Friday, August 1, 2014

goals for august

July is gone. It's officially August, and the month school starts. Holy smokes. I'm ready to be back in a schedule (I think), hoping that as my second trimester is coming up quickly that I'll start feeling better, and maybe - just maybe - it'll start to cool down a little bit. But that's just wishful thinking... Anyone in Vegas knows that won't happen until close to Halloween.

Here's what my ambitious July goals looked like:

1. Read 1-2 books. ((mark of the lion and the nesting place))
2. Make an IKEA trip with Melyssa ((& maybe have the hubs chauffeur us there)). 
3. Declutter furniture we no longer need.
4. Finish organizing my school materials.
5. Finish a quilt I started!

Let's chat about how those actually worked out...

I was able to get some reading done! I finished Bread & Wine for my second time, and started reading The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy. I never made a trip to IKEA, all because I never put the plans together because I now get car sick and driving 4 hours sounds kind of miserable right now. Check in with me in a few weeks when we take a 12 hour car trip for a family vaca... We did, however, do a lot of decluttering! We moved out of the Utah condo, sold about 1/2 of that furniture so far, and have been gathering stuff we no longer need for a garage sale/to donate once it cools down. In terms of organizing school supplies, that's a yes and no. I've been working on sorting my classroom library by AR levels on days that I feel good. And quilting? I wish. I haven't sewn in months. I blame it on the nausea. 

For August, my goals won't be so ambitious. I'm making a baby. That has to count for a lot of productivity, right?

1. Try to avoid car sickness on our road trip to our family vaca. 
2. Move into my classroom!
3. Continue organizing my classroom library. 
4. Host a baby shower for friends. 
5. Make said friends a cute baby quilt. 
6. Clean the house so I can take some update pictures. 

Nothing ambitious. Nausea and morning sickness kick my butt, and on days when it's bad, there isn't much I get done except for logging hours watching Boy Meets World reruns. I'm hoping it'll go away as I come out of the first trimester, but am not really counting on it after hearing how long some of my friends struggled with it! If anyone has advice on ways that worked for their nausea, please let me know! I'll try just about anything right now.

Monday, July 28, 2014

the first trimester

Thanks for all the love on our baby announcement, ya'll! Needless to say, that's why there's been a blogging hiatus for me the past several weeks. I haven't really been able to keep my eyes open long enough to write much, or heck, do much.

We had been talking about starting a family for quite a while, and decided to actually start trying before I left for Poland. Between my ten day vacation and then lots of stress with work, it didn't happen right away for us. Honestly, a part of me was sort of bitter about that. Pretty much all of our friends who have kids or are pregnant got pregnant either: (a) without trying, or (b) on the first try. We didn't fall into those two categories, but looking back, I'm glad we didn't. God had a better plan for the timing of our baby and it is perfect. 

I had it kind of set in my heart that we wouldn't get pregnant in May. I was much too stressed with the end of the school year and moving out of my classroom to think my body would actually relax enough to get pregnant. Suddenly, I was emotional. I mean unreasonably emotional. I remember being depressed one night and not able to tell Austen what was wrong because I thought he'd send me to the looney bin for feeling like my swoon quilt top would never come back from the quilters. The last week of school, I ate two bags of mega peanut m&m's. And I wanted Chipotle guacamole all day, every day. Still, I thought nothing of it. 

I was a few days late when Austen told me to go take a test. I assured him I was not pregnant, just stressed, but I humored him. It took a whopping 30 seconds for the word: pregnant to show up on the screen. I ran giggling in the family room and told him the news. He told me I was lying. We stood there, staring at each other for what seemed like forever. We hugged and kissed, I kept giggling, and at one point, I think I said, "Oh, shit." We really did it. I was really pregnant. 

This was on a Saturday afternoon, so on Monday morning I called my doctor at the hospital on the Air Force base to let them know the good news. They don't consider your results true until you get a blood pregnancy test done, so I went to enjoy that magic. At the same time, my sisters were asking if I was pregnant or not (note to self - never tell your sisters you're late because they'll want real answers). We were going home in two weeks. So, I lied. I told them I had gotten my period, because we wanted to surprise them in person. 

Fast forward about two weeks. I had cramping in my lower right side and was exhausted, but not a lot of other symptoms. On a Tuesday evening, I had a burning sensation in the same cramping spot, and then the cramping was strong for about 12 hours. The next morning, we decided to go to the ER (because that's what you do on a military base) to rule out an ectopic pregnancy. I had urine samples, a cervix check, 6 vials of blood drawn, and an ultrasound. Needless to say, everything looked fine. I just don't handle pain well, but better safe than sorry in my opinion! 

