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 28 Pregnancy Update and Nursery

28 Weeks

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Low Body Second Trimester Pregnancy Workout and Gender Wives Tales

I’ve been fortunate enough to have had a pretty smooth-sailing pregnancy, so when I have the energy in the morning to hit the gym, I want to try and make the most of it.  I’ve modified the low body exercises so that I do most, if not all, without weights and at a slower pace.  Here is what I did this morning:

Second Trimester Low Body

I try to get in around 10,000 steps a day, and thanks to my FitBit, I am able to easily track them.  Because it was raining this morning, I decided to stay longer at the gym and use the recumbent bicycle for a nice 20 minute cardio session.

Tonight we are going to our friends’ gender reveal party for their 4th expectant bundle of joy.  I got a preview of some of the games we are going to be playing, and of course one is a betting pool to see who can accurately guess the gender before the official results are shown via a colored-cake slice.  Our friends are super creative, so they made up a chart that revealed all the possible results based upon old wives tales and tricks.  I thought it was so adorable that I would create my own list.  Dan and I won’t find out what we are having for another two weeks (!!!!!), so we will be able to tell how accurate these tests really are.

Carrying high versus low:  Boy

13 Weeks Dress

We didn’t do a Week 14 picture because we were so busy and I was frankly not feeling up to it. I will have to make up for it this weekend.

I am guessing this because I don’t really think that I am showing enough to say that I am either way, but maybe a bit on the low side since that’s where I feel a little more pregnant, if that makes any sense.

Increased Acne: Boy

I have not had any extra acne since becoming pregnant.  I’m fairly lucky that I only get a random pimple now and again.

Baby’s Heart Rate: 155 at the last ultrasound, so Girl

Cravings, Sweet vs. Salty/Savory: Boy

I tend to go for either treat really, but mostly salty.  A few weeks ago, I craved salty, greasy fries.  My new kick is sweet potatoes with ketchup and anything under the category of Mexican food.  Salty and savory taste buds lead to another male in the family.

Chinese Birth Chart/Calendar: Boy

Dreams about the Baby: Boy

I’ve only had one dream about our baby, and it was about me preparing the family to go out somewhere.  I was dressing our son in many layers of clothing, so I am hoping it was a dream about visiting my family in Michigan.

Husband Weight Gain: Boy

My husband has had the metabolism of a teenager since the day I met him.  He hasn’t increased his eating, but has helped me to indulge now and again.  He hasn’t gained any weight, so all signs point to boy.

Morning Sickness: Boy

I am one of the lucky ones that didn’t experience any negative pregnancy symptoms, which includes morning sickness.

So even though all the home remedies for detecting baby’s sex are pointing to a Boy, I am going to keep an open mind as we go to our appointment in a few weeks.