Sunday, September 6, 2009

School time again





















So I suck at updating this. I had unemployment this summer and unexpectedly got a call from a middle school close by and now I'm a middle school teacher. I'm loving it! The schedule is better and the kids behave well. My coworkers have been great so far!
I'm back in graduate school as well. I have 2 classes this semester and 1 next semester. Then my comprehensive exam. I'm hoping that all goes well and I have my degree by May next year.

Ben now no longer needs physical therapy. His head is normal shaped and needs no plastic surgery. He's got 2 teeth and 2 more coming in. He's now 28 inches long and 21 lbs. He's in the 90th percentile in both categories. So I have a big boy. He's already in 12 month clothes and size 2 diapers. He's starting to stand by himself for a few seconds when we prop him up against something. I don't think he's going to crawl. He's done it once or twice when trying to get comfortable to sleep, but other than that nothing. He would rather walk. If we hold on to him, he'll walk all over the house. He went to his first fair this week. He enjoyed himself. Everyone was oohing and aahing over him. I guess I have a cute baby. :) That and he's really animated. He loves laughing and smiling.

It's late and I'm tired. I'll post a few pictures and hopefully, it's not so long in between posts next time.

Friday, June 12, 2009

What a difference a week makes... or two

Ben stuff- Plastic surgeon says no helmet. There is a scale from 1-6 of plagiocephaly. Ben is a 1. We just need to do everything we can to get him to sit up and strengthen his neck muscles. He thought that this happened because Ben was so low for so long before he was born. Drew and I can already tell a BIG difference. He is going back at the end of August to make sure it still looks good before his skull completely fuses, which he thinks will happen early because Ben has a small soft spot. Physical therapy has been scaled back to once a month with us continuing to do stretches, tummy time, and other excercises at home.
Job- I had seen 2, but neither of them panned out. Next week I'm going to apply for unemployment. I have heard that I can get 80% of what I was making or work part time and get benefits longer. Either way, I think it will be a good thing. After some prayer, I really feel that God is leading me away from the classroom for a while and towards something more Christian ministry based. I don't know what to expect, but I'm excited about whatever he has in store for me. I know it will be great.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

How life changes...

Ben has had his first couple physical therapy appointments. They have gone well. The physical therapists seem to think he is an easy case. We'll see the plastic surgeon next week. We're really hoping he doesn't need a helmet.
School is almost out and so I have been pretty busy getting in all those final grades and checking attendance, etc.
The big news around here is that yesterday I found out that my contract has not been renewed because of budget cuts. The state of North Carolina is coming up 1 billion dollars short on our budget and at the moment they seem to think massive cuts in the education budget is the answer. Not to mention there is also a hiring freeze. I contend that forcing districts to fire teachers will only over crowd the classrooms and make the situation worse in the future because our children won't have the kind of education necessary to make educated choices about our future. Of course they didn't ask me. I was a little scared at first, but there are a couple translation jobs that I'm going to look into. I think we'll be fine. Mostly I'm sad to have to leave because I really liked that job, my colleagues, and the students. I'm worried for my colleagues and the students and the school system in general. I don't know how long the state will keep them operating this way. It really just short changes the kids. It's already hard enough to be a kid these days and now school is going to get even more difficult. The whole thing is sad. There are also a few private schools around here that I'm going to apply to. I'm sure God has something planned and I'm just believing Jeremiah 29:11. While I don't know what his plan is I do believe it is good. I am hoping it involves teaching and maybe even getting back to HHS at some point. If not, I'm sure I'll learn to love whatever else I may do. I just never imagined myself as much else besides a teacher. I guess that's why God's in charge. He can see as many different things. Keep my family and the education system here in your prayers. Thanks!

