Thursday, October 28, 2010

Beating Heart

There is a baby growing inside of me!! I mean, I knew there was, but now I have heard proof that there is actually life! It was so amazing to hear that sound yesterday, and it just made it completely real. Ok, maybe not completely real, but definitely more real than just a positive pregnancy test. I have my next appointment on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, then we get to have our ultrasound (to find out the gender and see the baby for the first time) on the Wednesday before Christmas. That is going to make for some interesting holiday-time conversations! I know our families are so excited, though, and that just makes it all the more enjoyable. I love my baby so much, and it is going to be +/- 30 weeks before I can even meet him/her!

On a slightly different note, it seems like EVERYONE is pregnant right now. I have three college friends, two childhood friends, and two coworkers that are all expecting right now. It is crazy! I used to feel really jealous of those people because I want to be a mother so bad, but now I get to join them! It is exciting and I'm looking forward to sharing my experiences with these people.

And, on a completely different note, we have officially started our livingroom remodel. Our front porch is gone (they are going to repour the porch concrete and make a pretty roof over the porch to make our house not so rectangular), and our back porch is gone. We are adding on about 300 sq.ft., including a fireplace. I'm so excited about it because it will finally feel like a home, rather than a college house that is long and straight, like we are just living here for now but will move when the opportunity arises. This way, when the work is done, it will be the house we have made our own, and we won't want to move right away, because it is just like we want it. I hope the financial commitment is worth it, but from what I keep hearing it will be completely worth it. I'm excited and it is cool seeing the progress that the crew makes every day while we are at work. I'm thankful we are able to afford to do this and to make this house a home we can grow as a family in. God is good!

Sunday, October 10, 2010


Ok, so I know it is a little early to be thinking about names, but I can't help myself. I read through an entire baby name book and found approx 20 names that I like. Even though I think I am going to have a girl, I actually found more boy names than girl names that I liked. Fortunately we have a while to decide... about 30 weeks, because Jason and I have a hard time agreeing on these things. We are going to keep talking about it and hopefully narrow it down a little, because I'd like to know at least what his opinion is about the subject. I think we have talked about it a grand total of one time, and we can to a pseudo agreement, but nothing concrete. Luckily, we both know what we DON'T like, so that makes it a little bit easier. Now, if I could just get him to talk about nursery themes with me...

We will find out the sex of the baby hopefully the week before Christmas. That will be my 20th week, and supposedly that is when I get to have my ultrasound. I should probably make that appointment earlier than they suggest, so I make sure I can get in that week. Thankfully I won't be in school for that week, so that gives me quite a bit of flexibility. We shall see.

Another thing I hope to happen before Christmas is our house remodel to be completed. We are going to add on to our livingroom and add a front porch. The front is mostly just to break up the straight line that is our roof, but it will extend the porch a tiny bit, so that will be nice. And it might pave the way for us to add some room to the front to make a dining area. The living room addition is to help our house feel less like a straight line and more like defined spaces. We are going to add a back porch area (patio), a fireplace, and a couple of windows. It will make our livingroom about 300sq.ft. bigger, so it is going to be really nice. Hopefully the cost is worth it, though, because goodness is it going to be expensive. Thankfully we have family that can help us out while we get our financing figured out, so we can get it started before that.

Life is so full of happenings right now that I sometimes have a hard time keeping track of them! Hopefully I don't get lost in the shuffle. Have a blessed day!

Friday, October 8, 2010

ah, the life of a teacher

So, this is going to be less about pregnancy and more about my life right now.

