Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Last post of 08

We start swim lessons on the 10th. I will post the details, I promise. Christmas was good. There were presents, food and friends. I doubt one needs much more than that. Let's see what 2009 can bring us...

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Aeden 1, Cheerios 1

Aed managed to pick up Cheerios this morning, using a pincer grip, i.e. between his thumb and finger. He also managed to successfully get several in his mouth. We still need to work on our hand to mouth coordination apparently.

3 teeth and counting...

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Christmas Lists

What I want for Aeden (cause he doesn't want anything yet!):
If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
Harold and the Purple Crayon
Where The Wild Things Are
The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish
Little People (mostly for as he gets older, but before he turns 1)

What Aeden Needs:
Pajamas (9-12 months, or just 12 months)
6-12 month socks
Pants 12 month
A Pair of Shoes (sneaker type, preferably... size 3 maybe?)

What Mom Wants:
Wall-E
New Kids On The Block album
The Tales of Beedle the Bard (by JK Rowling)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tooth #1

We have a tooth, which I imagine accounts for the crankiness of the past several days, possibly even weeks. Hopefully we manage a good night of sleep out of this before we start again. And there are... 20?... of these that need to come in. So we only have 19 left...!?!?! Gah!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Ren Faire 08

It was an interesting day. Aed had a good time, I think. He got to see sheep, goats, a cow, a horse and some geese. He was more interested in the big umbrellas that were the animal's shade though. He squealed over the elephant. Basically, the colors were what got him. He seemed amazed at the number of people and was a bit annoyed with the rough terrain. A good day, for sure.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

October

It's already October. It seems like it was just January but here it is 10 months later. My 5 month old is nuts. He's got a killer smile. And he still has blue eyes. I'm thinking that they're staying. Common word seems to be that if they were going to turn darker they would have started to already. But they're still a deep slate blue color. Very pretty. Very Irish. Especially with the blond hair and the pale skin like Mommy. I've been told he still looks like me, despite the differences in hair and eye color. It's cute.

He has an enormous fascination with his feet. He's pretty good at holding them, especially when you're trying to change his diaper. This, obviously, makes changing a diaper fairly tricky but it makes him happy. The simple stuff, I guess.

He can also sit up by himself. Not straight upright, but he holds himself up with his hands and as long as he doesn't try to lean to far to one side he's good. I have a baby who's very interested in his world. He's getting bigger. It's pretty awesome.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Food stuffs

So far, we are fans of sweet potato, peas, prunes, pears and green beans. Carrots, not so much. I'm still trying though, since I find that odd. Next on the list is either banana or peach. Probably the peach though since it took him a couple of days to poop this time and I want to avoid constipating type foods for awhile. This kid definitely likes his food though. He was screaming at me today as I ate dinner in between his green bean. Cause I wasn't feeding him. I only let him have half a Gerber container (about a tablespoon, I guess) at a time. I think he'd eat a whole one if I let him. Technically he gets a whole one a day since Madelaine gives him something for breakfast and I give him something for dinner. My goal is to go through all the available flavors and find out what he likes and dislikes (not much so far) and then we'll look at increasing portion sizes and adding stuff together. Earth's Best has some really awesome flavor combos.

On the adult side, my new crockpot is da bomb!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Food!!

Cereal and sweet potato are apparently popular with small blond haired little boys. As an aside, he has also grown into 6 month clothes. If he keeps going like this by the time he's one he'll be wearing 2T clothes.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Growing...

Actually, outgrowing would be more appropriate. Aeden is up to almost 16 pounds. Yes, 16 pounds. He's now in size 3 diapers, almost out of 3-6 month clothes and can no longer sleep in his bassinet since he's over the weight limit. He's a very happy baby who is kind of sleeping. I try to get him in bed by 7 but I may push that back to 8 to see if he'll sleep a little longer in the morning (allowing me to maximize my sleep before work). He gets up 2-3 times during the night to eat. He's also getting strong - he can sit up with help and likes to stand up (with help, obviously). He also loves his exersaucer because he can stand up. Plus it has a a rattle that he can roll, which he's quite intrigued by.

