Two weeks ago yesterday we welcomed our little bundle of joy into the world. Today, being his official due date, seemed like a good day to celebrate all we have gone through in the past couple of weeks. It was most defiantly a world wind.
A few things have happened, our house sold, we have gone through many stages of sleep depravation, my hubby turned a year older, we have had our first outing to someone’s house, and our dog has stolen his first baby toy. I can’t imagine what the next few weeks will bring, hopefully a little more sleep and a few less hormonal trips, lol, especially for my husband’s sake.
Here is the last pregnant picture, taken a few hours before we went to the hospital.
Two weeks ago yesterday we welcomed our little bundle of joy into the world. Today, being his official due date, seemed like a good day to celebrate all we have gone through in the past couple of weeks. It was most defiantly a world wind.
I can’t believe in a little over a month our little one should be here! In so many ways I am ready to meet Max. I know we still have time to prepare, which is great because we need to pick a pediatrician and have a few more things set before I take leave for both the school and church. It has honestly been a crazy ride, especially over the past month. Here are somethings I have learned that people may or may not tell you.
1. It never fails, people will tell you how big or little you are, and it will change from person to person.
2. Doctors usually assume, even if you have never been through this before, that you know exactly what to do when. If you don’t know, ask. Don’t take for granted that they will know you need to preregister with the hospital because you have never been there, or that they will tell you about the birthing class… ask. For example, we are scheduled for the class a few weeks before he is due because we didn’t ask sooner.
3. Ask at work about what you are expected to prepare before you leave. If you assume, you may do too much or too little. I was stressing myself out over the break thinking I had to do so much prep before going on leave, but when I talked to my boss, it was not nearly as much work as I was putting on myself.
4. People will either tell you much more than you ever wanted to know about when they gave birth, or they will leave out things that seem important to know about. For example, what do you really need in that hospital bag… ask close friends, especially ones who used the same hospital. This may also be covered in the birthing class, but since we haven’t been yet, I honestly don’t know, lol.
5. Feeling your baby move is wonderful, yes, but it can also be painful. Ribs kicked, elbows and knees moving around, and “other places” being jabbed, kicked, or whatever else he or she is doing can be very painful. Don’t expect that the belly will look the same all the time, since, in our case, there is a little ninja in there trying to get comfortable. And different from the movies, you will not only be able to feel the movements, you can very clearly see them the further along you are. I guess that is too difficult for movie magic, lol.
6. Remember, everyone knows someone with a horror story when it comes to birth. I know several personally, however, you have to take it with a grain of salt. Weather it is someone who had a massive baby, preemie, lost a child, tore, the epidural didn’t work, or had other complications, it doesn’t mean it will happen to you. If it does, there is no use to worry about it before hand, because all you are doing is causing yourself anxiety which is not good for you or the baby. Ultimately what I have learned from many people, is that nothing will go as I have planned, but God is in control so it is ok.
Thankfully, I have had some amazing and honest friends who have been willing to share any information they have. While every body is different, it is nice to have a friend who has gone through what you are to ask questions. If you are like me, you aren’t quiet sure what questions to ask, especially early on. “Is this normal?” is one I felt like I kept asking. Also ask about what you may need for yourself as well as products they recommend or couldn’t live without for their kids. With all the books, websites, and advertisements out there it is hard to wade through all the info to get to the good stuff, ask around. More often than not, your friends will tell you the truth, while books, websites, and advertisements have other motives or have been paid to share their opinions.
Hopefully this helps someone out there. I’ve been told you forget a lot of the uncomfortable symptoms of pregnancy after giving birth, so I wanted to go ahead and post some of these things just in case I forgot. I’ll let you know how much I forget afterwards, if I remember to… lol.
2 a.m., awake, unable to go back to sleep, is the perfect time to update the neglected blog.
I can hardly believe how quickly time has flown by since we moved back in July. I am currently 32 weeks pregnant, Christmas is in less than a week, and half of the school year is almost over. Kids @ the Square has been up and running for five months… that, I think is the hardest to believe. I think what has made time fly so quickly is how busy we have been. Free time is a thing of the past, but honestly, Joe and I have both commented on how we feel more at home and connected here than when we were in Jackson with more free time.