I had a very stressful week. My kids were crazy, some of my teaching resources were taken away to be "reaccounted for" and those happen to be the only thing I have for teaching that particular thing. I have to do the benchmark test on all my students in reading right now, and if they don't "pass" at one level I have to retest them at different levels until they do. I never have all of my students in the room at the same time, so coming up with times to do class talks or rewards is incredibly difficult. Not only that, but my classroom opened up yesterday and the school is still trying to figure out a way to get us (3 other teachers and me) a day or two next week to work on our classes, but right now there is a lot of disagreement. I understand both sides, but it sure would be nice to have some help at least a little next week. Some parents are going to come help over the weekend (I hope) so that should ease the burden a little. I'm just trying to figure out how the most efficient way to organize everything is so that the kids have the least amount of disruption and the most gets done in the new room before the kids start in there the following Monday. Ah, the may hats that a teacher has to wear- organizer, holder of knowledge, politician, beggar, planner, mover, decorator, mom/aunty, caregiver, and disciplinarian. It is not an easy job. And for anyone who think it is, they should try it for a day. In fact, they can come to my class and I will help them, and they can still see what it is like just for one day. It is the most rewarding (paid) job in the entire world and I love it, but sometimes I just wish it could be a little easier.

The pregnancy is going well, nothing to report. I'm 9 weeks 5 days today and am getting a massage (because I gotta unwind from this week). Hopefully that won't be a big deal, but I'm assuming they would have said something to me when I booked if it was, since I was upfront about that information. Hope everyone has a blessed day!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

school and happenings

I am, in fact, sitting at school right now, trying to figure out something to make my stomach feel better. It has been an interesting week or so because I haven't really felt sick at all, but last night was horrible, though still no throwing up. This morning is no better and now I have intestinal pains (gas bubble?) that I'm trying to remedy before my students come in 45 minutes. Thankfully today is the last day of this week because we have "fall break" tomorrow. One day off, but that means I get to sleep in, so I will take it. Tomorrow is busy because I am going to have a massage, take Abby to the vet for some shots, visit my husband's cousin who has a book for me, and we are going to the Special Shapes Glow-deo at the Balloon Fiesta. Hopefully I am feeling better tomorrow!

In other news, the architect and school inspectors are coming to check out my newly renovated classroom today! That means I get to start moving in this afternoon! A lot of good that does me since I can start class in there until the 18th, but at least I can start putting up some posters and things so I won't have to do that in a week or so. The movers for the furniture aren't coming until the 15th, so I can't move any furniture until then. Hopefully I will have a lot of help next weekend from family and students' parents so I can knock it out in one day rather than having to come on Saturday and Sunday next weekend. Unfortunately, we are going on a field trip on Friday afternoon, so I won't be able to do anything then. I'm sure it will work out and I'm super excited to finally get to be in the building with everyone else!

I'll keep everyone updated if anything interesting happens with the baby, but hopefully it will be pretty uneventful and then I will get to hear the baby's heart beat at my next appointment which is on October 27. So far!! But I can do it. Thankfully my job keeps me so busy that time usually flies by. Have a blessed day!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Appointment Update

I guess in this case no news is good news, right? All the doctor did was go over our medical history and remind me how "healthy" I am. This is a really good thing for baby (who Jason has started calling "our squishy" like from Finding Nemo) but not so much for me because I really wanted to see him/her. I get to wait until the regular ultrasound at 20 weeks for that. This is going to be right around Christmas so it is going to be a great Christmas present. She confirmed my due date at May 8, which happens to be mother's day. And it was pointed out to me that we told our parents we were pregnant on grandparent's day... we didn't even plan that! I thought that was kinda cool though. So yeah, that is the update. She did a pelvic exam and tells me, "your uterus points backward, did you know that?" Me: "No, what does that mean?" Her: "Oh nothing, it's relatively common. It just means you are going to have more backaches." Me: "Great!"

So that was it. It was about as uneventful as it could have been. I peed in a cup and got some blood drawn. I felt bad that I drug Jason with me because it ended up being so boring. Oh well, I think next time we get to hear the heartbeat, so that would be cool. I like my midwife and will probably stay with her for the duration of my pregnancy, unless something unexpected happens.

Other than that I have been feeling pretty good. I have backaches now, like she predicted, and my hips are really starting to bother me, especially today. That could be because I spent the morning pulling weeds, though. My nausea is going away and I haven't felt sick for a few days now. I'm still exhausted most of the time, but I'm hoping that will get better here in the next couple of weeks. It is supposed to anyway. We shall see. Thanks for all the prayers!