Sunday, March 28, 2010

My sweet little lemon...


My baby is the size of a lemon! Getting bigger....! I can't believe how fast it grows!


I feel like I look similar to the last picture I posted but it has been 4 weeks... so time for an update!! I feel like I just look like I ate a giant meal. But I know these days are numbered! It also looks like I am arching my back... but I wasn't - I swear I'm not trying to stick it out! (As Mason always says)

How far along? 14 1/2 weeks
Total weight gain: 4 pounds! They say I will now start gaining a pound a week! I can't imagine gaining 25-35 pounds!
Stretch marks? Nope
Sleep: I wake up once each night for a very needed potty break. I also feel uncomfortable and can only lay on my sides. Some nights are better than others. I read that during this stage there is a hormone that makes it difficult to sleep. I suppose that's what's going on.
Best moment this month: Hearing the heart beat at the doctor's appointment last week. It was amazing hearing that little pitter-patter. You could hear mine behind it as well.
Movement: None yet.
Gender: I am convinced it's a boy. I still have 7 more weeks until I find out... the suspense is killing me!!!
Labor Signs: none
Belly Button in or out? in
What I miss: SUSHI. Oh I miss it so much. We were such good friends.
What I am looking forward to: Feeling my little one start to kick inside of me.
Monthly Wisdom: I'd say my monthly wisdom comes from my student teacher who is 28 weeks pregnant. She has been my 'baby guru' and informed me on SO many things. I have learned where to apply shea butter to avoid stretch marks, what's ok to eat or not, and just this weekend I went to her baby shower and learned what to register for!! So fun!
Milestones: I am officially in the 2nd trimester! That's means I'm 1/3 of the way done. Whoo-hoo!



Mason wasn't home to take the picture so check out my ghetto tripod.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Dear Daylight Savings,

It was really hard getting up this morning since you pushed us back an hour. It was dark outside, there was ice on the windows of my car... I had really been enjoying the layer of ice already being melted off and the sun shining as I left for work. I just feel sleepy today. I had a hard time getting out of my warm bed. I know it's only an hour, but it feels like that hour was so precious. Plus now I'm not on the same time as my mom anymore. Geez. I need a nap already and it's only Monday.

Friday, March 12, 2010

My thoughts on first grade...


During the time that I have had a student teacher the office has come to me a couple of times asking me to substitute different grades last minute because they couldn't find a substitute. At first I was hesitant to do this because I thought, "Substitute? No way! Kids are awful for substitutes." But I actually have found myself enjoying each class I went to and I have drawn some conclusions.

The first class I went to was a 5th grade class. This one scared me the most because I thought I'd had no experience with this age. The kids that I taught my first year are in 4th grade now and so I didn't even have that to comfort me. But let me tell you what... first of all, it totally depends on the management of the substitute because each class I've gone to has been great. But 5th graders are SO independent! Holy cow! They could sit there for 30 minutes totally self sustained. I didn't know what to do with myself. It was a whole new world that completely doesn't exist in the 5 minute attention span of the 6 year old.

Next I went to 3rd. Again, able to work on a task for longer than 7 minutes. These kids had manners. They knew how to write, read, and they weren't picking their noses.

Then today I substitute taught in 2nd grade. It actually wasn't much different than first. Still pretty busy, but they stayed on task much better than my sweet little 'busy bodies.' Plus I noticed the kids that I had known from last year, whether in my class or not, seemed so much more calm and not nearly as hard.

So I decided to write about my discovery. I think first grade teachers not only teach their students how to read and write. But we also teach them how to be 'human' in school/socially. I have followed my hardest students over the years and asked their teachers how they are doing and the responses I get amaze me. Of course they are still the 'hard student' but when I ask about certain behaviors that I had problems with and if they still exist the answer is mostly no.

Obviously a child at 6 years old is going to act differently than a 10 year old but for some reason I had never thought about this before. But first graders are SO sweet and will love you no matter what. Their innocence and excitement for life is refreshing as well. But it's just hard work. Don't get me wrong. I love my job and I love these little guys.

I am hoping not to work when I have the baby. Depending on Mason's recent applications we will see if that can happen or not. But when I return to teaching after my kids are in school, I'm thinking of trying 3rd. Although who knows... maybe by that time I will miss all the runny noses and cute little pictures that I always post about.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Diagram

My student teacher did non-fiction writing with the students. They all got to choose an animal and then study about and write a report on that animal. On the last page of their reports they were suppose to draw a diagram of the animal - as part of the curriculum. They were suppose to put as many parts of the animal as they could think of.

This one turned out pretty cute:

Notice anything 'interesting' about this one?

Don't worry... we had him change it to a brown path running under the dog.



Thursday, March 4, 2010

I'm just one week shy...

...of being 3 months pregnant!

I am 11 weeks along right now, due September 22nd and just as perfectly delighted as can be. We are so excited to be parents. I had my first doctors appointment two weeks ago and here is the picture from the ultrasound. At that point our little 'button' was only the size of a grape. Oh, but it was absolutely amazing to see him (that's what we've been calling it). Right when the ultrasound came up he waved his little hand. Mason and I both got teary eyed. We loved how it looks like he's just leaning back and relaxing. What an amazing, exciting, magical, and spiritual experience all at the same time.

I have been so lucky. I haven't been sick at all. The only time I feel queasy is if my stomach gets empty. That's easy enough to solve. Smells are a little rough as well. My pants don't fit anymore. Well I can wear them unsnapped but I have already found a couple maternity pants that I wear. They are just so comfy! I am loving being pregnant. It's such an amazing development that takes place in my body. I am just in awe at how fast the baby develops. I have just barely started showing. I still think I'm just at the chubby looking stage. But it's so fun day-dreaming about that sweet little baby that is going to be in our lives in a short/long 6 months!

So of course to celebrate Mason created a masterpiece for breakfast one morning. I love that boy so much. He is going to be the cutest daddy in the world. He is so protective of the baby already. He is always asking me if I am eating healthy. We are both so lucky to have him... whether it's daddy or hubby.