Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What day is it?

Sunday? Monday? Tuesday? Wednesday? Who knows anymore!!!

Last week my doctor put me on bed rest. I have early signs of preeclampsia and unknown to me, until I was on a fetal monitor, am having contractions every 10-20 minutes. Being only 35 weeks, this baby needs to stay in for a few weeks longer!

In order to keep this baby cooking I have to lay on my left side 45 minutes out of every hour. Which means I've been home watching tv, blog stalking, reading, sleeping, and relaxing.  Daddy-to-be gave me this... Is he crazy!?! I've been trying not to take advantage of it! He was been WONDERFUL: making dinner, getting lots of glasses of water, picking up the house, and taking care of everything without complaints.

I guess we don't have to worry about this anymore because I didn't get to go back to work after winter break.

My kiddies came back to their sub. I'm sure they were surprised! But I know they are going to LOVE her, because I do! She was Sister 2's student teacher back in the fall. She is absolutley amazing so I know I have NOTHING to worry about.

Thankfully, I got started preparing for my leave in January... who knew I'd be off 5 weeks early!?! Usually I'm a procrastinator but luckily this time I was prepared. Because I'm a tad of a control freak I made her a Maternity Leave Handbook. Check it out...

I included a narrative of just about everything I could think of! I didn't want her feeling overwhelmed or lost. I don't know if you remember being a sub but the most annoying thing I heard was... "That's not how Mrs. ABC does it!" So to save her from that it's a step by step guide of our day. I talked to her yesterday and she said this handbook has been a life saver! I'm so thankful she is finding it useful.

I also made her a survival basket. I saw this idea on Pinterest and just had to put something together for her. I appreciate all the work she's doing in my classroom.  I know my students are in good hands...

So for the next few weeks I'll be having lots of doctor's appointments and tests to monitor the condition and the health of the baby. We'll be using this sooner than we thought! I can't wait to meet our little baby!

Well... I have to get back to my left side! See ya soon.
-Sister 3-

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Winter Break... Already!

It seems like I've hardly been to work this year and now we are on a week long winter break. I mean, I'm not complaining especially since this momma-to-be's feet are aching and swollen. It's nice to have the time to put them up and relax a bit.

Baby Showers Galore!!

Last week my wonderful teaching partners threw us a beautiful shower!  They had a baby animal theme which was just perfect because our baby's nursery is all animal prints. They had it at school in our media center so my whole work family was able to attend. I am blow away by their generosity and thoughtfulness. We indulged in some snacks and a yummy cake!  We got our stroller, a Target gift card, and a cute diaper cake.

My class also threw us a shower. My amazing room mom organized it all. She got a diaper bag and asked all the students to bring a book to fill it. My home children's library is off to a great start! My class was so excited to share their book with me.  They are looking forward to finding out if it's a boy or a girl and to be able to meet him/her. They are so excited!

Yesterday we had our family shower. It was at a beautiful hotel not to far from our house. My mom and grandma did such an amazing job planning and decorating everything. They had a winter theme, "Baby It's Cold Outside." Needless to say, the weather did not disappoint, it snowed all morning and afternoon.  We were showered with love from our family and closest friend. It was absolutely perfect, more than we could have ever asked for!

The weather here has been awfully frigid. We've gotten about 4 more inches of snow on top of the foot we already had. Tomorrow the weather is calling for a snow-sleet mix. So we figured... let's make the most of these cold, snowy days and create a snowman pack! So here is "A Frosty Day!"  All the activities in this pack are related to snowmen. We literally just put the finishing touches on it and will be using it next week Friday! We are so excited for another themed day!

Well I'm off to put together a bassinet! 5 more weeks until we meet our baby! :)
-Sister 3-