He has this reddish blond hair and slate grey eyes that show no sign of changing color so he may have blue eyes yet.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Been meaning to post this

Aeden is an Earth Rat - born in the Chinese year of the Rat, first of the 12 Chinese animals. What this means (no I'm not taking this to seriously, just found it interesting and want to preserve it):

Rats are lively and need a lot of mental and physical stimulation
Rats are intelligent, curious and creative
Earth adds solidity to the personality. An Earth Rat is conventional and a good achiever who likes to establish roots early in order to make a secure future for himself and his family. These Rats have the typical Rat ingenuity and mental capacity, but a strong sense of reality often alludes them preventing them from going after anything that could be impromptu. Earth Rats are honorable and love to be stabilized. Slowly and steadily acquiring wealth gives them a sense of inner peace. Although they are capable of being stingy with their finances, they do possess warm feelings for their family and friends.

Since Rats are born under the same Animal sign, they often share likes and dislikes.
Following are similar likes and dislikes of the Rats personality:
Rats Like:
Color Preference: Light-Blue
Gems and Stones: Diamond, Amethyst
Gifts: car accessories, art books, gym memberships, geographical maps
Hobbies and Pastimes: Interior design, playing basketball, crafts, painting
Rats' Dislike: Doing without things they want, strict time keeping, any routines, being at the end of the line

Travel delights the Rat personality and ignites his curiosity. Sunbathing is not the ideal way for a Rat to spend his vacation. Rats are adventurers. They want to explore, examine, visit and party during their time off. They want to try new foods, find new sights and experience the culture of the area they are visiting. And, of course, if they can come home with an exotic souvenir to add to their collection their vacation will have been an instant success.

This lovely info comes from this site: http://www.usbridalguide.com/special/chinesehoroscopes/Rat.htm

If you're curious, I'm a Fire Dragon which is apparently extra special in the Chinese world. :D

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Books we need to get...

So I don't forget:
Make Way for Ducklings
Where the Wild Things Are
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Monday, July 14, 2008

Smile!


smile
Originally uploaded by Malkavian513
He is too cute. Yes, I'm his Mommy and have to say that but look at that face and tell me he's not cute. Go on. Can't do it, can you?

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

2 months

He's up to 12 lbs, 12 ozs and 22 inches. His weight has gone from 25th percentile to 75th percentile, which means he heavier than 75% of babies his age. Quite a jump. He got his vaxes, which he greatly disliked (don't blame him there). He also got his first Tylenol (grape flavored, yum). I'm working on getting him onto more of a schedule and trying to space out his feeding a little more. He's already outgrown most of his 0-3 month stuff. A few things still fit, mostly Carter's and Children's Place which seem to run bigger than average. I went through my stash and pulled out all his 3-6 month clothes so now we have all new outfits to try. As he outgrows things they're being passed on to some friends of ours who're having a little boy in about 3 months, I think.

I have roughly 6 more weeks of vacation before school starts again. Fortunately, I found a really nice woman in our neighborhood who's agreed to watch him this year - for only $100/wk! We'll reevaluate next year because she wants to go back to school so she might not be able to watch him next year but we'll cross that bridge then.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Suh-weet!

I fit into size 12 clothes again! This is a joyous occasion to be celebrated. A little bit more and I'll be back in my regular clothes, hopefully before school starts so I don't need to go buy pants to wear to work.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Tales from the sleep deprived

I thought I'd take a moment while Aed's asleep to update the blog. There's also a good thunder storm brewing outside. That's actually why I'm not sleeping myself - I'd rather stay up and listen to it. They've been pretty rare so far and I'm enjoying this one.

As of Sunday, Aed (no longer a peanut) will be 7 weeks old. Of course he's got 2 weeks to go until 2 months, so the week/month measurements aren't working so well anymore. I guess I need to get used to saying I have a 1 1/2 month old and in 2 weeks I can say I have a 2 month old. Hopefully a 2 month old who will sleep. He's had some sleeping issues, mostly due to digestive issues. He has some terrible gas that has been happily rectified by some prescription gas drops. Those Mylicon drops were a joke and the gripe water helped if the gas was in his tummy, but a burp also helps that and it wasn't doing much for the gas that slipped into his intestines. But we've got that all worked out. Now all we need to do is get him to space out the eating... or slow down some. The kid is already over 10 pounds, which means he's nearly double his birth weight. At 2 months. My book asks if they've done that by 6 months (heh, we beat that milestone). I'm trying to very slowly space out his feedings. I've gotten then out to 2 hours apart again and we're very slowly working toward 3. Actually, since he's sleeping, we may easily get to 3 hours.