It's amazing how much one smile from Ben changes things. While it's scary to be out of a job with a three month old, I know God will provide and part of that provision is Ben smiling. Praise God!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Almost 3 months






It's hard to believe that it's been almost 3 months since I gave birth. It seems like Ben has been here forever. The last couple weeks he's gone down to just one late night feeding and some nights no late night feedings. He's been spitting up a little more, but he's farting less and his reflux seems better.
A couple weeks ago we took him to the doctor and he has tortacollis (weak neck muscles) and plagiocephaly (flat spot). Tuesday he has his first physical therapy appointment. June 4th he has an appointment with the plastic surgeon. We are already seeing a significant difference in his range of motion and the shape of his head. We're hopeful that he won't need a helmet, but if he does we're okay with that too.
This week he's really started to push himself up with his legs. He's loving those exercises.
He's starting eating a little bit of applesauce and this week he started on bananas. He eats and eats and eats. The applesauce and bananas have been a big hit and he's finally starting to get full for a while. He's growing up so fast! He's at about 16 pounds now. I think he's finally started to slow down with pounds, but this week he's looked a little longer.
A couple Sundays ago we had him dedicated at church. I've included the youtube link to that and some photos. He did wonderful. It was a special ceremony. Last weekend was my first Mother's Day. We had a cookout with Diane, my mother-in-law, and Alex, my brother-in-law. It was great. We got some good photos, but we don't have them loaded yet.
He's also started laughing this week and smiling a lot. I've included a the youtube link to that as well.
He still doesn't sleep much during the day, but he goes to bed really well at night. So we'll take that.
I still have like 3 and half weeks of school left and a few days of workdays. The students are all going nuts, so it's good that Ben is settling down here at home.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOH9RJ4RtMQ Laughing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gD7AgamoW1Y Dedication

Saturday, April 25, 2009

So it's been a while




































Life is finally settling into a routine, so maybe I can post a little more regularly now. Ben had his month shots earlier this week. I wasn't there and Drew said that was a good thing. Drew also said that Ben settled down just as soon as he picked him up again, so I would say that means he did good. I was reading the paperwork we got with his 2 month visit and it said something about most babies giving up a late night feeding. Ha! Not Ben. He eats at about 10 pm and then again at 1:30 and usually at 4:30. I think at least one of those qualifies as a late night feeding. He likes to eat! He's normally pretty good about going back to sleep quickly. This week was the exception of course. He got up and stayed up after his 4/4:30 feeding Thursday and Friday this week. Of course he started to doze back off at like 5:45 or 6 when it was time for me to get up anyway. So I had a long couple day. Last night after his 1:30 feeding he didn't go down easy either. It took me about an hour and 15 minutes to get him to go back to sleep. But I think he slept until 7 after that, so that was good. He's sleeping in his swing now. That's about the only place we can get him to nap. He's not gone down for naps very easily this week either.

Breastfeeding is going well. It took a few weeks, but I think I've got it down now. I really do enjoy it. If you would have asked me about a month or so ago, I wouldn't have said that.

A few other things, he started rolling from his tummy to his back at week 6. So much for tummy time. He loves Shushybye and Tech the tractor on BabyFirst TV. He LOVES music and people singing to him. Drew told me that yesterday he was tapping his fingers on his bottle to the piano music that was on in the background. Last night he was bopping his head to the music on TV. Maybe he'll be a musician. If so, he definitely didn't get it from me! I've started drinking soy milk instead of regular milk and it seems to be helping his gas and his reflux. He's also on medicine. So between the two, that's really under control.

I was thinking of a few other things that I wanted to post, but as soon as I think of them, they go away. I'm not sure if that's just a part of motherhood or I'm just that tired. I'll post more if I think of what I wanted to say.

OH! He got easter pictures at Sears and at Fletcher's in Fairfield. He did great at Fletcher's, except for not looking at the camera. He wasn't too happy at Sears, but we got good pictures. He's really photogenic!

