Saturday, October 30, 2010

21 Weeks

How far along? 21 Weeks, 1 day

Total Weight Gain? 7lbs.

Symptoms? who knows? I think I've forgotten what was like before symptoms.

Stretch Marks? Still just the two.

Sleep? wake up a lot, and the very vivid dreams have returned. Last night, I had a super-detailed dream about working at Bur.ger Since I was thrilled to leave there after my 2+ year stint as a manager, I was not happy dreaming about it.

Best Moment Last Week? See next question

Movement? Yes! It's really started the last couple days. Even Jeff has gotten to feel her twice. She literally kicks me in the boobs every time I lean forward.

Food Cravings? Sugaaaarrrrrrr.

What I miss? Being able to lift heavy stuff myself. I feel like a bum when I have to have someone else do it for me. Being able to slouch.

What I am looking forward to? Feeling her move more. It's amazing.

Milestones? Movement!

How is Daddy? He was so excited to feel her move!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Halfway and Hundred

How far along? 20 Weeks, 1 day

Total Weight Gain? 7lbs.

Symptoms? who knows? I think I've forgotten what was like before symptoms.

Stretch Marks? Still just the two.

Sleep? Wake up a lot, to turn over, but it's ok.

Best Moment Last Week? Getting to tell everyone we're having a girl.

Movement? I think so. It feels like my belly is never still, but there are a couple places where I am consistently having twitches, so I think it's her.

Food Cravings? Major sugar. Cake, preferably.

What I miss? Being able to lift heavy stuff myself. I feel like a bum when I have to have someone else do it for me.

What I am looking forward to? Feeling definite movement!

Milestones? We're halfway!!!!!

How is Daddy? Awesome, as usual. He's still having a hard time calling the baby a "her" or "she" though.

This is my 100th post! I can't believe it. I thought about going back and reading through my 100 posts, but I figure maybe I should just leave it be. I would never have guessed that at 100, I'd be 20 weeks pregnant, so I'll just take that and be grateful.

Some of you asked last week if we had a name for her picked out. We've had names for years! We will be calling our daughter Catherin Vaughn. Catherin (without the "e" on the end) has been in the family since the 1740's. All us girls are named Catherin. And we picked Vaughn cause it sounds really cool with our last name. :) But I plan on calling her Cate.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Please, pardon me.

I need to go on a bit of a rant. My normal red-head temper combined with pregnancy hormones turns out to be a volatile combination.

A few of the fourth grade teachers decided to order lunch today from Domino's. There were only three of us, and we all ordered sandwiches. We've ordered from them a dozen times over the last few years and always use the same online account, since we always order the same thing.

Well, we put our order in at noon. Our lunch and recess hour is from 12:30-1:30. The food finally arrived at 1:21. Somehow, the address we entered online 2 years ago had gotten changed from 4600 to 4200, so they took the food to a house instead of the school. While annoying, this wasn't what made me so angry.

What really pissed me off was the delivery guy, who walked in the office and handed me the receipt without a word. Not even a "Sorry about the confusion" or anything. So I said to him " you know, we ordered this an hour and a half ago". I looked at me and said "It's not my fault. You gave us the wrong address." I told him that I didn't understand how that was possible, since we've been using the same account to order for 2 years, and we've never had a problem before. All he did was shrug and say it wasn't his fault.

I was so angry I was shaking. So, after school, I called his manager to complain about his rudeness. The manager proceeds to tell me "Well, he said you were rude to him first."

Excuse me?

Did I hear that right?

I, the customer, was rude to the delivery guy, so that gives him the right to be rude back? Uhhh, no. I don't think so.

I didn't think I was rude. I was frustrated, and his rudeness definitely did not help that, but I certainly don't think I started out rude.

I told the manager this, and that even if I had been rude, professionalism demands that he should not have been rude back. I worked in fast food and as a server long enough to know that. And I usually go out of my way to be polite. But this just sent me over the edge.

Now I'm debating whether to call the general manager of the store and talk to him about the conduct of both the delivery guy and the manager. And I'm still angry.

And my Rangers just lost.

Anyone drinking tonight? Have one for me please. I could use it.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

19 Weeks! and Giveaway winner!!

These pregnancy hormones are killing me. I'm re-reading (for like, the 12th time) Anne of the Island, an Anne of Green Gables book. I have the thing memorized. I know what's going to happen. And still, I was in tears when she turned down Gilbert's proposal, and am now all bummed out. I might have to spend the day finishing the book so I feel better.

How far along?
19 Weeks, 2 Days

Total Weight Gain? 7lbs.

Symptoms? I had to laugh at myself this week. I sneezed and peed at school. I had to get Jeff to take me to the store and buy a dry pair of undies so I could go to the school Sock Hop. I'm definitely blaming that on the baby.

Stretch Marks? Still just the two.

Sleep? Wake up a lot, to turn over, but it's ok.

Best Moment Last Week? Finding out it's a girl!

Movement? No idea.

Food Cravings? Major sugar. And right now, I'd reallly like chips and salsa.

What I miss? I so wanted a hot dog yesterday. That's not too bad though, since I don't usually eat them anyway.

What I am looking forward to? feeling movement!

Milestones? Gender Scan!

How is Daddy? I think he's a bit overwhelmed. Finding out the gender really made this more real. I think we're both having problems switching from "oh, we're having a generic, faceless, nameless baby" to "Oh, we're having a girl!" That's such a big difference.

And now, the winner of a fabulous Sumo Fortune Cookie, and two lucky fortunes is.......



Rach from Going for It! Congrats girl!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Gender Scan

It's not a kitten....

It's not a puppy...

It's not an orangutan....

It's a....


