Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Quite the doctors appointment!

*Okay, just fair warning... There is a bit of girly content in this post*

So... it was a loooooooooong day at work. I do not like Tuesdays! My kids were pretty good most of the day. They did their work and kept quiet when I needed that time to grade and score for the progress reports. The one thing that really got on my nerves was all the ladies I work with. They keep saying things like "haven't you had that baby yet?" Well, NO! If I had, do you really think I would be here? They mean well, I know, but I can't stand stupid comments like that! I want the baby to be born, because I want to go on leave! I want my break from that place! My body is swelling up like a marshmellow! I feel huge! I am tired, moody, restless, and, well you ladies who have kids know! So, anyway, once the day was over at work, I made my way to the doctor. It is about a 30 minute drive at the time of day I was going... Well, I made it there just in time! Since I am nearing the end of this joyful experience, I had my suspicions that she would make me drop my pants, but I had no clue really. Well, I got into the room, and the MA took my BP, and then she gave me a paper blanket, and said strip from the waist down. Imagine my reaction "I HAVE TO STRIP!" So, anyway, long story short, my doctor now knows me a bit better. She did not say anything about anything... So I hope that means there is nothing wrong. I go back next Wednesday, and I have no idea what to expect at that appointment either.... Ok, well I am going to sign off. We just bought a new printer, and Chris wants to play. Good night.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Another day...

Ah, Sunday! Well, Christian and I went to check out a new church today. It was kind of neat how another Episcopal church can be so different. We really liked it! One of the things that I really liked is that one of my friends that I grew up with at church is now the assistant preacher at this church. It was neat to see him, and see how he is doing. Also, Christian like it because he can be an acolyte. At my church (the one that I grew up at, you have to be in 7th grade-12 grade). Chris was not able to go with us, he had to work today, but I have a feeling he will like it. It is a small church, with a lot to offer. The head priest is a woman, and very sweet! She blessed the baby (well, my tummy). So, I think we will keep going there for a while, and see how it turns out. Brad had an awesome sermon today about evil spirits, and things that are supernatural. Christian was practically on the edge of his seat :)

The baby is doing well, as far as I can tell. I was a bit worried last night because I woke up and did not feel any movement. I ran to the kitchen to get some orange juice to wake him/her up. Chris told me that I needed to stop worrying so much... I just want him/her to be okay! I was very scared!

Well, that is all for now. I hope everyone is well!

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Just a quick update...

Well... I am going to make this quick, because I really should try and get some sleep...

1. No matter how early I go to bed, I never feel like I get any rest anymore!
2. I am 35 weeks along, however, the doc is suspecting an early baby because s/he has been head down for over 4 weeks now!
3. The school has found a sub for me, she will be coming to meet the kids on Monday.
4. After a lot of thought and prayer, I don't think that I am going to apply for the youth pastor job... While I know most of the kids, and they confide in me, I am not sure that I would be ready for sure a large youth group, on my own.
5. Tomorrow is a field trip day! We are going to the children's museum!
6. Christian has a mild case of scoliosis... Nothing to be alarmed about, but the doctors are keeping an eye on it.
7. I have two baby showers scheduled. One is being given by my mother and my best friends mom; the other is being given by the ladies I work with.
8. I can't find my hips.
9. I can't see my toes when standing.
10. I am ready to go on leave.

Okay, I need to go to bed now... How everyone is well!

Sunday, January 22, 2006

What to do...

Well, today was a very busy day! I am kind of unsure of where to start. This morning, Chris had to be at work at 10:30, and Christian and I went to church on my parents side of town. It was raining all day, and that made it harder to drive. We left an hour before church started so that we would not be late. The service was so awesome! The new preacher is great! After church, everyone stayed for soup and chili and then we had our annual parish meeting. This lasted about two and half hours. The new preacher has so many awesome ideas for the church. One of the things that he pointed out is that the youth are very important, and that ministering to the youth of the church is a big part of evangelism. He also noted that he has asked Beccy (our full time youth/children's pastor) to stand as only the children's pastor, leaving an opening for youth minister. I could not tell you how many people came up to me and asked me if I planned to apply for that role. Everyone knows that I have been trying to find a new job, and everyone also knows that I absolutely love the youth of my church! So, here I am, caught in the middle of should I apply, is this what God wants me to do? So, I ask that all of you who read this blog, please say an extra prayer for me. I am going to be making this decision a big part of my devotions with God, as I ask His guidance in this.

Friday, January 20, 2006

The joys of parenting...

