Measuring July Goals One Day Early

Happy Saturday!  I am so glad it’s the weekend and that I will be able to spend quality time with my family down in Orlando today.  It will be a busy one as will be our Sunday, so I am checking in with my July goals one day early.

Books/Reading/Curriculum Planning:

Goal: Review the following books & create “Lists”

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – DONE!
  • The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie- DONE!
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Heading into August: School starts early for us in Florida this year (August 15th with kids) so I am going to spend the early parts of August wrapping up a few curriculum loose ends, fine-tuning my pacing guides for the 1st quarter, and assembling my “Bootcamp” packets, which I’ll be sharing once they’re completed.

 

Health and Wellness:

July Goal: Workout daily & fit into my black and khaki capri pants. – DONE!

Yesterday, while my in-laws are in town, my little family and I had professional photos done.  I was freaking out all week thinking about what I was going to wear, nervously waiting for my order from Old Navy to arrive that had a potential and leading outfit, and mix-matching a thousand variations of tops and bottoms.  The moment of truth arrived around 3:30pm, three hours before we were supposed to meet the photographer, and I put on my goal khaki capris just for shitz and giggles.  BAM!  They fit!!!

Heading into August:  Keep up the momentum of hitting the gym daily, eating in moderation, and be grateful all the hard work paid off.

Welcome July

Happy 1st of July! 

I am really excited to begin this new month.  It’s going to be the craziest and busiest month for us because we have so many friends and family members who are coming to meet our son, Cliff.  How blessed are we that many people love us enough to take time out of their schedules for us.  Thank goodness Cliff has been working on his selfie faces because I’m sure there will be plenty of picture taking and memory making!

June was an interesting month for us, and went out like a bang…literally.  Here are the highlights:

  • I spoke at my school’s graduation ceremony and watched my first group of students walk across the stage.
  • Dan wrapped up the school year and started his summer vacation.  It’s been great having all three of us home during the day.
  • I joined Bailey’s Gym to help get me closer to my pre-baby body.  I forgot how much I enjoyed working out in a legit gym.  The atmosphere inspires me to push myself more than when I’m at home.
  • Dan celebrated his first ever Father’s Day.  I wish I could have done more to express how much Cliff and I love him and what a phenomenal father he is.
  • I attended a week-long Advanced Placement Literature conference and got SOOOO inspired!  I have been developing my new courses and reading/rereading books like a curriculum planning-aholic.
  • Dan and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary by watching “Hail, Caesar!” and eating a delicious dinner at home.  #NewParents
  • Two wonderful young ladies that graduated a few years ago came over to visit, and it was nice catching up with them.
  • Cliff also had his 3-month appointment and got a solid bill of healthy from his pediatrician.  We are working on his sleeping at night because it has been fluctuating lately.  The doctor suggested that he may be having some digestive issues because she noticed a pattern between the pace and quantity of his eating habits and his poor sleeping sessions.  She suggested some Mylicon, and that has made a huge difference already!

NOT my baby =)

What’s In Store for July

July is going to be hectic but in a good way.  Just because we will be entertaining friends and family doesn’t mean that I don’t have goals to keep up with.

Books/Reading & Curriculum Planning:

I want to review the books that I have included in my curriculums for this upcoming school year.  I have read all of them before, but not necessarily used them for direct instruction.  Also, with teaching a section of Advanced Placement Literature, I will need to revamp my teaching strategies to support a new way to analyze and write about the texts they will be studying.

One of the strategies that I took away from my week-long conference was to give students a specific task for their reading that qualifies under a “Seek and List” title.  For example: Read the poem, “Groceries” by Cathy Smith Bowers, and create a list of similes and/or metaphors for things that are damaged.  Then, choose two and explain how and why the author used these devices to create tone.