Sunday, October 10, 2010

A little class

I'll just warn you now that this post is rude, a bit uncaring, and a lot ungrateful. Sorry bout that.

I teach fourth grade. I love teaching fourth grade. It's my last year on probation. (All new teachers have a 3-year probationary period in my district.) I get to take an extra 6 or 7 week vacation this year to meet my baby. I have an awesome team of fourth grade teachers, a pretty cushy school, and administrators who are only crazy most of the time.

I just hate my class.

Well, that's not exactly true. As individuals, I like really really like 19 of my 21 students. One of them I could like if he could drop his attitude, and one I might be able to like if he weren't such a baby. But, as a whole, I really really don't like my class. It puts me in a bad mood just to have to walk in to the roomful of them every morning.

They NEVER stop talking. EVER. It does not matter how many times I ask, how much trouble they get in, or what incentives they get if they do actually stop. They won't shut up. Which is probably a big part of the reason I lost my voice for 3 days last week.

They are helpless. I get asked the same question every day about 10 times. Usually it's which basket to turn work in. Never mind that the baskets are color coded based on subject, and each basket is labeled. And when I tell them to figure it out on their own, they look at me like I just threatened to kill their puppy.

No one in the class can manage to put their names on their papers, or answer all the questions. This drives me batty. They are required to put their names on everything they turn in from Kindergarten on, but it's still a skill that's not there in fourth grade. And it ticks me off.

I'm getting all worked up just thinking about it. I am going to tell you about a couple of individuals though.

First off is B. B is the one with the attitude problem. Nothing is ever his fault. Usually, it's his mom's fault (according to him). We played a game in class on Friday, his team lost. While the rest of the class was telling me how much fun the game was, and could we please do it again, B pipes up and says "I thought it sucked." While listening to music in class (in theory, I have a deal with the kids that as long as they're quiet, we listen to music. If they start talking, we work in silence. You can guess how well this actually works.) The playlist I built of their favorite songs wasn't working, so I was playing a Weird Al playlist. They were talking. (Surprise!) I told them if it didn't stop, we were working in silence. B pipes up again "I'd rather work in silence than listen to this song."

He's a real jewel.

While writing report card comments last week, I realized I had nothing nice to say about T. I still don't. He acts like he's five. He whines, doesn't get along with anyone, and has no personal responsibility. He is constantly telling me "Well, I put it in my folder, but it's not there." Like it magically disappears. Every Friday, without fail, he is sick and wants to go to the nurse during our reading test. Never mind the fact that I've never let him go. Doesn't stop him a bit. And, like a five year old, he constantly (at least twice a day) wants band-aids for non-existent cuts.

I do have some awesome ones though. Like J and A, who are planning to dress up as me for Halloween. I told them they'd have the scariest costumes in the neighborhood. I have Br, M, N, and S, who are all at least a year ahead of the rest of the class in math, and are now excitedly learning pre-algebra from me. I guarantee they'll be teaching me by the end of the year. I have NA, who brings me a bag of chocolate covered pretzels anytime he brings them for himself.

I have good kids. If I could just have them 5 at a time, I think I'd be better, but I am grateful for them. Most of them anyway.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

18 Weeks

How far along? 18 weeks, 1 day.

Total Weight Gain? 5lbs.

Symptoms? So, apparently I can blame my crazy bad fall allergies this year on being pregnant. So yes. Allergies.

Stretch Marks? Still just the two.

Sleep? Pretty good. I'm thinking about one of those giant body pillows, but then where will my teddy bear sleep? :) I have to get up most nights to go to the bathroom, but it's not so bad.

Best Moment Last Week? Hitting 18 weeks. That seems like so much!

Movement? No idea.

Food Cravings? I have a massive sweet tooth. It's strange, because I don't normally eat that much sugar. After being diagnosed with hypo-glycemia (severe low blood sugar) in middle school, I kind of lost my sugar cravings. They're back, with 13 years to make up for!

What I miss? Being able to think clearly. Pregnancy brain is the real deal. I seem to have lost my spelling abilities, which is driving me crazy, because misspelled words are a huge pet peeve of mine. That didn't stop me from writing "wat" instead of "what" on the board the other day. Or "are" instead of "our" in an email.

What I am looking forward to? Monday's Gender scan!! (This baby better cooperate, or he's going to be grounded as soon as he's born! :) )

Milestones? not killing anyone this week. :) Can I leave that from last week. It feels like an accomplishment again! (I had to spell again three times to get it right....and times twice!)

How is Daddy? Other than trying to show my quickly disappearing belly button to the lady at last night, he's great. He ran me a bubble bath on Wednesday night after I complained that my whole body ached. (That's a much bigger job than it seems at our house, since our 13+ year old cat thinks the tub is her own personal poop palace.)

Last chance to enter for a giant Sumo fortune cookie! I will draw a name on Monday! All you have to do is tell me if you think it's a boy or a girl!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

17 Weeks

How far along? 17 weeks, 1 day.

Total Weight Gain? 5lbs.

Symptoms? So, apparently I can blame my crazy bad fall allergies this year on being pregnant. So yes. Allergies.

Stretch Marks? Still just the two.

Sleep? Most nights, I still have to wake up to turn over. And go to the bathroom.

Best Moment Last Week? Hearing the heartbeat at the doctor.

Movement? No idea.

Food Cravings? Nope.

What I miss? Being able to breathe.

What I am looking forward to? Finding out the gender on the 11th!

Milestones? not killing anyone this week. :)

How is Daddy? Sweet. He was especially nice to me this week when my allergies all decided to drain into my lungs, leaving me coughing and hacking and not having a voice for days. He's cool like that.

Since I won't find out what I'm having till next Monday, the giveaway is still going on! You know you want a giant delicious fortune cookie!! MMMMMMM!