Piper- 5 Months Old


Piper turns 5 months old today.

• weighs about 18.2  pounds
• wears size 3 diapers
• wears size 3-6 months clothes
• eats rice cereal and will start stage 1 baby food soon
• is no longer swaddled at night- just a sleep sack
• blows raspberries
• likes: her “happy bear”, reaching for things, putting everything in her mouth, sitting upright, her sleep giraffe, looking in the mirror, swinging
• dislikes: being tired, getting burped, the Louisville Cardinals

Recently, Chad and I have noticed how much Piper loves her “happy bear” that hangs above her changing table. It’s small, and if you push a button, it lights up and sings “I am a bear, a happy bear, a hungry bear, a sleepy bear. I am a bear, a happy bear. Oh won’t you play with me.” When she’s on the table, she will look over at it, and when you make it start to sing, she always smiles. It is so cute. I’d like to say I picked this toy out for her, but the truth is someone found it in the parking lot at my school and the secretary told me to take it because kids were driving her crazy playing with it after school. I randomly decided to hang it on an existing nail one day and that is where it will stay so that she can not put it in her mouth.


Piper- 4 Months Old


Piper turns 4 months old today.
• weighs about 16.6  pounds
• wears size 3 diapers
• wears size 3-6 months clothes
• smiles a lot and even laughs a little
• has discovered her feet
• likes: batting at objects, chewing on her hands, things that make rustling sounds, seeing everything that’s going on
• dislikes: being tired, being cradled like a baby, tummy time

Piper went to a birthday party for the first time yesterday (cousin Brody’s). Although she didn’t know what was going on and slept most of the time, she was super cute and Chad and I got to eat cupcakes.



National Boards

I recently accomplished something very exciting that was quickly overshadowed by the birth of Piper. On November 17th (the day before Piper was born), I found out that I had become a National Board Certified teacher (NBCT). This certification was the end to a 2-year long process of videoing, documenting, and writing about my teaching. It was a lot of work that seemed overwhelming at times, but sometimes fun in a weird way. I really like having a finished product at the end of a long-term goal. It’s such a great feeling. To submit my entries for NB, I had to mail a box of several 12-page papers among other things by March 31st. It felt really good to put it all together and send off what I had been working on for so long… even though I knew it would be 7 1/2 months before I would find out if I passed.

At the post office about to mail my National Board entries

On March 7th, they had a recognition ceremony for all Kentucky NBCTs who certified in 2012. I went and listened to the governor and many representatives offer congratulations. It probably wasn’t worth the 2 1/2-hour drive, but it still felt like an honor. I’m pretty proud to be one of only 102,237 NBCTs in the country and one of only 3,752 who share my same certification (Early Adolescence Math). I don’t set too many goals, but this was a big one for me and I’m happy to share that I reached it. I know I would not have been able to do it without Chad. He was a huge help and motivator the whole way!

Kentucky National Board Certified Teachers 2012
Kentucky National Board Certified Teachers 2012
Governor Steve Beshear
Governor Steve Beshear

Piper- 3 Months Old


Piper turns 3 months old today.
• weighs about 15.8 pounds
• was in the 99.78 %ile in height at her last check-up
• wears size 2 diapers
• wears size 3-6 months clothes
• coos a lot
• smiles more
• holds her head up well
• likes: chewing on her hands, licking things, baths, being carried in her Baby Bjorn, looking at the TV (noooo!)
• dislikes: being tired, getting her finger cut by nail clippers, tummy time, mommy going back to work (that might be my dislike)

Today will be her first full day at day care. She sleeps in the emergency crib. It’s like all the others except it’s by the door and has wheels. During drills and emergencies, they put all the babies in her crib and roll them out. I like to picture her motioning everyone over and standing at the front of the crib, pointing out the way as they are pushed to safety. She has no idea of the responsibility she has.