A baby story: Week 21
January 26th, 2012
Week 21: Baby’s the length of a carrot!
There hasn’t been too much going on in the baby department this week. Still lots and lots of kicks from the little miss which are always fun and exciting and Kevin has been feeling her with a lot more strength lately. There was one morning that I felt a hard lump again on the right side of my abdomen and I knew some part of her (her butt maybe??) was sticking out with full force. I turned the light on and looked down and…my stomach was completely lopsided! So creepy (it reminded me of the alien coming out of the guy’s stomach in “Total Recall”) but so awesome at the same time. Kevin felt the lump again but he got out of seeing my stomach all funky.
So far he’s the only one to feel her, who will be the next lucky one?? 😉
In non-baby news: This week is now week three of my new schedule for the spring semester (my life seems to run on the semester system due to my job at a university) and I am just starting to get the hang of it. I began student teaching this semester to finally earn my CA teaching credential in history–something I started in Fall 2007 at CSU Long Beach and never completed because, at the time, it was not financially possible for me to quit my job and student teach for four months with no pay. I have been given the amazing opportunity to complete my studies at the university I work for (free 12 unit class? Yes please!) and, in addition to that, to be able to student teach while continuing to work a full-time job. It is no easy task in the least and although I knew it was going to be rough, I guess I didn’t think it might be this rough.
Monday through Friday my days look something like this: Wake up at 6, leave at 7:30, student teaching from 8-11:30, working from 12-7, (ideally) asleep by 10, repeat.
Last week I was sick in addition to this crazy schedule which added a whole other dimension to it (I can’t take any medicine while pregnant so it just lingered on). I’m the kind of person that pushes through being sick, though, so I didn’t let it get me down. But this week I’m starting to feel the effects of the extremely long days with very little rest and a rough time sleeping each night.
The up-side is that my first student teaching placement is at a middle school in Alameda with an awesome 6th grade history teacher. I’ve been enjoying getting to the know the students by working with them in small groups the past few weeks and I’m looking forward to my first two lessons in front of the class next week. Over the course of the next few weeks I’ll end up running the show for the entire 2.5 hour class period a total of 9 times, the final week I’m there I’ll be running the show the entire week! My second placement I’m hoping will be in Oakland somewhere, we’re still working on securing a school site for me.
More than anything, spending my mornings with a group of goofy 12-year-olds just reinforces my strong desire to become a teacher and work with this age group (6th-8th grade). I cannot wait until I have my own classroom and am able to build a rapport with my students. But until then (hopefully Fall 2013!) I’m thoroughly enjoying being a student teacher with a great veteran teacher and learning all I can about the profession.
No Lola photo bomb this time ’round! She was busy snoozing away after our visit to the park to play some Frisbee…
She sure was camera shy this week!
Other pregnancy updates
- Total weight gained: 0 pounds! But the belly keeps on a-growin’ and the girl keeps on a-kickin’ so I’m not too worried about it.
- Progress on the baby’s room made this week: None…but not by choice! We finally had the room just about organized, cleared out with crap we want to donate, and ready for some baby furniture but then the heavy rains happened this past weekend and we had a major leak through the wall which soaked part of the carpet. So we’re back to having the room look like it’s in shambles and I’m anxiously waiting for the problem to be fixed so we can get to work on some projects.
- Fun baby developments: She’s about 10.5 inches long (whoa!) and weighs a whopping 3/4 of a pound. Her taste buds are working (hope she likes falafel and fresh orange juice, two things I’ve been really into lately [thanks mama for the juicer for Christmas!]) and she’s already got around 6 million eggs in her womb (crazy!).
- Days until our next prenatal appointment: 8!