One more thing, he's already in mostly 3-6 month clothes now. He's really growing. 14 lbs. 7 oz. and 23 inches long. He's got so many great clothes it's hard to dress him every day. :)


Sunday, March 1, 2009

First week












A few notes:

1. I don't remember the contractions. I remember pushing, but not the contractions.
2. Abraham Lincoln has taken on a special significance after watching 3 hours of Lincoln stuff in the middle of the night last Friday on the History Channel.
3. Last Sunday may have been the hardest day of my life. The giving birth part wasn't half as hard as the taking him home the first night.
4. Feeding is still hard to do so far. There are so many factors that go into each one and make each time a little different. I'm hoping it gets a little easier as time goes on.
5. He had his first growth spurt today and I feel like I haven't done anything, but feed him. The good news is that today is almost over.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Nearly 41 weeks

I saw the doctor today and I'm still at around 2 cm. dialated and 80% effaced. I was hoping they would induce my tomorrow, but he said they wanted to wait until I was at least 41 full weeks, which is Friday. So if Ben has not made his appearance by Friday at 5, then I'm going to go to the hospital and they will give me some medicine that helps to ripen the cervix. Then Sat. they will give me medicine to induce labor. So a little more waiting, but I'll end up in a good spot in my classes and it will be easier for the sub to come in and start something new with the students and to know the specific date that she'll be needed. I suppose God knows what he's doing even if I'm impatient to get on with it. :)

Friday, February 13, 2009

Still Waiting

Today is Ben's due date, but I'm not sure I'm much closer to delivering. I think I've had a couple real contractions today. I clearly felt the tightening and it lasted for like 45 sec. to a min. maybe. Of course the two were 6 hours apart and I haven't felt any more since then. On Wed. the doctor didn't give me numbers, but he basically said he wouldn't if there wasn't anything to tell. He did say that Ben wasn't engaged yet. I think that contradicts what the previous doctor said, but either way nothing much was happening either week. This week he did say he didn't think I would make my next appointment. I guess we're hoping for a Valentine's baby now.
So hopefully next time I'm on here I'll be posting pictures and news about our beautiful baby boy.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

39 weeks

I went to the doctor on Thursday and things have been progressing a little. On Thursday, I was 1 and half centimeters dilated, 50% effaced, and Ben was in a -3 position. If I remember right, the -3 position means that he's entering the birth canal, but he's still up there a ways. She also noticed that I had a little bit of a yeast infection.
Yesterday was a pretty interesting day. I lost more of my mucus plug and I have been losing more bit by bit the last several times I've used the restroom. It also seems that I have a blood blister as well. So between that and the mucus plug and the yeast infection, I've got a lot going on and Ben is still tucked inside. I had to call the nurses at the Birthing Center last night about the blood blister, just to be sure it wasn't anything more serious. While on hold, I realized that pregnancy causes you to lose inhibitions about discussing bodily functions. Seeing the different doctors and nurses at the practice that I am attending and then talking with the nurse last night really make it necessary to just open up and tell them everything. I have become much more comfortable telling people everything that's going on. Not just anyone, but those that need to know. I didn't know I would become that comfortable talking to people. Pregnancy brings lots of changes, but this is one that I didn't really see coming. This is all probably more information than you all wanted to know, but as I said pregnancy can cause a loss of inhibitions when discussing health concerns.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

1/2 a centimeter

I went to the doctor on Friday and I am half a centimeter dialated. I didn't expect it to be a high number, but I was hoping for a little bigger than that. Since then, I have felt some more contractions. Braxton-Hicks contractions I'm sure because they are not in any regular pattern. So we're just sitting around waiting for Ben to show up. I am still working because if I wasn't I would probably go crazy sitting at home and waiting. Mornings are the hardest, but I have first period planning, so I have time to relax before I need to get teaching. Speaking of relaxing, I think I'm going to go do that.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

2 and half weeks

So far this week I think I have had at leas 5 people tell me they didn't think I was going to make my due date. I guess I look very pregnant. I personally think he'll probably be stubborn and stay in there another 3 or 4 weeks. ;)

The new semester has started and it's okay. Some of my classes are really immature and getting on my nerves. They just constantly pick at each other, tattle, call each other names, talk out of turn. There is a reason I am not a kindergarten teacher. At this point I feel like I am though. Grrr... Maybe they aren't as bad as I think. Maybe it's just because I'm nine months pregnant.