So it has been over a year now since Chris and Christian came into my life. The day Chris introduced me to his son (Christian) I immediately wanted to be a part of their lives. Seeing the love and bond that they share gave me assurance that raising a family with Chris would be just fine! Now as we approach the birth of our first child together, he is getting very nervous! Everyone asks if I am getting nervous, and I say "no, I don't need to be, Chris is nervous enough for the both of us :)

Today I took the day off from work, and took Christian to see the pediactric surgeon. After an hour in the waiting room, the doctor came to speak with me. She told me that basically his left side is growing faster than the right and that it is very normal in boys. She said that not everyone notices it, and it does not show this much in all boys, and most are inverted. She wants to see him again in 6 months to make sure that nothing has gotten worse. Thank you to everyone who has been praying for him. We appreciate it a lot!

In other news, my mom lost her job last weekend, though her last day is tomorrow. I was going to ask that y'all pray that she could find a new job fast, but she already did! I am so proud of her! And, she will be making the same amount of money, and working less hours! YEAH!

My last doctors appointment went great! It took about 5 minutes... She listened to the babies heart, measured my belly, and said "okay see you in a week!" I think it is so funny how little they do. Well, we are looking at Valentine's Day as a possible due date... though I think it will be the 20th :) We shall see!

In the Richards' Family News...

Updates and some news coming soon :)

Monday, January 16, 2006

Hey y'all... Tammy put this on her blog and I thought it was a neat idea... so here goes...

1. Time of starting: 5:40 p.m.
2. Were you named after anyone? my middle name is the same as my mother, grandmother, great grandmother...
3. Do you wish on stars? shooting stars
4. When did you last ry? hmmmm, I don't remember
5. Do you like your hand writing? sometimes
6. What is your favourite meat? deer
7. What is the most embarrassing CD on your shelf? Mary KAte and Ashley Olson "Brother For Sale"
8. If you were another person, would YOU be friends with you? of course, I am an amazing person!
9. Are you a daredevil? depends on my mood
10. Have you ever told a secret you swore not to tell? Once, but it was for her own good!
11. How do you release anger? take it out on my journal!
12. Where is your second home? My parents house
13. Do you trust others easily? no
14. What was your favourite toy as a child? legos
15. What class in school do you think is pointless? Life Management Skills (my friend Becky and I were the only 2 people in the class that actually tried to learn something. Everyone else was in there for a blow off class)
16. Do you use sarcasm a lot? all the time
17. Have you ever been in a mosh pit? no
18. What do you look for in a guy/girl? my husband :)
19. Would you do a bungee jump? I've done it before, but I don't think I would do it again
20. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? half the time I dont even tie them....
21. What's your favourite ice cream flavour? pepperment
22. What are your favourite colours? green
23. What is your least favourite thing? whinning! (and I teach 1st grade!)
24. How many people do u have a crush on right now? 1 (hubby)
25. What do you miss most right now? quiet
26. What colour underwear are you wearing? yellow
27. What are you listening to right now? Christian whinning about me taking to long on the computer
28. If you were a crayon, what colour would you be? yellow
29. What is the weather like right now? raining and muggy
30. Last person you talked to on the phone? the lady at the hospital, setting up appointments for Christian to see the specialists
31. The first thing you notice about the opposite sex? how tall they are
32. Do you like the person who sent you this? Well, nobody sent it to me, I copied it off of Tammy's blog, so talking about her... hmm, well I love her to bits, but she needs to blog more, email me more, and all that jazz!
33. What good qualities does the person who sent this have? Full of energy, fun loving, always (almost always) smiling, true friend, loyal, worthy of an amazing man who will one day realize it and kick himself in the butt for taking so long! ok, I'm done...
34. Favourite drink? water (yes, I said water!)
35. Favourite alcoholic drink? a glass of red wine with my Medium Rare Steak at Outback Steakhouse
36. Natural hair colour? dirt blond/light brown
37. Eye colour? brown
38. Wear contacts? almost regularly
39. Siblings? 2 brothers: Maurice who will be 27 next Wednesday, and Charlie, who just turned 18... AHHHHHH
40. Favourite month? Anything that is not a Texas summer month, I think that leaves December-February :)
41. Favourite food? PB&J
42. Last movie you watched? Rugrats in Paris (last night with Christian)
43. Favourite day of the year? The day the baby is born (not sure yet the exact date, I will let you know)
44. Have you ever been too shy to ask someone out? No, I am quite blunt!
46. Summer or winter? winter!
47. Hugs or kisses? depends, who am I hugging or kissing?
48. Do you want your friends to write back? If they want to
49. Who is most likely to respond? Someone who reads this blog
51. What book/magazine are you reading at the moment? Parenting Magazine
52. Time of finishing: 5:58 p.m.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

I'm a Star!

