Week 19 Pregnancy Update and A Trip to the Beach

How far along? 19 Weeks

Total weight gain: After my OBGYN appointment on Monday, I have officially gained 10 lbs.

Bump Alert: He’s definitely there!

19 Weeks

It’s hard to tell because the little string/tie is hanging down over the “empty” space above my bump, making it appear that the bump is smaller than it is.  Trust me when I say, he’s definitely popping out!

Maternity clothes? I am still only wearing maternity bottoms, but at the rate of Baby Bump Growth (BBG) I will be in the tops in no time!  I have started wearing my husband’s old t-shirts to workout in because my tighter shirts are no longer comfortable to do all that moving around in.

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

Sleep: 8-9 hours per weeknight and the occasional weekend nap.  This past weekend called for one on both Saturday and Sunday.

Workouts: Because of the increased fatigue this week, I have taken a few days off of walking and exercising.  It made all the difference in the world!  I have gained back my energy and was back in my normal routine today.

Best moment this week: It wasn’t the best week in terms of how I felt, but I did feel a lot more movement from our little boy.  He’s either practicing his soccer kicking or shadow boxing, according to his daddy of course.

Miss anything? The energy I had for the past several weeks, but I think I’ve figured out my nutritional/exercise ratio to ensure that I keep on feeling good.

Food cravings: WATER!!!  I’ve been a very thirsty girl lately!  If I get tired of water, I am easily found with a glass of orange juice in my hand.

Labour signs: No!

Symptoms: Extreme fatigue!

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

Wedding rings on or off: On.

Baby Stuff: Nothing new to report here.  I did get a thoughtful gift from some of my students that I shared with you yesterday during my Photo Dump posting.

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Happy or moody most of the time: Happy and tired

Looking forward to: seeing my sister and niece over Thanksgiving.  I know that’s several weeks away, but after a wonderful and uplifting FaceTime session with them this morning, I am very excited about seeing them, in person, soon.

Reflections:  Ever since the movement in my belly has increased to a noticeable cadence, and finding out that we’re having a boy, I cannot help but feel that this little boy has become more and more real.  I now refer to my baby bump as “my son” and myself as “his mom.”  I’ve tried out some of the optional names we are considering and like the way that they feel coming out of my mouth.  I look at my husband, our parents, our extended family in a new light.  They aren’t simply my husband, parents, siblings anymore; they are my son’s father, grandparents, and aunts.  The memories that I have of my own grandfather, one of the most important men during my formative years, my laughs and giggles with my aunts and uncles while growing up, they fill my heart with love because those are some of the same memories that will be created and will complete my son’s childhood.


Yesterday morning, my mom and I took a long walk on the beach at sunrise.  It was such a wonderful experience that when I noticed the gorgeous beginnings of Sunday morning emerging over the rooftops in our neighborhood, I rushed to get my husband and Sophie up and ready to have a repeat experience.

Sunrise 3Sunrise 1

We weren’t disappointed
Sunrise 2

Sophie has been to the beach before, but she wasn’t quite so sure about the waves today.

Beach Sophie 2

I think the words that best describe her sentiments about early morning salt water are “tolerate” and “avoidance.”

Beach Sophie 1

 

An Update on Classroom Blogging

Initial post about using WordPress/Blogging/Feedly in the classroom

Several weeks ago, I discussed my desire to have my students begin blogging in the classroom.  My plan was to have them create their own WordPress accounts and write both creatively and academically, both inside and outside of the classroom.  The school year is only 3 weeks old now and I have successfully assigned two blog postings.

Blog Assignments:

  1. “Convince Me” Final Draft
    1. Students will participate in a Think-Pair-Share in order to create a list of the characteristics of a convincing argument.
    2. Students will share out their responses to create a master list of all the characteristics.
    3. Students will read a sample argument essay in which the major parts are labeled.
    4. Students will create their own definitions of the parts of an argument essay based on the samples and their purposes.
    5. Students will respond to the following prompt: I am a flexible teacher, so if I hear a convincing argument for something, I will give it genuine consideration. I typically assign homework three days a week. Write a one-paragraph argument that attempts to convince me to cancel assigning homework for Eng IV.  Alternative: You may like homework, so you can argue for why it should still be assigned.
    6. Students spent three days between peer editing, reading samples and grading them, and studying other argument essays before writing their final draft that is uploaded to their blog as their first posting.
  2. “To This Day” Inspired Poem
    1. In our synthesis essay unit entitled “Haters Gonna Hater,” I had students read multiple texts from various genres that all dealt with bullying.  One poem that was included in this unit was “To This Day” by Shane Koyczan.  There’s a fantastic rendition, in addition to the TEDTalk, of “To This Day” that you can watch here.  
    2. Students worked with “Arm Partners” (someone that is within arm’s length of their original seat) to read through the printed version of “To This Day” and they completed a Close-Reading analysis.
    3. After sharing their analysis with their partners, students watched the video version of “To This Day.”  This is the version we watched:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltun92DfnPY
    4. Students were asked to discuss the specific writing choices that were made that separated this poem from others they had read.
    5. Finally, students were asked to write their own versions of “To This Day” in which they mimicked Koyczan’s style.  The topic was bullying.  Their poems had to be 10 stanzas with a minimum of 6 lines each.  This poem was posted on their blogs.

Cooking During the School Year

There’s no denying that if you’re someone who loves to cook, you’re going to enjoy the process of meal planning, looking up recipes, and the actual process of assembling a meal.  And then there are people like me who really despise the whole process.

I enjoy looking at finished meals, but I don’t enjoy anything else about getting from picture to final product.  This becomes a real issue when it comes to heading back to school.  During the summer, I keep fairly busy, but I can come and go as I please in the kitchen, plopping ingredients in the crockpot with little forethought.  Going back to work on Wednesday has caused me to pause and reevaluate the way meal preparation will go heading forward.

One of my August goals was to preplan meals in advance.  I have been pretty good about this, but now that the 8:00-4:00pm schedule is about to hit my husband and I, it’s important that I change my approach.

Things to consider:

  1.  Dinner planning is easy: crockpot to the rescue
  2. I can’t really do leftovers because microwaves are not easily accessible at my school
  3. I will be the only one who is bringing a lunch because my husband’s new school provides lunches to their staff (lucky!)

Dinners:

An absolute MUST in planning meals is Pinterest.  I simply search “Easy” “Crockpot” “Recipes” and the rest is history.

 Crock Pot Chicken Gyros

Honey Chicken Sesame Chicken

Teriyaki Chicken

Orange Chicken

And I’m planning on A LOT of leftovers!

Lunches:

These meals need to be smaller, piecemeal, and require only refrigeration at most.  I’m so glad I invested in a mini fridge for my classroom!

Stock Items:

  • Yogurt
  • Kashi Granola Bars
  • Cheese Stick
  • Whole-wheat wraps
  • Whole-wheat crackers
  • Apple Slices/PB

Recipes:

“Bunny Veggie Wraps”

SO MANY IDEAS!!!