I've also gotten him sleeping better. We had a marathon sleep yesterday (me and Aeden). Aeden slept pretty much all day to catch up. Mommy slept most of the day, broken by the door bell (lousy postwoman). He's much less fussy (or cranky) when he's not sleep deprived. So's Mommy, actually.

As far as physical development, he seems to be going on schedule as if he was born on time. He can hold his head up on his own and lifts his chest if he's placed on his tummy. The head can be a little wobbly but overall he's doing well. He also likes to push his feet down and if you put his feet on a surface he'll fake walk. He'll try and take steps, until he collapses his legs, which I've turned into a game by giggling at him when he falls and teasing him. I haven't seen a full on smile yet but he smiles really cute in his sleep. His sleep isn't really great but he does ok for the most part. I just wish that he would learn to poop effectively so I could stop having to get up at 5 am every day.

There are new pics up for those of you with the link to the pics. He has chipmunk cheeks now. His hair seems to be staying as well. I thought by now it would have started to fall out, but not yet. So for now, I have a blond haired baby with grey eyes (lol).

In a couple of months we'll start looking at baby cereal. By the time we get to Thanksgiving, he should be eating pureed stuff. Can you say sweet potato?

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

One month

As of today, Aeden weighs 8lbs, 10ozs. That's a total gain of 2lbs and 14ozs since he was born. He is also 21 1/4 inches long, up from 19 1/2 at birth. Smaller gain but still a gain. He also miraculously slept last night for two 3 1/2-4 hour stretches.

He can grab. And he does - anything and everything in his reach: hair, the side of his changing table, blankets, clothing, glasses, cats...

He can also smile. Usually as he's falling asleep he'll grin. He's plotting something... perhaps world domination. He sleeps a lot but has more stretches of being awake. He can roll himself onto his side but hasn't figured out yet that he has to move his arm in order to make it all the way over.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Say what?!

I got the bill from Presbyterian for Aeden's NICU stay. Keep in mind he was there for 6 days. Just 6 days. The grand total?

$14,111.80

$2351.97 per day.

$98 per hour.

Wow.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

4 weeks

Somehow I have had Aeden for 4 weeks (almost a whole month). He should have been here for 2 days, and I've had him for 4 weeks... can you tell I'm a little bit in awe? I've been Mommy for 4 weeks. After trying for so long and losing the twins and the desperate feelings I had that I'd never get a baby. Now I've got him and he's something else. That's not a bad thing. I think it would be easier if he would sleep or eat a little bit more at a time but we're working on this and heading toward a state of being where I can be conscious even though I'm sleeping very odd hours. For example, I now get up somewhere between 4 and 6 daily. I guess I can consider this practice for when school starts again. Hopefully this trend won't continue forever... actually, eventually he'll be a teenager someday and we all know that they routinely sleep until noon.

Friday, May 30, 2008

If you're so inclined...

If you come across coupons for any of the following and don't need them, I'd love to have them!
Pampers Diapers
Huggies Wipes
Gerber... well anything (baby food, cereal, pacis, etc)
Johnson's baby lotion
Johnson's head to toe baby wash
Johnson's good night lotion/baby wash

Thank you!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

We are 2 1/2 weeks old

Gee... that seems to be old. I mean, we were just in the NICU a little more than a week ago. And ironically, we still haven't hit his due date. That's still a week away.

I miss sleep. Lots. But we did better last night. We were in bed around 10:30. We got up at 1, were up for half an hour to eat and change the diaper. We got up again around 4 and were up for an hour. Then we got up at 6. At which point mommy caved and laid the peanut down with us instead of in his bed. And slept until 8:30. I call that successful. For now.

At the pediatrician's Monday, his weight was 6lbs, 11ozs. So he's gained almost a pound from birth. More than that by now. We see lactation again on Tuesday and get another weight. The pediatrician sees him again on June 4th. Mommy goes to her doctor a week later for my post partum visit.

If you're curious, when he was born I weighed 190. Yesterday, I weighed 165, which means I need to lose 15 pounds to get to where I was when we started this adventure.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

2nd lesson learned

The first lesson was learned in the NICU - any child not wearing a diaper WILL poop on you. And the floor.

Second lesson, learned last night. It is entirely possible for a child to wet his diaper so much that it leaks in a very short period of time. This results in a cranky baby with wet clothes.

