Week 14 Baby Bump Update

Welcome to Week 14!

14 Weeks 2

14 Weeks Dress

Blue Shirt Collage 14 Weeks

Dress Collage 14 Weeks

I think that you can see the tiniest of bumps in my Week 14 pictures, especially in my blue dress.


Symptoms:   Same story, new week: the only real difference I’ve noticed from Week 13 to Week 14 is that my appetite has really amped up!  I am finding myself enjoying those additional 300 calories that are recommended for the 2nd trimester.  Carbs never felt so good.

I do find that if I don’t eat a little something (a handful of carrots, half a protein bar, a banana) every three-to-four hours, I get a little sluggish and light-headed.  Thank goodness I invested in a classroom refrigerator.

Changes to My Body:  I haven’t gained any weight, but around the middle of Week 14, I felt a little more bloated and that pushed the very small bump that I have out a bit.  I have also started using coconut oil on my tummy and breasts in an attempt to keep any stretch marks at bay.  My skin has been noticeably dryer, so the moisturizing has been a good choice.

Weight Gain: None

Workouts:  I’m back in my old routine, but have decided to switch up my abs workouts.  I have stopped doing any type of exercise that requires me to lay on my back, so no more traditional crunches.  I have replaced the old abs routine with some of the following:

  • Standing Side Crunches (without weights)
  • Planks
  • Superman Planks
  • Standing Russian Twists
  • Standing Toe Touches
  • Can-Cans

Cravings:  I am in love with the idea of juicy fruits: Honey Crisp apples and pineapples.  I have been buying them the last few weeks and truly take care of this craving.  Steamed broccoli and I are best friends along with BirdsEye steamed sweet potatoes.  I can’t seem to get enough of these little guys:

Aversions: None! #Winning #14WeeksInARow

Overall I’m Feeling:  Healthy and fortunate.  My energy levels are still pretty high in the morning, which is great because that’s when I workout and teach my classes.  I’ve been getting a lot of sleep each night, around 8.75 to 9.5 hours (I know, slug life!)

Purchases:  No new purchases have been made, but I did have an appointment with a Grovia rep, a cloth diaper company that I have decided we are going to use with our little one.

My mom used cloth diapers with me, and my friends rave about how simple and eco-friendly these diapers are, so I wanted to learn more.  There are a lot of cloth diaper companies out there, but the word-of-mouth has been outstanding for Grovia.

Looking forward to: I have a follow-up doctor’s appointment with a new physician in the same OBGYN office I’ve been going thus far.  Four doctors rotate, and before our little buddy arrives, I will be able to meet with all of them.  Oh, I am always looking forward to another snack/meal.

The 12 Stages of Going Back to Work for Teachers

Yesterday was my first day back to preplanning for the 2015-16 school year (oh my goodness, how time flies by!)  I was absolutely thrilled about the idea of going back to work because I love my job, I really enjoy the people that I work with, and I am the type of person who is innately motivated by completing tasks.  It’s strange, I know.  Most of my teacher friends were more like:

But despite my enthusiasm, I am no stranger to the 12 Stages of Going Back to Work for Teachers.

1. Denial

“What day is tomorrow again?  The day I go back to work???  Naw, can’t be.  I just started my summer vacation.”

2. Protest

“I refuse to go to bed at a decent time.  It’s my LAST DAY OF VACATION!  I’ll worry about tomorrow TOMORROW!”

3. Apathy

“It’s cool.  I mean, whether I’m in jeans and a t-shirt at my house or in my classroom, who cares? It’s all the same blah-blah as last year.  Been there done that.”

4. Anxiety

::Alarm Goes Off::  “OH MY GOD!!!  IT’S TOO EARLY!!  I HAVE TO PACK ALL MY BOOKS AND POSTERS AND MARKERS AND COFFEE CUPS AND NOTEBOOKS AND REMEMBER TO BRING COFFEE BECAUSE THE SCHOOL’S IS WRETCHED AND MY PANTS DON’T FIT ANYMORE AND WE HAVE TO SIT IN THOSE AWFUL CHAIRS ALL DAY AND THERE’S NO AIR CONDITIONING IN THE CAFETERIA AND I DON’T REMEMBER WHERE MY PARKING PASS IS AND THERE’S A STAIN ON THE SHIRT I WAS GOING TO WEAR AND….!!!!!!!”

5.  Elation

Reuniting with all your friends who you haven’t seen since June is so exciting!  You have so much to catch up on!  And there’s usually breakfast with lots of sugary goodies on the first day back.

6. Optimism

After looking around the room at the new faces and starting to hear the same old procedures from your years gone by, you realize that you’re going to be just fine.  Like riding a bike.

7.  Overwhelmed

The laundry list of meetings, agendas, task forces, subcommittees, classroom setup, orientation night prepping, creating syllabi and the first week’s lesson plans, etc. Oh, and it’s all due by Friday!

8. Sloth

Sitting in too many back-to-back meetings drains the light out of you, so tackling that list that gave you a heart attack doesn’t seem quite so daunting.  You’ll get to it; it will all get done.

9. Nesting

Finally, you’re in your room and the posters begin to find their homes on the walls, you’ve decided on the final layout for the desks for the first few weeks/months/all year, and you’re in the Room Preparation Zone!

10. Mania

OH SNAP!  ORIENTATION IS TOMORROW!

11. Peace

Everything is finally in its place, just like you knew it would be all along.

12. Eagerness

Now that you’ve found your back-to-work routine, your classroom is prepped, supplies and copies are ready, it’s time for the kiddos to arrive.

What I Accomplished Over Break

In less than 24 hours, the majority of teachers across the country will be heading back to work, like most who have been on vacation, including our students, with a sigh and weighted-feet.  I love my job, don’t get me wrong, but who doesn’t love the freedom that time off from work provides?  Right now, I am 67/33 about going back.  I thrive on routine, I am energized by my career, and tomorrow doesn’t seem so bad.  Talk to me right after my alarm clock goes off and it might be a different story.

Alarm Clock

These past two weeks have been rejuvenating, rewarding, and have provided me ample reminders about gratitude and what is truly important in life: family and love.

I’ve also had a great sense of accomplishment with the time off.  I’ve been able to check off many tasks on my To-Do/Want-To-Get-Done-Someday list.

What I’ve Accomplished Over the Holiday Break