We are trying to prepare for our active bundle of joy joining us soon. We are having a little boy, and if he stays put until his due date, he will be a Mardi Gras baby for our first year on the coast as a family. According to his 4D ultrasound, he looks just like his dad. We are super excited, however, with anywhere between 6 and 10 weeks to go (buffer of two weeks either side) there is still SO much to do! I have no clue how maternity leave works as a teacher except I really need to get everything prepared for the two months (give or take) that I am out. On top of that, I need to prepare someone to “be me” for set up and Sunday for at least a few weeks, as Joe and I are going to rotate time away from the church on Sundays until Max is old enough to go into the baby class. Not to mention, we are slowly accumulating things we need for his nursery, but will probably still be scrambling up until I go into labor. I know I should be thankful that I still have this time to prepare, as countless friends of mine have been on bed rest at this point and forced to take maternity leave early or quit their jobs. I also, thankfully have a week and a half off for Christmas that I can use to help prepare, and since sleep alludes me maybe I’ll get more done.
As this is my first time being pregnant, it is convenient, in some ways, that I have been so textbook. All this time God has helped keep my mind at ease, with the exception of two scares. Even then, my doctor didn’t seem overly concerned, and gave me something to help. So here I am, not quiet nesting in the traditional way, but instead trying to prepare my classroom and the children’s ministry. Once that is done, maybe the cleaning with kick in, at least I know Joe is hoping for that.
Life has changed so much in the past six months, and soon life is going to change again. Please continue to pray for us. Our house has yet to sell, and we are in the process of listing it again with a new realtor (once we find a new one). Our church has recently begun to rent a building, and we are in the process of preparing plans and a plan to move forward. Joe and I are busy but gladly juggling two jobs each, but again, as new parents, we have no clue how crazy life will be in a few weeks. Joe has been extremely patience with me, my mood swings, and my lack of motivation when it comes to house work. Pray that things go smoothly so I can take the load off of him more quickly. Please pray our house sells quickly as soon as we list it again. Please pray for our church in this exciting new time of moving into a more permanent location. And above all else, please pray that God would be glorified in all we do. We don’t know why things have fallen through, but we know God has a plan to make himself known through our lives, so we trust him.
Good morning. I wanted to update the severely neglected blog before we move, and seeing that it is only two days away, what time is better than right now. Because everything is moving so fast (we only knew a week ago what day we would be moving) it has been hard to keep people up to date. So here is the story of how God has shown us that our “long term” plans where not what he wanted for us.
About a year and a half ago we went through a journey with out church called Outlive Your Life. Our church called us to grow, go and give. I think I may have even posted about it at the time. I left my job and took a teacher’s assistant job in “the largest district in the state” on faith because God had not provided a teaching job. Shortly after, my husband left Apple and began to telecommute on a year long contract with a company for the VA. For the first time since New Orleans, my husband had a “normal” schedule. At the end of the school year I was offered a 1st grade teaching position at the school where I was an assistant. Did I mention that was a God thing? I am not truly licensed for first grade, but the district I was in allowed teachers with my type license to teach first grade.
Shortly after I was offered the position, we began our house search. We found a house in a great area, and moved in a few weeks before school started. Everything about moving was God, which seems strange because of the situation we are in right now, but more on that later. So here we are, I’m beginning my first year of teaching, we have a new house, I am finishing up my masters degree, and my husband is beginning seminary again while working a full time job. To say time was tight and life was a bit stressful was an understatement. We loved the quiet neighborhood we lived in and loved having our own space especially after some horror stories from the apartment we were in. Life was crazy but good.
About that time God challenged us through a story Joe heard through one of his mission classes. The story is really only a couple verses in the Bible, but it spoke to him. Gen 11:27-32 Abraham’s father began a journey with his family towards Canaan (you know the promised land), but stopped in Harran and settled there. We were challenged to be careful of settling some place and missing out on what God had promised. Within a couple months we were approached about joining in on a church plant happening on the MS coast. Because we were on guard more so than when we had been approached earlier, this is really the time we started pray about it being an option. I was finishing up grad school, and Joe’s contract was about to run out. They needed both of us, Joe would be working with community, missions, small group, and what ever else was needed, and I would be working with the children’s ministry. While we continued to pray and Joe’s contract ran out, we prayed he would get a job that would allow us to be a part of the church, if that was what God wanted. The day I graduated, Joe was offered a job with another telecommuting company. It took about a week for it to set in that this was the push to go.