*sigh*

Monday, May 12, 2008

Joy

My little Peanut is home with me, which is wonderful. We're working on the routine. Currently there isn't one. He eats when he's hungry (always), he poops a lot, and sleeps when he wants to. He is by far the best mother's day present anyone could ask for. :)

Friday, May 9, 2008

Welcome to the world, Peanut!

This is late, but it's the first time I've had a moment to sit down and type it out. My little Peanut, Aeden, was born on Sunday (almost a week ago now!). He was 3 1/2 weeks early and we have one heck of a story to go with it.

When I woke up that morning, I felt fine. I ate some cereal and sat down at the computer. After sitting there for awhile, a realized I was having cramping but as that had been happening for awhile I kind of ignored it. But by an hour or so more, I realized that it was pretty regular cramping. So I started to time it. But the contraction were irregular in length and spaced out irregularly so I immediately thought that it wasn't going to happen anytime soon. They'd have to be more regular and longer. I ended up getting into a bath to try and ease the pain up some... Heh. That didn't work. In fact, while I was in the tub they got much more intense - still not regular but OMG, intense. I called my OB's nurse line and after Chris talked to her for a little while (and I tried to not throw up) it was decided I was going to the hospital. Clearly something was going on.

The ride there was eventful. It's a 45 minunte drive that got made longer by a house falling off a truck and closing the main road we use to get to the hospital. So we had to back track and go around. I have no clue how long the trip took, other than way to long (for my taste, anyway). We got to the hospital and checked in and the nurses put me in triage... and kind of forgot about me. It might have gotten busy and, again I have no time frame for how long anything really took, but eventually in the middle of a contraction, I asked Chris to go find a nurse cause I had a strong pressure that was heading toward push... cause as it turned out I was 7 cm dialated. They moved me really quickly into a birthing room thinking that I was giving birth soon. I decided I needed something to try and dull the pain. The nurse gave me some IV drugs and for awhile those worked beautifully. Except that it started to wear off and when they checked again, I was still only 7 cm. At that point, epidural was considered and I decided it might be a good idea. They called for the anesthesiologist, checked me again (8 1/2??) and then my water broke. Well, the pressure was gone but wow did those contractions get worse. The miracle worker arrived and put in an epidural (that I never felt) and almost instantly I felt better.

I wanted to push and there was some debate about how dialated I really was but eventually we decided to try pushing. And we got nowhere. He'd move a little and then stop. And move a little and stop, almost like he was stuck. As it turned out, he wasn't stuck per say but had put his head down on his shoulder and was coming sideways down the birth canal, plus he was face up when he should have been face down. There was a lot of concern though because we didn't know about the sideways part yet and I wasn't making much progress. We discussed options - csection (I so did not want that!), forceps or vacuum. We moved to the OR as a just in case scenario and tried the vacuum. And at 6:00 pm (18:00 hours!) I got him out. It was a TON of work (for both of us). He cried right away so he was breathing (YAY!) and they took him to a warmer to evaluate him. His first APGAR was a 4 (not so hot) but by about 30 minutes later he was an 8, so much better. They brought him to me (as I was being stitched up - I got a 2nd degree tear and was having IV fluids due to the amount of blood I lost). It turns out that in addition to all the problems he was having moving, there was also a placental abruption, where the placenta starts to come away from the uterus and 25% of the placenta had detached. That's probably why labor was triggered to begin with.

Aeden went to the NICU. He been there since, having a rough time getting everything sorted out. He had an IV in for awhile for feedings but he's eating now and his IV is out. The only thing left to clear up is some jaundice. Hopefully, today his bilirubin level will come down enough for the doctor to try a rebound and see if the jaundice comes back. If it doesn't he'll be home this weekend. Otherwise he'll go back under the lights. I really want him home, but more than that, I want him healthy so he stays, even though it's killing me to leave him there. He's beautiful, precious, perfect. Everything a mommy could want.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Update-y-ness

So, we have gotten out of the worried phase (the doctor's have anyway, I wasn't worried). I went to the doctor's on Friday, expecting a normal appointment. Hah! Yeah, right...