So yesterday at work, we handed out report cards to the students. Before handing them out, we were to have a copy of them in the files in the office. I got all of that done in the morning before the kids got their, and had the report cards in their daily folders when they returned from Science Lab. I think it is so funny how something so easy can confuse someone. Our second grade teacher did not understand the report card process, and had to redo hers 3 times. From what I understand, when she taught in New York, she submitted her computer grade book, and the school made the report cards. I like the old fashion way myself, then I know it is done the way I want it done! When I was about to leave. my principal came to me and said "YOU ARE A STAR!" and she gave me a sticker!

My classroom is looking awesome... I guess you could call what I have done to it nesting. I have cleaned organized and rearranged a lot in there. (no I did not move anything heavy). It is almost ready for the sub to take over when I go on my leave.

Today Katie (my best friend from church since I was little) and I went to a "Baby Shower" at BabiesRus. It was basically I thing where you could get ideas for what to do at the baby shower. They had these really cute ideas... one was a rose made out of baby socks, soooo cute! Another was a bunch of diapers rolled up and made to look like a layer cake. They were so cute! I entered into a bunch of raffles, and bought a few things that I really needed (wont go into detail). Oh, and I also found out that one of the things I registered for has been recalled! YIKES! So, that will come off the registry!

Well, that is all for now. Hope all is well!

Wednesday, January 11, 2006


Well, I thought that I had posted more recently. A lot has been going on! We spent Saturday at the hospital with Christian... They X-rayed his whole body practically! The doctors there could not figure out the problem, they noted that his right leg is longer than the other. Everyone has one leg longer than the other, but it is more than it should be. We have a referral to see a pediactric orthopedic and a pediactric surgeon. Christian got a bit worried when they told us that we going to see a surgeon, but he cheered up when they told him about the game room they have at the hospital.

Sunday, Christian went to the beach with his friend. Chris and I went to my parents house, because my grandparents were in town. We spent a couple hours over there, visiting with them, but that usually does not last long, because grandads memory is fading. Mimi brought us a bunch of baby stuff, and told me there was still more to come.

Monday, I had to go to work :( Although, it was not all that bad. The kids are great, but being pregnant, I find the worst in every situation. They hardly ever get recess anymore! I am such a mean teacher! We found out that Chris is getting a promotion, and a raise!!! And his insurance is finally kicking in... So, we will have health coverage for Christian and the baby!

Tuesday... about the same as Monday... minus the stuff about Chris

And today! Today was wonderful! I love Wednesdays because it is chapel day at school. The kids get to school around 8. Chapel starts at 8:15 and ends around 8:45. Class starts around 9am. We do Math from 9-10am... I love math, and so do the kids! Today we got to crawl on the floor and measure the room with a yard stick! I must have looked sooooooo funny! At 10, my class goes to Music until 10:45. Then 10:45-11:15, they have lunch (I know, very early!) From 11:15-12:05 they have computer class; and then 12:05-12:30 they have library. So finally, at 12:30, I get some time to teach! We don't do every subject on Wednesday (duh statement) We got all our work done, and then some, so I gave them some time to do a color page... One of my students threw an eraser at another, and then another student called another names, and another jumped out of her seat for no reason... Those students got to write the class rules for me! I AM SUCH A MEAN TEACHER!!!

Friday, January 06, 2006


So yesterday, Chris noticed that Christian's chest and collar bone area on the left side of his body is very swollen, and the is a hard spot on his chest. It does not hurt him at all, but it worries us a great deal! One of Christian's friends mom is a paramedic, and she checked it out today. She said that she has never seen anything like it, and it is odd. Because it is so close to the heart, she recommends that we take him to the doctor ASAP. We still don't have health insurance for him, but we are working on getting it. This is going to set us back even more than we already are, but his health is more important! Please pray for this situation, that it wont be anything to serious!

The baby has been hurting me lately! S/he stretches in ways that s/he does not fit, and it hurts! Chris had a talk with her/him last night and told her/him that mommy needed her rest, and that baby needed to settle down. Would you believe that the child settled down!!! It has to be a girl, because only a girl would be scared enough to listen to daddy that quick... (I did!)

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Good times at the doctor...

Had another appointment today. I am going every two weeks now. Today, the doctor told me that the baby's head is down and she expects no more than 6 more weeks. I have gained more weight than I should, but it is all baby (scary thought). My ankles are so swollen, and my feet hurt like crazy. My belly is so huge... Everyone at work thinks I will have this baby before February. My dad is guessing February 15th... I hope he is right! You see, Chris and I got married exactly 5 years to the day, after my grandfather passed away. I did not know that, until at our rehearsal dinner, but we ended up having a moment of silence at the wedding in his memory. So, anyway, my grandfathers birthday was February 15. My dad thinks it only seems right.

Well, that is about it for today. Not a whole lot to report. I was so tired at work today, I wanted to take a nap. This is why I should not take 2 weeks off! Well, I'm outa here.