At this point, I had began to plan for the next school year, how my classroom would look and run better with my experience. I had not began to fill out applications. I had not even thought much about of the job hunt process for the coast. We put our house on the market the week before school let out, I declined my contract, and I began to fill out applications for schools on the coast knowing I was extremely late in the game. The last week of school, I felt like all I could do was call and see if any schools still had openings. There were a whole bunch of “already filled”s on the list. As I called and sent resumes, one school stuck out. The first time I called, the principal was the person who picked up. If you are a teacher or in the system, you know how that doesn’t normally happen. Silly me didn’t even find out until the end of the conversation! Well, she asked me to send my application, resume, and license to her directly and she would get back with me sometime the next week. When I didn’t hear anything, impatient me, called and left a message. She called back and set up an interview time on a day we could come down. I had set up one other interview on the same day with a private school (as a back up), and we headed to the coast. Normally I am scared out of my wits about interviews, but strangely I was calm and confident for this one. I shouldn’t have been. The position was for seventh or eighth grade Language Arts, after I had just spent a year teaching first grade and three years teaching preschool! Did I mention it was a panel interview with six people and that when I get nervous I make off the wall comments that don’t make sense? Everything about this interview was different. When I left the interview, I was told should hear something that afternoon or the next day. I also met up with the headmaster for a private school in the area and was offered a position with the understanding that if something in the public system was offered I could back out.
When we drove home the next day, I sat on pins and needles until I gave myself the cut off of 3. If I hadn’t heard anything by that point, I was not counting on hearing anything at all. 3:30 is when I got the call. I was offered the middle school position and welcomed to the family/ team. That was it. If there was ever any doubt. We were moving. Joe started researching apartments, and we continued to keep our house ready to show at a moment’s notice.
Last week we took time to go down to the coast for a half vacation, half get things ready trip. We had a great time meeting with friends and family, but we also had business to do. Tuesday we drove over to my school hoping to get some resources for school and scout out apartments. I had just found out the teacher’s start date the day before was a bit earlier than I had expected and of course began to freak out. My principal put me at ease but asked that we be down a week earlier so I could meet with my team. Joe, being the smart kid he is, asked about apartments in the area since we weren’t having much luck, and she pointed us in the right direction with places to avoid and safer places. Don’t get me wrong, the area is safe, she just has some inside information about complexes that we would never have known. She even set up a meeting with an apartment for us. After that meeting, we kept driving and saw what looked like nice apartments, checked with her, and found out she hadn’t heard anything bad about them. Joe researched while we drove a bit more, and we ended up going back to meet with someone. Believe it or not they had several openings, and some were even immediately. We went back to my parents house after a few more stops and crunched numbers. The next day was the Fourth of July (our vacation day) so we went to the beach. Thursday we had already planned on going back over to meet with the family minister in a church plant that was more established so I could get a better feel for what I was getting myself into. We went over early and met with the apartment complex manager, planned when we would be able to move in, and signed our paper work. We had a little over a week before our move in date, and things started to come together quickly. Joe was able to set up all the utilities, and while we were down we were even able to find furniture that would fit the space (and serve more than one purpose). We came home Sunday put things up for sale on facebook the next day, and before we knew it stuff started to disappear. Did I mention we are going to be in a third floor apartment, and that it has been a huge blessing that we won’t have to worry about moving some of these things?
That brings us to the present. Our house still hasn’t sold, but we are trusting God will continue to provide for our needs like he already has. We are meeting with people, saying our “see you later”s this week, and packing. We are down to two days, and it still doesn’t feel real. It has been a crazy couple of weeks, and yet again God has orchestrated it all from the very beginning. He even allowed me to gain experience this past year with an age/grade I shouldn’t have been able to teach, and I may never teach again. I don’t think that was haphazard. God knew I needed that experience to be able to relate with elementary kids in ministry and to grow me as a teacher with challenges I had in the classroom. I think the most ironic thing about all of this is that last week while we were out of town, our house didn’t show once, but this week it has shown twice while we are trying to pack. God does have a sense of humor doesn’t he.
Here are a couple ways you can pray for us. Please pray that our house sells in God’s timing, and that he sends someone our way that is willing to pay asking price as we will be losing money once it sells. Pray for our safety Saturday when moving. Also pray that God would put people in our lives to help equip us for the jobs he has for us. We are looking at this move the same way that we would be if we were moving “overseas” on the mission field. Pray that our marriage will be strengthen as we work closely together with each other and the church. Please also pray that God would grow and guide the church to the place he has for us. All in all please pray that God would receive glory from whatever we are doing, whether it be in the church, in our other jobs, or in the relationships we make. We are excited about where God is leading us, and I hope this clears up a bit of the craziness of the quick move.
The end of the school year is almost here. On Friday, I will have a piece of paper that cost a lot of money… Yup that’s right, I’m GRADUATING! It is strange to think that the journey that began a couple years ago is coming to a close, but my job isn’t changing this time. It has been a crazy couple of years, with this year being one of the craziest. Speaking of this year… I have found some amazing women bloggers who have made this year a bit easier when it comes to lesson planning and activities in the classroom. These ladies are super creative, and they plan fun activities to share with their students and the world. The best part, we are all in the same boat because of Common Core! So any other first grade teachers out there who want to learn from the “favorite teachers,” check out these links.
