Friday, February 22, 2013
It has been a good baby week! The weekend was amazing. I was able to really start feeling the movement of the baby, and then felt the baby from the outside starting Saturday. Jeff felt the baby move on Sunday. It is really feeling like there is SOMEONE in there, instead of just fat building up on my belly! I had a doctor's appointment and all was very well! The doctor was happy with my weight gain, which at this point is really all in my belly, my blood pressure was great, the baby's heart rate was great and beautiful to listen to, and overall this week I felt pretty good, aside from really feeling this kid on my bladder all of the sudden! I have my big ultrasound on March 4th. I can not WAIT for it! Jeff will get to see the baby for the first time, and I can't wait to see how the baby has grown.
Here are my questions for the week:
Looking forward to:
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Wow! How am I 20 weeks already? This pregnancy is FLYING by! It is so exciting and terrifying all at once. Overall I still feel pretty good, minus back pain that started a few weeks ago and has picked up the more I grow. I was sick this week, which was tough because Tylenol doesn't do much! And sleeping while sick was difficult. I have been sleeping decently lately, so having a stuffy nose interrupts my precious sleep! But no matter how I feel at any moment, I just can't believe I am here... I am finally having a baby! I had a moment this week of "OMG!" because I can't believe that inside of me is a piece of my amazing husband and I just can't wait to see this baby and watch him or her grow and see who he/she is most like between myself and Jeff.
We have been making progress on the nursery too. When I say we, I mostly mean Jeff. The room is painted. I was mad one day and ripped up the carpeting (now, before you go "whoa! why would you do that when you shouldn't be doing stuff like that!"- realize that it was installed by the people who lived here before us and they did it themselves. They did a crappy job so the carpet wasn't connected to anything. The padding was stapled down, but that was easy to get up. I just pretty much rolled it up.). The hardwood underneath was in really good condition, so Jeff sanded it and cleaned it and will soon refinish it. We bought a beautiful area rug that will go on the floor as soon as he is done and the finish cures and then we are ready to DECORATE! That's where I come in (well, telling what and where things go... once again he will do most of the stuff).
OK- enough babbling... onto the questions:
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Sunday, February 10, 2013
So, as many people across America, I watched the Superbowl last weekend. While watching it there was a Dodge commercial, featuring the voice of Paul Harvey. I grew up listening to Paul Harvey with my dad and enjoyed this commercial and what it stood for... showing the hardworking farmer of America, someone who often does not get enough credit for their job. And while doing it, I was thinking "someone needs to do this for teachers". As a teacher, I know we are often overlooked and right now even unfairly villainized as many governors look at their state budgets and decide where to make cuts. Well... I decided to write a similar poem, crediting the idea to Paul Harvey, in honor of teachers everywhere. I am proud of what I do and proud of my hardworking colleagues. I hope you have a teacher in your life you can be proud of. I chose this field for the children. :)
And when the children came, God looked down at their beautiful faces and said “I need someone to help shape them”. So, God made a teacher.
God said “I need somebody to put in countless hours of planning and preparation outside of their workday, in the early mornings and late into the evenings, and then spend the day teaching these beautiful faces to read, write, and believe in themselves.” So God made a teacher.
“I need somebody with a large heart. Someone to bring a child into the classroom and show them love they may or may not be receiving at home, while educating them and teaching them that they are worth the world. Someone who takes the most precious person to a parent and treats them as if they are their own child. Someone who works with every child, no matter the learning ability, and shapes their education to fit them. Someone who helps every part of that child grow day in and day out, and then carefully pass them to the next grade.” So God made a teacher.
God said “I need someone who can fight for what they believe in. Someone who can turn a hardened shoulder towards people and governments who don’t believe their work is good enough, someone who can fight for education of children instead of education of standardized tests. Someone who can listen to the complaints that too much money is spent on education, and then smile even while spending their own hard earned money on supplies for each and every child in their classroom so that every child can learn.” So God made a teacher.
God had to have someone willing to give up their family time to planning and grading. Someone who would give up their lunch to a child who had none or give up their lunch break to a child who needed extra attention. So God made a teacher!
God said “I need someone who is willing to be paid less. I need someone who is willing to continue their education and who would give up evenings, weekends, and summers to further their education to show that they are life long learners, not only to set a good example for these beautiful faces, but to be able to serve these beautiful faces so that these children can choose who and what they want to be in life.” So God made a teacher.
It had to be somebody who was kind and patient… not easily deterred. Someone to cultivate, and teach. Plan, grade, learn, and then teach. Someone who is firm and consistent, loving and steadfast. Someone willing to put in the time and attention in school, in meetings, in analyzing past and present practices, while rarely taking time for themselves. Someone who understands the value of family, but who takes their cares home each night because of the 25 students whose lives they affect daily, and then smiles with pride, but also with fear, when their own son or daughter says they are going to spend their life “doing what mom does”. So God made a teacher!
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Almost halfway!?! How did I get here? I have my next dr's appointment on Feb 21st, and then my ultrasound on March 4th. My dr's office doesn't do the midway ultrasounds until 22 weeks... which is killing me as I see a few friends get their's done even before 20 weeks! I haven't seen Charlie since 9 weeks and I am DYING to see a baby instead of a gummy bear!
A few of the kids in some of the other 2nd grades at school have started to ask if I know what I am having, but my kids, even though they know I am pregnant, really don't talk or ask about the baby much. Maybe as I get bigger they will. It is OK though, because it does avoid some weird conversations with them!
This week my back really has started to hurt if I am doing too much or if I am up walking around all day. I took a stool to school to sit on, but even still as a 2nd grade teacher I am always moving and always on the go. Sitting doesn't happen much! By the time I get home I am ready to just lay down.... oh and on my side because on my back is NOT comfortable now! But no matter how uncomfortable I am, I am thankful for every second of it!