I have another appointment on Friday. They should tell me something then. They're going to be checking to see if I'm dialated or effaced. I'm not sure what news I'm hoping for. I should expect them to tell me I have another couple weeks, which wouldn't be bad. It would give me some more time with my classes and hopefully get them settled before the sub takes over. However, there is a part of me that thinks it would be great to get this over with. I'm ready to meet him and I'm ready to not be so tired, to not have heartburn all the time, to not be sore after sitting for 'too long', etc. I'm praying for the ability to wait on God's timing. I can't say that I'm praying for patience. That's a dangerous prayer, especially with a little one on the way! :)

So overall, nothing new to report. He's still moving around in there. I think I'm having some contractions irregularly. They aren't hurting and there is no pattern to them, so they don't really mean much. Hopefully I'll have some news for you all on Friday.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Things are moving along

This is my first week back to regular schedule with my classes. I get pretty sore and tired by the end of the day, but I guess that's what happens when you are 9 months pregnant. Thursday i lost my mucus plug, so I know that things are moving into place. The doctor just measured my stomach, listened to his heartbeat, and felt his head. All of that is good. I did find out that not only are most of my internal organs being moved around, but my ribs are also stretching and expanding and in that process one could pull a muscle. That would explain the ribs on my right side have been bothering me so much. I think I pulled a muscle. Once again, I guess that's what happens when you are 9 months pregnant. :) Not much else to report, but I do have some housework to do.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

February?

So I have had 5 people in the last 3 or 4 days tell me they don't think I'll make it until February. Do you think they know something I don't? We'll just have to wait and see.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

35 weeks


So I only have about 5 weeks to go. It's hard to believe that in about a month I'll be giving birth. The last couple months have passed very quickly. He's moving around all the time now. Late afternoon/early evening are his favorite times now. He's just all over the place then.

I've started packing the hospital bag. I think I've packed more for him than anyone else. I think I've packed him at least 2 of everything in case he's bigger or smaller. There's still lots left to pack, but I have a good start.

I'm getting sore and tired a lot easier now. Sitting too long, laying too long, standing too long, it all makes me tired and a little sore. I guess that's to be expected now right. :)

Drew and I went with some friends to a hockey game last week. It was great even though the Blues lost. The 2 and half hour drive wasn't uncomfortable at all. It was pretty funny to see all the people giving me strange looks. I guess they don't see too many 8 month pregnant women in a Blues jersey.

I had a doctor's visit last week. Everything looked good except they told me I shouldn't be gaining much more weight. Actually they asked what I was going to do to about my weight. I'm at the top end of what is considered 'normal', so I expected to hear something. I guess my New Years Resolution of getting back on the treadmill and getting back to healthier eating was a good idea. I have been pretty good this week too. I've been on the treadmill a couple times. I've only had a piece of candy or two. I've also been trying to eat less and stop when I'm full. Hopefully, it'll show at my next appointment on the 16th.

I have a breast feeding class Monday that I'm looking forward to. I've got lots of questions, so I can't wait to get them answered. Next Saturday Drew and I have a Positive Parenting class. Contrary to the name it isn't a class that just tells you to love him and not hurt him. It's actually about newborn care, what's normal, what isn't, etc. I'm looking forward to that one too. I have to say I'm really not worried about too much at this point. Labor doesn't really scare me. I figure women have done it for thousands of years with less knowledge about how our bodies work than what we have now. I'm sure it'll hurt for a few or several hours, but it's really a small amount of time in the grand scheme of things. I am a little worried about those first few weeks. Things like cleaning his cord, cleaning his circumcision wound, getting the hang of breastfeeding, creating a new schedule, etc. are the things I'm stressing about a little. I'm really glad I have 6 weeks of maternity leave to get all that sorted out.

Speaking of maternity leave, I have had several people at school comment on how big I'm getting, when the baby is due, and when I'll start taking maternity leave. One of my teacher friends said she had forgotten exactly when I was due and when she saw me at the faculty meeting she was wondering if "we might have an incident" at this meeting. I guess I look like I'm ready to have a baby. :) I think I'm known as the pregnant teacher to most of the students and several of the faculty. I wonder how they'll know me after Ben is born? I guess they'll have to learn my name. ;)

I don't have anything else to share with you all, so I'll try to post again after my next appointment. Let you all know what he has to say.