I am also TRYING to take the clutterfree classroom challenge over at
It all has to start somewhere. I guess it should first start with my desk at home… my hubby would appreciate it. As the school year is coming to a close I keep thinking of all the things I should do differently next year. One of those things is be more prepared! So, I am currently working on compiling a Sub folder with extra activities that can be used Friday while I’m out. I have had an amazing assistant this year that can come up with activities on a moment’s notice, but it will be nice to have a resource in the class just encase. Most of the resources I have found for this folder were found at http://subhubonline.blogspot.com/ and the rest were found at clutter free classroom’s TPT store.
If you haven’t checked out Teacher Pay Teachers yet you should. There are tons of great free and low priced printables, power points, and lesson/center ideas. I stumbled across it and many of these websites through pinterest, and I have become hooked.
I hope these sites are helpful. I know they have helped me. Anyway, back to decluttering….
This has been a rough couple of weeks, and today was the breaking and bawling point. No, that was not a typo, I meant bawling. My husband has had a rough couple of weeks as well, but today, this evening, before spending time with wonderful friends and after a really good cry out, he set some rules. We made a no negativity pact. On our double date, we would not vent, and instead we would only bring up what is positive. It is easy to talk about those things that bother us, especially if we are dwelling on them, but in the canyon of a rut I was in, it is hard to think about the good things. What is the old saying? “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”
Do you know what happened? We had a wonderful evening, AND positive ideas and solutions were popping in and out of my head all evening. I know Satan tries to rule our minds and distract us leaving us hopeless. I think one way that he does this in my life is through “venting” or dwelling on things that seem hopeless. I know I have the Hope of someone greater and more faithful than I’ll ever be, so why should I dwell on such things? Instead…
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8
I am pretty sure this is a much better idea. Food for thought.
Wow has this week flown by! We came back from Mobile Monday, and I have no clue how the week got away form me so fast.
I promised that there would be more to this Mobile must stop list, and here it is. This is going to be a mix of chains, local places, and fun activities… I know you may have the chain in your area, but we don’t have it where we live.
The next stop on the list is Atlanta Bread Company. This chain is a bit like Corner Bakery that just moved into our area, but I don’t think I have seen a place with this many soups of the day. There were 6 or 7 on the day I stopped in. If you are sucker for a good bread bowl, check out their “loaf of soup.” Maybe it is because they are a bakery as well, but WOW that bread was a perfect combination of soft on the inside, and flaky and crunchy on the outside. YUM.
On our way back to the house one day we saw the light. You know, the Hot Doughnuts Now light that shares the warm goodness of a fresh Krispy Kreme Doughnut for everyone to see. Two fun facts, one Krispy Kreme started in Mobile, and two my hubby had never had a fresh hot Krispy Kreme. When we saw the light, and my husband divulged number 2, we had to stop!
Growing up in Mobile the warm fresh goodness was common place, but I gladly stopped and enjoyed sharing a couple doughnuts with my hubby. The fun part of this location was the viewing window where you could watch them being made. Here is the glazing process.
We ended up getting a dozen right before dinner, and since we are adults, only ate a half dozen. It was a lot of fun, and if you have kids (or are kids at heart like us) it is worth the stop and fat to see how doughnuts are made. If you need something else to sooth your conscious, it’s educational (and that is coming from a teacher).
Speaking of educational, our next stop is fun and a bit nerdy. The Gulf Coast Exploreum is a hands on science museum in downtown Mobile. They have several local exhibits to enjoy including My Body Works, where you can see the inner workings of the body, and test your own. To the right Joe is demonstrating how much blood is in his body. Check out the massive heart behind him! I think the reason we had so much fun with this is because you are given a card to track all the info you find out, and then it prints out when you turn the card back in.
The traveling exhibit at the time was Australia. So we enjoyed seeing kangaroos and watching an Imax film on the wildlife. We had a blast seeing the kangaroos try to eat pine straw that was surrounding their pin. There are also several other standing exhibits that we enjoyed so much we forgot to take pictures.
There are a few more must stops on the list but I am going to save them for another post, as this one is starting to get a bit long. I guess we did more last week than I thought!
I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year’s Eve. If you have decided on your resolutions, good for you! I’m still trying to decide if I’m going to have any this year… I guess I need to decide soon. We are ringing in the New Year with friends, easy going and fun, as we hope the new year will be.
Q: Are you making resolutions this year? If so what are they?