Tuesday, September 28, 2010

First appointment

Tomorrow is the big day! I get to go to the doctor for the first time. I'm so excited and nervous at the same time. I'm nervous because I want everything to be OK. If I'm being honest, these last few days I haven't felt very pregnant. It is probably mostly because I have a cold and that pretty much trumps everything right now. I had a tiny bit of food aversion this morning, but I still ate breakfast, and I'm kinda tired, but I figure that could be from the cold as well. Who knows, I guess I'm just playing tricks on myself. I have no cramping and no bleeding, which apparently are both good signs. I don't know why I am worrying, either, because I can't do anything to control this either way. I guess I am just going to have to try to keep my stress level down so that I don't do any unintentional harm to him/her. I will update tomorrow once I know how everything is going and if anything has changed! Wish me luck!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Give me PICKLES!!

You heard me, pickles. Dill. Right now. Please?? So far that is my only crazy pregnancy craving. And there is nothing I can do about those when I am at school, it is pretty frustrating. I would love to be able to just keep a jar of pickles in my desk, but I'm pretty sure my students would think that was really weird ;-). Other than that I am feeling pretty good. I have my morning sickness in the evenings, which is a mixed blessing (I would like to feel good when I get home, but at least I'm not sick when I'm trying to teach). It is pretty mild and I haven't vomited... yet. I still have some difficulty with breakfast, but i think I've found something I can eat even when I'm feeling puny. I drink a glass of milk right when I get out of the shower, then I can eat waffles with fruity syrup (not regular syrup, yuck) later in the morning right before I leave. So far it is working OK. At least I am not starving to death. Lunch seems to be the only meal I don't have problems with, which is a good thing because its either eat what I brought or don't eat at all. Not many choices! Maybe I should take a jar of pickles and put them in the lounge, then if I can't eat lunch at least I'll have a pickle!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Knowing and waiting

I think most of the family finally knows! You don't know how much family you actually have until you have to call them to tell them important news like this. And unfortunately I don't have everyone's number, so I am relying on the news to spread on its own to the remaining few. Now all I get to do is just wait for my first doctor's appointment. It is in about a week and a half and it is going to take SO LONG to get here. I don't even know if they are going to do anything exciting at that appointment, like an ultrasound, but I certainly hope so. Supposedly it is a TON of paperwork and blood tests and thing like that, but I haven't heard any confirmation about whether I will get to see/hear baby or not. I guess I am just going to have to wait and see.

My symptoms are no different. I haven't had any morning sickness in the last couple of days and I am not as tired as I have been. I hope this means I am on the up-swing and will feel better for a while. I know the symptoms come and go, but I kinda hope they stay away, as long as it still means a happy baby.

We have started discussing nursery ideas, but my darling husband thinks it is entirely too early to even start contemplating things like that. I keep bringing it up anyway ;-) We have only talked about potential names once, and I even feel like it is a little early for that. We are just going to let this baby marinate for a while and then figure out the important things, like a name, further on down the road I guess.

On a different note, this weekend (ok, just today) I did a whole lot of planning and prepping for this week, and I am hoping that will mean that this week will go much more smoothly than last week did. I have all my things in bundles for the copies I need to make, and I have most things planned out for the week (I think, unless things take a whole lot less time than I am anticipating). This week starts a different part of instruction that I have to include in my mornings (ESL) and it is going to definitely be a different routine in the morning for me. Oddly enough, it is pretty much just me that is going to be affected by it, the kids won't really notice a difference. Unfortunately, I have a training that I have to go to on Tuesday morning, which means the third sub in 4 days for my poor students. I hate being out so much, but mandatory training and illnesses are impossible to avoid. Hopefully this is the last time I will be out for a while.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Now the world can know...

That I'm pregnant!! I am so excited I can barely contain myself!! We found out about 2.5 weeks ago but just finished telling the family, so now it is safe to spread the news on the blog. I plan to use this as a pregnancy updater, of sorts, and hope to be diligent about posting now that I know several people will be reading it.

What I know so far: Not much. I have an "estimated due date" of May 8th (Mother's day) but that is just from an online calculator. I can't go to the doctor until I am 8 weeks, which is next Sunday, so my first appointment is the following Wednesday. Yep, tomorrow makes 7 weeks. I still am in shock that I am actually pregnant, but I definitely have all the symptoms. Ok, most of the symptoms. I'm tired all the time, I have some morning sickness (that doesn't just happen in the morning, by the way), I'm sore, and a tiny bit emotional. It isn't horrible yet, just a little uncomfortable.

We have told all the family that we needed to tell. The rest are going to find out through the grapevine I'm sure. We were pleasantly surprised at all the reactions we received. We did not plan anything elaborate to tell our parents, although I thought that would have been fun. We just had them over for dinner and told them all at once. My parents and Jason's mom were all in tears, my sister was so excited, and Jason's dad hugged me with a big smile on his face. It was so wonderful. The only one missing was Jason's sister, but she had to go back to college :-( Darn that school.