All the swelling is pretty much gone. This was good. The blood pressure wasn't good. I don't know why it goes up and down the way it does. I'm weird, I suppose. At any rate, the first reading they got was 136/100. That was kind of high, so they checked it again at the end of the appointment and got 130/92. Lower, but still not good, by whatever standard they were using (I don't think that it's that horrible, but what do I know?). So, I got sent over to the hospital where I laid for nearly 4 hours. They monitored the baby (who was just peachy) and took blood pressure readings (which were all normal) and took a whole lot of blood (there were 8 vials when all was said and done) and had me pee in a cup AGAIN (I had just gone at the beginning of the appointment). After laying there for awhile, they decided I was fine (duh) and could go home (thank you!). But first I had to get instructions on collecting pee for 24 hours. Yeah, you don't want to have to do that, ever. The final remark on my discharge papers (I was admitted for 'observation') was bedrest. Hahahahahahaha... I had to drive back to the hospital the next day to return the pee. So yeah, that was really restful. And then, I had to go back this morning for a non stress test at the doctor's office (so much for resting).

So they monitored the baby some more (still just peachy). My blood pressure was 120/71 (don't ask me why it does these things... just to be difficult, I guess). That was it. Happily, now I don't have to go back until next Monday. That will get us into May (woohoo, baby month!).

I have instructed the peanut that he would, in fact, make a wonderful mother's day present, if he was so inclined. We shall see...

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Oh, ouch

So now that I have nothing better to do all day than lie here with my feet up, I am acutely aware of how much pain my back and hips are in. Can I say not good? Owwwwww....

Monday, April 21, 2008

34 weeks 3 days


34 weeks 3 days
Originally uploaded by Malkavian513
Hey look - it's a gigantic belly. How about that...

Day 1 of no more work

I went to the doctor Friday and the baby looks good. I, however, don't look so good. My bp was 120/92 (yes, 92) and I had a lot of swelling. My doctor didn't like that at all. So much so that she told me I'm not going to work anymore. So, here I am, at home at 9am on a Monday morning. I actually got up this morning and had to go in to fill out paperwork. That was all good because I should get paid most if not all of the time I will miss between my saved sick time and any donated sick time (fingers crossed here). So, yay for good news. I put together the work for today and took a good chunk of stuff home with me. That way I can do the notes for the rest of the week and each week after that while I sit here doing... nothing. If I have anything of interest to share (and I'm sure I will) I'll update. :)

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Adventures in cleaning

I've cleaned half of my house. I still have to go through the living room and kitchen (yes, I left the worst two for last!) and I need to vaccuum the baby's room and finish picking up in there. I got rid of all the boxes though, which is nice. I went through my closet and got rid of things that I never wore or barely fit before I got pregnant the first time (which means I may never fit in them again) and kept the things that make me really happy/comfy. This has left me with a few extra hangers. I'll probably go through the movies tomorrow and books to send anything that I don't want along with the clothes to Goodwill. I also have to make sure I get rid of all the cat fur in the baby's room (which isn't to bad and is only in a few places. All I need to get at this point is a mattress and a breast pump and I'll have everything that the kid could possibly need for awhile.

Our vacation was nice. There will be pictures later.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Bug Update

Currently, we think he weighs about 3 1/2 pounds. Now, this is not exact and could be off by a pound in either direction. I am really hoping he decides to slow down on the growth just a little. We still have 10 weeks left! He's also practice breathing, which is apparently, a little ahead of schedule. But it seems he's getting a little ahead of me - I'm 29 weeks and 5 days today. He measured at 30 weeks 1 day. Not a huge difference, but in the 6 weeks since we last saw him on u/s he's gotten ahead. There are also small changes in my cervix. It's still plenty long enough, at 4 1/2 cm, but it's actually lost a little length, because we started at 5.2 cm. As long as we're over 3 cm, it's all good. But the change means that my cervix is getting started with the shortening, which if the kid is coming out, obviously needs to happen. My doctor said that doesn't usually start until 33 weeks, but mine's already started. This makes me wonder if he'll be like his mom and decide to be a little on the early side. He's also flipped himself head down. Hopefully he decides to stay that way. The kicks are easier to deal with up into my ribs than down into my poor bladder. I have an u/s picture, but I have not scanned it. It's also not real good cause he wanted to put his hands up over his face the whole time... gee, that sounds like grandma.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Mini vacation

Over spring break we're going to go to Atlanta. We're spending 2 days, and we're going to see: http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/, http://www.zooatlanta.org/home.htm (where they have a 2 year old baby giant panda bear!), and http://www.woccatlanta.com/. And we're going to have dinner at: http://www.emerils.com/restaurants/atlanta_emerils/. That should make for a nice couple of days. Hopefully it's not to hot.

