Okay so I realize that my parents are probably both dying to look at my belly, but honestly, to outsiders you probably would just think I'm a little bloated.

To put it in Danny's oh so elegant words, "It looks like you just ate a big dinner."

So...I'm not showing. I am ALMOST 8 weeks, this is totally normal, though I don't understand how a baby so tiny could force me to pee so frequently.

This is a fairly recent photo of me. I think it was taken late October. I was probably pregnant. I didn't know I was. My aide at school took it on his cell phone and then sent it to me. I needed an "artifact" that proved I taught my middle schoolers a lesson on French Culture.

It was, of course, about cheese. Mostly I had them taste-test cheese that they had never tried before. And $28.60...they still mostly liked cheddar.


I think that High School will be a lot more difficult to motivate and excite. You should have seen these little 7th and 8th graders. They were ecstatic.

I have to Pee X A BILLION

Seriously. Once my mom gave me a compliment, "You have a very good bladder! You'll appreciate that someday!"

Well, it's "someday", and my bladder is no longer any size bigger than a pea, apparently, because I have to get up about (okay it only FEELS this way, but) every 20 minutes to pea about 1/4 cup of water. This is ridiculous.

Danny's said his mom said that it gets better sometime during the middle. I don't really see how, since the baby is only about 1/4 inch long or less now, and is going to be a HECKUVA lot bigger later. Hmmm....

Hot laptops on my pregnant belly increase the need to pee, I've decided.

Revamping th'ole Blog

Yeah...I like to blog. Or at least, I used to. Then things happened like...school, and getting married, and...soon I realized that I missed my old friend, katesamericanlife. So here I am, back at it again.

When I realized I was pregnant, I thought, "Oh! I could totally blog about this!" Now, you should realize that I DO sometimes, if infrequently, update our family blog, which is challisadventures.blogspot.com - but the thought of taking over that blog as my pregnancy venting blog was not appealing. What if someday our kids want to use it for...something? You know?

So then I decided to make a new blog. But thinking about all of the blogs that are started and never finished, or never written on started to make me shudder. Seriously, there are so many wastes of excuses for blogs out there! Cyber junk. Someone should put them in an insinerator.

So FINALLY I decided to revamp my old blog. The title is catchy, if you ever listen to NPR, that is. Which I do. Every day. For almost the hour that it takes to get to and from work.

Et voila! This is her! Beautious, lovelious...I hope you enjoy it. Sometimes I write my blog goals - and so here they are for 2009, albeit a month early:

1. Write on my blog often
2. Put photos on my blog often
3. Get people to read and check my blog often.