July So Far and Goals Check-In

The first two weeks of July have just blown by, and our little family has been thoroughly enjoying!  We have had two guests come to meet our little guy: my SIL and best friend.  Cliff fell in love with them both, and the feeling was totally mutual.

Cliff has been thriving and developing new skills so quickly these days!  Wednesday night we started feeding him some rice cereal from a spoon, and at first he wasn’t so sure what his crazy parents were up to.  He sort of let the liquid pool around his lips and tongue, then would let it seep further into his mouth.  The next night, he started catching on halfway through that he was actually being fed, so he opened his mouth each time I brought his red spoon to his mouth.  it was adorable.

 

 

Cliff had the same emotional reaction: rice cereal in formula is blaaaaaaaand.

What little boy’s life, whose name is Clifford, would be complete without these???

Exactly!  Three months old is the age when you start wearing backpacks anyways, right???

I was asked to run a two-week, SAT Reading tutoring session, which has been a great opportunity for us, not only because of the extra income, but also it forced to met get to know the updated test.


July is already halfway over, and before I begin to think about August, I thought it would be a good idea to check in with the progress that I’ve made with my July goals.

Books/Reading/Curriculum Planning:

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

Goal Update:

I have reread both The Great Gatsby and The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and have reacquainted myself with the specific motifs and themes from both novels.

I wouldn’t say that I have created specific lists, by chapter/section, that I want to have the students focus on, but I am definitely closer to having my first units completed.  Luckily, the texts and strategies are familiar to me, so I can easily outline the curriculum.

As for The Scarlet Letter, I have decided that I want to put that title on hold because I am not using it this year.  Instead, I want to spend more time organizing my first two units for English III and AP Literature.

Health and Wellness:

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

Goal Update:

There is definitely more room to breath in both pairs of these pants.  I wouldn’t call them wear-ready at this point, but I still have 15 more days.

A friend of mine asked me how I was able to get back to my pre-baby body so quickly in comparison to some other women, and I told her it was all through hard work and dedication.  I still go to the gym daily, but the harder part is monitoring my food.  I’m an “all-or-nothing” person, so I can’t nibble on things or feel successful with portion control of what I call “heavier foods.”  These include: ice cream, chocolate, fries, chips/crackers, “salads” that contain a creamy dressing that is mixed throughout the ingredients, and breads.

Instead of fighting to be the person who can indulge now and again, I figure it’s better to embrace who I am and just avoid those foods that may taste good for a moment, but make me feel bloated and deflated beanbag-esq.  So that means I have cut out most unnatural sugars and increased my water intake.  It’s not easy this time of the year, what with all the BBQs and appeals to eat ice cream on a hot summer day.

 

Weekly Goals: Midweek Update

Happy Thursday!  I love a good Thursday.  It’s not quite the weekend, but you can appreciate both the days you have put in so far and look forward to the few days off ahead.

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Today is a work day for my students on a project that I can’t wait to share with you.


 

Update on my weekly goals:

1.  70 ounces of water a day.  CHECK!  I have a plastic water pitcher that I’ve marked off in two-hour intervals, and when that is combined with my before and after-school water, I’ve reached my goal each day.

2.  5 days of exercise per week.  

Monday: Upper Body

Tuesday: Cardio

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: Cardio

Friday: Low Body (planned)

Saturday: Cardio (planned)

Sunday: Rest (planned)

3.  Vacuum the house and car.  This is only halfway done.  The floors in the house are done, but the car still needs a good shaking out, but the trip to see this sunrise was SO worth it!

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4.  More veggies, fewer pretzels.  Done!  I have done a really good job of sticking to my healthier snacks.  I have really enjoyed my cucumber/tomato/carrot/cottage cheese snacks.  I even turned it into a meal with a turkey burger on the side a few times.

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and less of this:

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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!

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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.

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

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

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