Oh yeah, and spring break is only one week from tomorrow!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Homeschooling and why it may not be as great as it sounds

First off, this post is spawned by this article:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/03/07/MNJDVF0F1.DTL
Now, California has some very different regulations from other states mandating what is required to obtain a teaching crediential and as such may not be the best example in the world to use here, but they're the people doing it and so, here goes.

First of all, I applaud what California is trying to do, although I think some of their reasoning is flawed. This is not to say that they have chosen a bad reason (to be able to monitor all children more closely for abuse) but rather that the reason they have chosen may eventually shoot themselves in the foot. Because there are very real reasons why homeschooling needs to be more closely mandated. As far as I know, in most every state, in order to homeschool you esentially set yourself up as a private school. Private schools are not regulated by the current public school standards which say that, to teach you must have a teacher's license issued by that state. Most people look at this and go "So what?".

Have you ever heard of "unschooling"? It's a concept that essentially says that children will learn what they need to if you just let them go about their own merry way. And hordes of people buy into this concept. And their children spend their days watching tv, playing video games and pretty much being children. So, what exactly does one learn by watching tv and playing video games? Well, I'm not sure either but I know it can't be much because I've seen plenty of video games in my time and watched plenty of tv (and avoid many shows now, for that reason). Unless you're only allowing your children to watch the Discovery Channel, the Science Channel or the local college tv programs I can pretty much guarantee that they aren't learning much.

Yes, this is legitimately allowed to go on. I can point you in the direction of people who do it. And, in fact, think it is the best thing in the world, because the public schools suck.

Well, you won't hear me argue otherwise. The public school system is in a right state. No Child Left Behind has destroyed anything that may have otherwise been left in the school systems that were good. Teachers are forced to teach to tests, even though the makers of said tests swear that's not their goal. Tell me, when your job is dependent upon the test scores your students produce what are you going to do: Teach creative and useful things that aren't being tested or make damn sure you try and drill into their tiny little heads exactly what the state says will show up on that test. In any other arena, this would not be a hard decision. Why would anybody think that teachers would react any differently? We want our jobs as much as the corporate muckity muck does. It's human nature.

There are a million other problems that teachers face. Parents who don't care or expect the school to discipline their children. I've had parents tell me over the phone "What do you want me to do about it? I can't control him/her." Verbatim. Parents who don't take the time to pay any attention to their children - like their kids are simply an accessory they take out for show. Do you think those kids care? Kids whose parents encourage doing the bare minimum. "Look mom, I got a C!". "Oh great job honey - here's a new car!". Yes, that happens too. Kids who are only in school to sell drugs. No, I'm not kidding. This list could go on and on and on. My point? Sure there are crappy teachers. There are crappy doctors, crappy lawyers, crappy executives, crappy mechanics, crappy insurance salesmen. Why would teaching be an exception?

The things I've heard people say about teachers astounds me to no end.
"It's easy to be a teacher!" (Yeah right. You try it.)
"They get the whole summer off." (True, but not a good reason to be a teacher.)
"Anybody can be a teacher, those tests are so easy." (Depends on the person, in my opinion.)
"I spent time correcting my teacher all the time. All they do is read out of a book and they read it wrong most of the time." (If you really think that this is how teachers are trained to teach... well, I don't know what to say to you. If it makes you feel any better, I didn't even HAVE books for the first part of the year, so I guess I just stood up there and made things up until I had books.)

I would defy most people to walk into a classroom of 25 kids and teach them. I bet that most people would be floored by what they found. In fact, most of the people I see criticizing teachers haven't been in a classroom since they were a student. They have no idea what goes on in one or why. But they have an awful lot of critiques. If you asked the general public, most people would probably tell you how easy teachers have it. If that's true, why is there a shortage of teachers? Walk into any high school and ask the principal of the school if they have an abundance of teachers. They'll probably laugh at you. Sure, some areas have plenty of teachers. There are a lot of social studies and english teachers. If you can find me an unemployed math or science teacher who isn't unemployed VOLUNTARILY (or was fired for some egregious offense), I'd be amazed.

The general public has a severe misunderstanding of teaching and teachers and if they think the solution is simply to teach their kids at home we are going to be a very interesting looking country in 20 years.

It's things like this that make me wonder why I don't go work in a lab. At least there my skills would be valued. Because as a teacher nobody (parents, children or bystanders) values my worth. Why in the hell would anybody want a job like that?

