Tuesday, June 26, 2007

My interesting ride

I just have to share a little story from my day. At about 1:00 pm today I'm heading down Yucaipa Blvd., on my way to get gas before heading to Costco.... and my car stops going. I realize that I've run out of gas! Oh my, this has never happened to me before. I am about 1/2 mile or so from a gas station on Yucaipa Blvd. so I start praying "please Lord, let me coast to the gas station". Well of course I hit a red light and have to stop. I call Matt because I'm freaking out b/c I can't find my hazard light button on my car (I've only had it a couple of months), so he tells me where it is, and the light turns green. I pray and push the gas, and the car goes just enough to start coasting again (very slowly, but coasting none the less)..... and of course, I hit another stupid red light. I'm tempted to just run it, but cars are going through the intersection, so I can't. Thank the Lord.... I am able to start coasting again. I coast a little longer, right to the light where I can turn left to get to the gas station. Yucaipa Blvd. has a center divider, so I can't just turn into the gas station. Well by this point, my car will not go any further. I look around trying to figure out what to do and spot three boys waiting to cross the intersection to get to the skate park. I open my door and plead with them to come help me and push my car. These are not big boys mind you, I'd say they were about 10 or 11. Well thank the Lord, these three boys run out and start pushing my car. We pass some people who smile and laugh at me, and this makes me laugh because I realize how ridiculous I look. As we round the corner to turn into the gas station, we loose momentum, and the poor boys are struggling to to push my car, so I open my door and hop out to steer and push at the same time. At this point I start laughing pretty hard as we are quite a sight: a pregnant lady and three little boys pushing a car into a gas station. Thank the Lord, we got my car in a slot, and I was able to get gas. I profusely thanked the nice boys for rescuing me and helping me on such a hot day, and got my gas. Of course some man had to make a crack about me barely making it and trying to drive my car on fumes. I resisted the urge to say something snotty, and instead smiled graciously and told him it was a new car, and now I know how many miles are left when the gas light comes on. I do have to say, this was my very first time every running out of gas, so that's not so bad. Hopefully it will also be my last!

Monday, June 25, 2007

It's a boy!

After much anticipation and wondering, we found out this morning that we are having a boy :) The ultrasound tech did a shot where it looked like he was sitting on a glass table, so we could tell quite clearly that the baby is a HE :) It was very exciting, as this was our first ultrasound, so it was also the first time that we got to see the baby. He was very active, moving all around, flexing his hands and sucking on his fingers. Now I can picture him moving around down there in my tummy when I feel all of those kicks. We are going to name him Ethan Matthew. We are thrilled! The pictures are hard to make out, but fun none the less :) The first one is a picture of his head, and he has his foot right next to it (you can see the bottom of his foot)...he's a limber little guy! The second one is a picture of his hands, the third one is a picture of his whole body, it is as if he is laying on his right side/tummy and looking at you, and the last one is a picture of his legs and anatomy (it's very hard to make out in the picture, however we could see it VERY clearly on the computer...it's as if he is sitting on a glass table).

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Where did my brain go?

Along with an expanding waistline, I seem to have a shrinking brain. I finally understand why women say they feel like their brains leave them while being pregnant. I have found myself making silly mistakes and just plain forgetting things as of late. One great example: I paid a credit card bill to a wrong account; in fact it's an account that is closed, but was still on my Bill Pay online. I didn't even realize my mistake until we got a statement in the mail saying we had a credit on a credit card that is closed. Unfortunately this also meant I had not paid the credit card bill to the proper company, and it was two weeks late! Ugh!

I have been extra forgetful as well. Poor Matt....I don't know how often this scenario happens lately:
Matt: "Remember, I told you about that:
Jess: "No you didn't, I don't remember anything about that"
Matt: smiles patiently and replies "Yes sweetie, I did".
Thank goodness for an understanding and patient husband!

Along with feeling crazy, I have been extra clumsy. In the same week as my credit card snafu, I spilled an entire glass of water on my grandpa while eating out. Then, just a few days later I spilled another glass of water all over my father-in-law while eating out. Then (yes there is more), I spilled yet another glass of water on my own plate while Matt and I were eating dinner at home. To top it all off I spilled YET ANOTHER glass of water all over my coffee table today. I think I'd better revert back to those handy sippy cups that seem to work so well for children. I guess people should take note, steer clear of me while I am drinking something!

Monday, June 18, 2007


We went to a wedding on Saturday in Lake Arrowhead so I thought I'd post some pictures from it :) We got to see some friends we haven't seen in a while, along with Danny and Jolene (and baby Christian), it was a nice evening.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Surprise shower

My kids (and room moms) threw me a surprise baby shower today. It was so sweet. One of the mom's prayed for me, then another mom gave me a poem she had written and I had to read it out loud. They made me cry! They included my aide too because she is going to be a grandma for the first time in a few more weeks. The kids all brought baby books, so now I have a ton of really cute baby books. It was really cute, they all wrote what they thought I was having, what I should name the baby, what they think it will look like, and why I will be a good mom. My favorite response was this: "Mrs. Hekman will be a good mom because she already knows how to take care of kids. Plus she kept her guinea pig alive". Isn't that hilarious! The funny thing is, I really only kept one guinea pig alive....and had 2 more die. I hope that's not a measure of my success! The whole thing was really precious.

It's a bittersweet week for me, knowing I won't be teaching anymore. I may teach again in the future, but who knows. There are many things I won't miss about teaching (report cards, conferences, grading, etc.). However there are many more things I will miss; such as the sweet innocence of second graders, the way they love you pretty much unconditionally at this age, the joy in teaching them new things, the boost they are for my self esteem (they think teachers do everything great), and the fun that I have with them. I will miss those kids! However I am extremely excited to have my own child. I look forward to the chance that I will have to love and nurture him or her, to be a mom, and to experience the countless precious moments that come with being a parent.

I like blogs

I just thought I'd share that I really like blogs. I love reading the thoughts and experiences of my friends and loved ones (and sometimes even strangers). It's like a little intimate window into their lives. I never really did the blog thing until recently, but it's great! Keep on blogging! ;)

Monday, June 4, 2007

17 Weeks

I had another doctor appointment today. It wasn't anything eventful, but I did get to hear the heartbeat again :) I even got to hear the baby kick (which sounded like a "swhoosh"). Three weeks from today we have our ultrasound appointment. Hopefully the baby will cooperate and spread eagle so we can find out the sex! haha. We are just excited to finally get to see this baby.

I was sitting in church yesterday and I thought I felt the baby kicking, but it's so hard to tell at first, so I don't know. The past few days I have felt really good, which is a huge relief as I was still having nausea. Matt and I have been working hard on the house, trying to get our projects finished up. Right now we are finishing the yard, and making good progress. We only have a few more things to do. Then it's on to making the mudroom into an office. Matt has to have surgery on his ankle in August, and it will take about 2 months for him to recover, so he really feels the pressure to get things finished.