the curious ones out there...no weight gain yet as of yesterday. I'm right where I started this pregnancy out at. I lost two, gained back one, and now am back to where I've started. Although, I'm told to expect a "boom" next time in my weight. Lovely. Can't. Wait.]

I'm thankful that this week somehow, someway moved much faster then I anticipated.

I'm thankful that on FRIDAY there should be a big.gender.reveal! woohoo! :)

[According to the poll....the majority are saying girl, but not by much. Make sure to vote.]

Happy, happy, happy Thursday. I know I'm smiling.


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Funny Kid Comment of the Day: The "I finally told them" Version

I took the plunge. I told them...you know, about the big lump on my mid-section. It was starting to get out...and I had no real choice in the matter. Clearly.


Seeing as I teach over 30-some classes in a 6 day cycle...I've only gotten through about half of the classes, and with even just that--it's been, well, amusing to say the least.


I thought it was quite fitting this week to do a recap on what the kids are saying, since, FRIDAY we will have a gender set in stone, hopefully.


Without further ado...here it is.


And people...kids really do say the darndest (or weird, semi-cruel, and amusing) things.


Oh, and my personal comments are in parenthesis next to their quotes. I did NOT say these things out loud. I swear.


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“Mrs. Balla you have to think pink. If you do NOT think pink you will get a boy. This happened to my aunt. This time, she is thinking pink, HARD." (Why, thank you. Had I known it was all about thinking then it would have spared me many-a-nights of tossing and turning.)


“Can I ask you a question…just who is the father?” (Okay, totally inappropriate, huh? It totally caught me off guard and I responded..."Umm..how about my husband? How's that sound?" lol)


“When you finally get a big stomach, you’ll have to rest something on there, and then watch it bump up and down. That’s what my mom did with all 3 of her pregnancies!” (Thanks for the tip.)


“Don’t worry Mrs. B…it’ll be hard, but you can do it.” (I guess I look worried? Or I'm totally coming off not as cool as I thought I was...ha...)

"I just thought you were eating too much junk food!" (Freaking KID! Now I'm annoyed.)


“Wait, Mrs. B…are you MARRIED?!!!!!!!!!!!” (Apparently you cannot look young and be married…according to them.)


Kids chime in: “You have to be married to be pregnant!” (breathing sigh of relief. It's kind of reassuring that they think that's true!)


Then some kid yells: “That ain’t true! My mom had me and she’s STILL not married!”


*back to reality*


“how exactly does a baby feel in your tummy?” (whoa…TMI. Personal questions stay inside those zipped lips, please.)


“Can I babysit?” (Over my dead body.)

“IS IT A BOY OR A GIRL?!” (If I knew...I'd tell you. Trust me. I'm bad at secrets.)

“If it's a boy, you should name the baby Sherman after my imaginary friend.” (Sherman didn't quite make the short list, kid.)

“If you have a boy, you MUST buy them that little walker thingy. My cousin has one and loves it!” (Apparently, girls don't need this contraption. They are just that much smarter then boys, hehe.)

“YOU DON’T EVEN LOOK PREGNANT!!” (Why thank you...)

“Wait…will you be leaving us????” (and reality kicked in...that they will.have.a.sub.)

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That was just part of it. Honestly...every single day I hear more and more crazy things. I guess, that's part of what I get for teaching over 900 kids. I get 900 opinions. I get 900 completely ridiculous baby comments. I get 900 kids begging to go to my baby shower. [For real. That happened. Today.]

Sigh.

My life...

EDIT:

I must add one that just happened to me....

"Mrs. B--do you know yet what section its gonna be?...like...an A section...or a B section?"

(I thought he was referring to the "sex" or gender....so I asked him if thats what he meant.)

One girl cut in and said, "No no...he wants to know if the baby will be CUT out of you or not."

I said, "OHHHHHHHH! Like you mean do I know if I'm going to be having a C-section or not?! Now I get it...A section...B section...C section...."

(Freaking laughing so hard in my head)

"Well buddy...I really don't know that yet. But, I have a feeling that's something I won't be sharing to my classes."