Friday, March 7, 2008

Grumble

Why, oh why, will the monitoring system for absences not let me enter my maternity leave? I can't fathom this... Stupid computer. And then, I tried to do it online but apparently the online version only works with Internet Explorer 4.0. Oh yeah, you read that right - version 4.0. Why does the universe do things like this to me? I'll have to wait until Monday to figure out why the stupid thing hates my absence and won't let it exist.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

It has come to my attention...

that my blog doesn't get used much. It should get used more, as it's a very useful little blog. And now that I only have 12 weeks left before the little Bug is born, well, it seems more than safe to go back to writing. I've been very reluctant to write because I was terrified I'd jinx myself somehow. Don't ask me how. But now we're into the third trimester. And lo and behold, I'm still pregnant. Believe me, the kid won't let me forget it. :D

Now there is some confusion in my brain. Mainly trying to accept the fact that there is, in fact, a child in there. And he's mine. And oh yeah, in 3 months he'll be coming home with me. This is a startling revelation to a person who was convinced that she would never get near this day. Now I'm trying to figure out when my mom should come down and if I have enough baby clothes and if I have all the things we'll need. Everybody has a different opinion about what you need and don't need to have a happy baby. I have a feeling that the kid will let us know exactly what makes him happy though. For that reason, I'm holding off on buying anything like bouncy seats or swings until he gives me a hint as to what he prefers. I'd rather not spend the money just to find out that he hates swings and would rather have a bouncy seat.

I'm also still trying to figure out this boy thing. I'm not sure I know what to do with a boy. I mean, my husband doesn't do the football thing (thank God!) but that doesn't help, really. All the experience I have with boys to this point, is really high school boys. They're pretty much asses from what I've seen. Ok, this isn't true of ALL high school boys (and I hope it's not true of mine) but a large majority of them certianly are. It's quite annoying. Plus, I keep forgetting that my son is not going to be quite like most of the kids around here, if he's at all like his mom and dad. Cause his mom and dad are geeks, to put it bluntly. Role-playing, Disney loving geeks. Who don't watch football or basketball. And don't hunt. We are ren faire, D&D loving, once larpers who have a very... different view of the world. Hopefully this rubs off on him and he becomes a Star Wars loving, Harry Potter reading wierdo.

Actually, I think nothing would make me happier. Now break out the Little People and the Duplo blocks. Those, I can work with.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Ah, the interesting-ness of it all

So, as of Sunday NASCAR is running again. This is good, although it will also be interesting as we will have a bunch of people (don't ask me for a total) in our house. According to Chris, there is one redneck who is also a Jimmie Johnson fan (blech!), as well as a lover of Jeff Gordon and Miller Lite plus Chris, the Tony Stewart fan. This, of course, means that most likely Junior will win the race just to bug all of them. I don't really care who wins (cause we all know that it won't be Jamie unless there's divine intervention!) but there will be food. Food is always a good thing. And I'll be able to snack. Since Bug is still determined to squish both my lungs and stomach snacking is a wonderful thing!

Friday, February 8, 2008

Bug at 24 weeks


Bug 24 weeks
Originally uploaded by Malkavian513
This is Bug as of yesterday. All (roughly) 1 1/2 pounds of him. He was entirely uncooperative in that he would not move his arm and allow a better picture to be taken of him. In all other respects however, he is good. He measured exactly 24 weeks, just like me and seems to be perfect in all respects. He has, for some odd reason, decided to cram himself into the upper half of my uterus however and stay there, leaving the lower half entirely unoccupied except for a placenta. There's no reason for this, other than he's a boy and he will do what he wants. He's also laying transverse (not head down and not head up but rather sideways) although that's not an issue because he has plenty of time to figure out that he needs to turn his stubborn little self downwards.

So that's 24 weeks down and 16 weeks to go.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

All about "Bug"

It's been awhile since I've posted but I think it's time to introduce the world to Bug. Bug should be born around May 28th and currently has no name except for Bug. The name comes from my joking around about having a parasite, or in simpler terms a bug. So for now, until he has a name, he's Bug.

Bug is pretty calm. He sleeps most of the day, from what I can tell so far. But when he wants to he's got a mean kick. He also greatly dislikes being squished and will get pretty upset if I don't move after he reminds me of this. Of course, this also means that I'm limited in the positions that I can sit or lie in. I have some pictures of Bug that I'll upload as soon as I get some time.