Goal: Review the following books & create “Lists”

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Health and Wellness:

New moms have a difficult standard to live up to when they’re trying to lose the baby weight.  I don’t like the term “get back” your body because that assumes that there’s a loss, a void, a deficit when you don’t have the same physique after having a baby.  A woman’s body is put through total trauma to carry and deliver a new life, and it should be handled with tenderness and love.  As a culture, we are too violent with our expectations that women should “snap back” and quickly.  EVERY SINGLE aspect of your life changes once you become a parent or add another sibling to the pack, so why stress about having a different body?  That’s not to say that there is anything wrong with wanting to be healthy and in shape, or ever aspire to fit back into your old wardrobe; I am someone who has focused on that specific goal now that I’ve had my son.  The difference is that I don’t demand it to happen before it’s time, or set unrealistic expectations.  I work out every day, true, but I also did that before and during my pregnancy.  I slowly built my cardio and strength training routines back up, slowly and carefully.  I am not back to my fitness level, but I am not beating myself up about it.  Some women may achieve their goals sooner than me, some may take longer.  Just like all pregnancies, like all babies, each woman’s journey is specific to them and shouldn’t be compared to others’.  With that being said, I do have a goal for July to help me get closer to my ultimate goal.

July Goal: Workout daily & fit into my black and khaki capri pants.

Ultimate Goal: Workout daily & fit into my old wardrobe.

*Notice I don’t have a weight or pant size goal.  I just want to fit into the clothes that I used to wear.

Family:

Clearly, it is going to be a full month for the Ferrari family!  My ultimate goal is to enjoy each and every moment that we will get to spend with our out-of-town guests.

Week 23, 24, and 25 Pregnancy Updates

Hi Friends!

I apologize for the delay in updates, but it’s been a very busy three weeks.

1.  I helped organize for my school’s Homecoming dance and spent a Saturday morning/early afternoon decorating for the Casino theme.  One of my seniors tried to emulate my baby bump, circa 23 weeks.  I hope this passes for my Week 23 bump pic.

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2.  I began preparing my Scentsy wax bar samples for some upcoming home parties.  After I was done making 300+, the house smelled amazing!!

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3.  Dan and I traveled to Michigan for Thanksgiving, and my aunts and sister threw me a mini-baby shower.  It was absolutely awesome.

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Baby Boy received several awesome gifts, including a book that my niece insisted we read out loud!

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4.  Scentsy just wrapped up (until the end of Friday) the Most Wonderful Sale of the Year, so I’ve been helping clients place their orders.  It was a little stressful while the website was sluggish, but we got all the orders placed!

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If you’re interested in looking around, check out my website: http://amandaferrari.scentsy.us

5.  A student and avid hunter brought me some venison, so my mom made stew from it…so many delicious childhood memories!

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Official Week 25 Pregnancy Update

How far along? 25 Weeks – The baby is the size of a rutabaga and weighs approximately 1.7lbs!

Total weight gain: More than 10lbs.  Enough to cook a proper baby boy.

Bump Alert: Oh yea!  I’m finally able to do the classic “bump clasp” pose now that there’s enough bump to speak of.

Week 25

Maternity clothes? I’m wearing half regular and half maternity tops, but still 100% maternity bottoms.

Stretch marks? Still moisturizing and still luckily stretch mark-free!

Sleep: Tons and I’m always wanting more!  8-9 hours per weeknight and the occasional weekend nap.  This past weekend called for one on both Saturday and Sunday.  The good news is that I’m feeling more refreshed when I finally do wake up.

Workouts: Four or Five days of walking and two days of strength training.  I’m still feeling really good with my routine.

Best moment these weeks: Spending time with family in Michigan!

Miss anything? I’m not missing anything, but it was a bit odd not being able to have a holiday drink or cheers with the rest of the group.  It was kind of sweet when people teased me about clinking glasses with water.

Food cravings: Nothing out of the usual.  After having big meals with my family, there were some super sweet desserts, so now and then I feel like having something sweet.

Labour signs: No!

Symptoms: Slightly swollen feet at the end of the work day and an ever-growing bump.

Belly button in or out? Still an innie despite the belly growth.

Wedding rings on or off: On.

Baby Stuff: We received our stroller from my in-laws and a super cute children’s Michigan State t-shirt.

Graco Fastaction Fold Jogger Click Connect Travel System, Gotham 2015

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Then I had a great baby shower with my side of the family.  We got several cute additions to Baby Boy’s wardrobe and our diaper bag from my sister.

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Happy or moody most of the time: Happy and tired

Looking forward to: I have two Scentsy home parties and two major events at school this upcoming week: a campus tour to the University of Florida and a field trip to see “Victor Frankenstein” with my English IV students.