We were able to announce our pregnancy that same week when we went home to Texas! My mom's birthday was a few days before, so I got her Bread & Wine, some wine, and a card with a European grandma on the front. Inside I wrote that we can now call her Babcia (Polish for "grandma") and signed the card, "Love Austen, Katie, & baby". It took her four times to realize who it was from! Afterwards, my parents were ecstatic. We told my sisters the same night, and gave his parents a card that said, "To the new grandparents." (no more risking someone not getting it!) a few days later. Everyone was over the moon!

Since then, I've had a constant nausea and some bouts with morning sickness (but for me, it's more like evening/nighttime sickness). I sleep more than I'm awake. Some headaches. Bloating and starting to outgrow some of my clothes. I've also started to become more emotional the past week or so. Really, I could have it much worse, and my aunt (who works as an ultrasonographer) reminds me that all of the symptoms are a reminder that my HCG levels are increasing and baby is growing. 

I'm looking forward to the second trimester, that's for sure! Mostly to get my energy back. It'll be nice to be in a schedule again and (hopefully) be feeling a little better. Maybe then my pudge will resemble more of a baby bump, and not just too many Chipotle veggie bowls... ;)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

little baby garrett

Austen & I are excited to share that we're expecting our first baby! I'm due February 2015 and we are absolutely tickled to become parents.

I love this ultrasound of our little babe. I was 10 weeks, 1 day when it was taken, but baby was measuring 10 weeks, 5 days. The little dots that are up above its head? Those are its fingers. It had both hands touching its face for pretty much the entire ultrasound. At one point, I laughed, and it un-scrunched its legs and started kicking. At that point, the doctor said she put her bets on a specific gender, even though it's still too early to know for sure. We could see its fingers and toes, even its brain. It was so amazing, and I'm excited to be able to bring Austen next week for another ultrasound I have so he can see the little one, too.

We love this little babe so much already. We are so excited for the next phase of life, and are thankful for this blog to be able to document it and share it with ya'll.

Monday, July 7, 2014

best school moments

July is my only full month off of school, and this morning, I was taking some time looking back at this list, and finally decided to publish it. I thought there were some that are too precious not to share! It's also a great way for me to look back at the positives instead of thinking how tough of a year it was.

Best moments of my first year with first grade:

- Ten weeks into the school year, I became a morning coffee drinker. Now, I cannot imagine mornings with our Breville You-Brew. Loveee.

- My kids gave me a ridiculous number of colored pictures. One told said that I'm kind... Kind Like Josh! That's the foundation that our school is a part of which teaches students kindness like a sweet middle schooler, Josh, who died suddenly and tragically. Precious note from my kiddo!

- I read The Giving Tree while we were studying plants, and one of my little guys started crying, but just wiped his eyes real quick so nobody else would notice. I had to choke back tears when I saw him. Melt my heart.

- Our AP made a comment during morning announcements of, "Summer is just around the corner!" and one of my little guys started looking around going, "Which corner? Where?!"

- All of the moments I'd say, "Find your pockets!" and, "Where are your pockets?" to remind them to sit down on their bottoms, or pockets.

- I told a little guy at the end of the year to walk, that he wasn't a bouncing ball.

- During reading week, I dressed up as Belle in her blue dress and apron. My kids told everyone all day long that I was Belle-before-the-yellow-dress. My girlfriend, Melyssa, was Snow White. However, her class said she wasn't because she didn't have puffy sleeves. Ya'll, we don't live in the '80s!

- I read Oh, The Places You'll Go! on the last day of school. I got choked up a few times, but had two hysterical firsties at the end of it. They were inconsolable. I guess I'll think twice about reading that book next year...

- Frozen. The last week of school, we'd take singing breaks whenever Frozen songs came on our iPad Disney radio. Sometimes, you just have to let them be 7 years old.

- During reading week, we had an author come in as a guest speaker for an assembly. She used to have dog sled teams and was telling a story about how her littlest dog got trapped in a break in the ice, and fell into the water. She couldn't get her out. The teachers were all a little teary, but then I noticed one of my little guys was crying. Same little guy who cried in The Giving Tree. Precious little peanut!

- "Mrs. Garrett, you do have kids. Lilly & Shiloh are your babies!"

While I miss my firsties, I am really soaking up summer vacation! I'm just not ready to go back to teaching, yet. ;)
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