I haven't quite figured out how I am going to tell my boss yet... He is a really nice guy, and the school has a family atmosphere, but I don't want to stress him out with my due date being so far away. I think I will tell him after my doctor's appointment, if I can wait that long. The problem is there is another pregnant teacher at school, and I don't want him to get stressed out about having multiple teachers gone at the same time. She is due like 3 months before me, so hopefully it won't be a big deal. We will just have to see what happens when I finally tell him though.

Other than that I don't have much to say. I'm still trying to get it to sink in that we are going to be parents, but it is harder than I thought it would be, lol. We know what room is going to be the nursery but that is about it. We have some other home improvement projects we would like to do, but we aren't sure if they are going to happen before the baby comes, after, or at all. Should be interesting trying to figure that out...

Teaching is going well. It has been a challenging year so far, but I keep hearing that is just how it is being a first year teacher. I have tried a bazillion different things it feels like, but nothing is working quite like I envision it. I guess that is why being flexible is so important! Hopefully I can figure something out soon so that my kids can really start to get into a routine and we can settle in. Like I said, hopefully soon.

Jason and I were both laid up sick yesterday with the stomach virus that is going around right now. It was horrible and it was still lingering a little bit today. I was supposed to go to a math training today but that didn't happen because I was still feeling puny this morning when I woke up. Plus, I didn't want to get all the other nice people at the training sick because apparently this is super contagious. My sister, niece, and nephew had it first, and now the only person in the entire family that hasn't gotten it is my younger brother. Even my parents' foreign exchange student got it! It is not pleasant. Thankfully I am feeling better now and I am looking forward to a really good night's sleep.

OK, I think that is all from me for now. Like I said, hopefully I will be able to keep this updated for everyone who is curious. Please pray for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby as a result! Praise the Lord that I am going to be a mother! I know things can still happen this early on, but I want all my friends and family's support if anything does happen. We will just have to wait and see as it is in God's hands for the next 7.5 months! And after that, too, but you know what I mean :-)

Monday, September 6, 2010

Labor day weekend

This weekend was a pretty good one. After the week I had I needed a break. On Friday night a friend of ours from TTU came into town for a visit. Unfortunately, my mom's uncle passed away about a month ago so there was a HUGE family dinner on Friday night that I wanted to go to. The boys went to eat with another friend instead of coming to the family dinner. Then, Saturday we went up to Jason's parents' cabin in Jemez. It was so nice and relaxing to just sit up there with no tv (or video games or football) and we just hung out, played games, and ate. We went for a nice little hike on Sunday morning, ate lunch, then came home. Last night we watched the TTU vs. SMU game that Jason recorded, and then they watch most of the OSU vs. TCU game. The friend that went to dinner with Jason and the other friend joined us for all of these escapades as well. It was just spending a weekend with friends since I don't get to do that very often. Today we woke up, Jason and Jonathan went to get donuts (day old unfortunately, because everything is closed on Labor Day), I washed my car, showered, and now the boys are playing video games while I try to finish up laundry. Overall it has been a very good weekend.

I'm so excited to see what this week is going to have in store for me, because I'm starting to get the class under control and to figure out some fun things to do with the kids so that they are still learning but having fun at the same time. It seems like third grade is difficult for them because up until now there has been a lot of hand-holding and coaching throughout the day, not much independent work. Now, however, with the need to do reading groups and the math program, there is a lot more time during the day when the students need to be independent. They are slowly but surely getting the hang of it, but I'm afraid it might be a little longer before we run like a well-oiled machine. However, I'm still just excited that our a/c works again!

Tonight we are going to go eat dinner with my parents before we have to take Jonathan back to the airport. I think we are having ribs, corn, and tomatoes (fresh from the garden!) yum! We are considering having both sets of parents over this coming Friday night since we haven't had them over in a while. We will see if they want to come or not. I hope everyone had a great three-day weekend and has an even better week!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Two weeks down

Today was day 10 of school and I'm grateful to say I am finally finding a groove. I am planning enough but not too much (usually), and the kids are relatively happy. I don't have the slightest idea about what I am going to do when I have to start pulling small groups a couple of times during the day, but I guess I will have to figure that out! It will be interesting, especially at first. I don't have a choice, though, and the kids are worth me figuring it out.

There is such an interesting dynamic at my school. There are so many people with so much experience, and then there is me. There is another teacher who has been there since October of last year, so she is relatively new, but she has almost a whole year under her belt. It is really nice having another young teacher to commiserate with. There is another young-ish teacher who has helped me out a lot, although I think she has taught for several years. I'm just so glad that everyone is so helpful!

I know that wasn't much of an update, but I haven't blogged for a while so that is what you get. Hopefully something more interesting will happen in the next few days so I can blog about that. Take care!