We were in CT with my family for about a week and it was wonderful. We spent Christmas Eve at my parents' house and then Christmas day at my brother and SIL's house and followed all the holiday festivities with a baby shower for baby Sneaker on the 26th. Because we had to travel back to OR with baby gifts in tow, I got a lot of gift cards to Babies R Us that I can use to purchase what we need. I also got lots of cute baby girl jammies, outfits, and blankets. It was so nice to see my mom's friends, relatives, and friends of mine who I haven't seen in years! My mom decorated a small Christmas tree with little pink baby girl ornaments and it was super cute. Now I have to get on those thank you cards before going back to work! Mr. Sneaker and I also went into NYC to see The Book of Mormon which was fantastic. We know one of the actors in the show, so we got to go backstage and check things out after the show. Then we met up with some of Mr. Sneaker's best friends from college in the city for drinks and dinner. I have taken to asking for juice and sparkling water when we go out and call that my pregnancy cocktail. It's just a bit more fun than plain water.
We had an ultrasound appointment yesterday and baby Sneaker did some good growing over the past two weeks. She is still measuring a bit small (about a week behind), but we are hopeful that she will catch up. I have another ultrasound appointment scheduled for the 17th because the doctor wants to continue to monitor her more frequently just to make sure her growth is adequate. Being pregnant is very scary and I am filled with worries, but everything else is looking good other than her overall size. She was breech, but flipped around, so she is now wreaking havoc on my bladder. Fingers crossed that next time we go she is bigger and more on track with her growth! I am trying not to worry too much and trying to take advantage of not working right now by relaxing and getting lots of rest.
I am starting to miss my kiddos, but I will fully enjoy these last few days of break. Once I go back I have 12 more weeks of school to make it through. My goal is to teach until spring break (Friday 3/23) and then I will be off the rest of the school year on maternity leave. I am interested to see how my teaching changes as my belly gets bigger and it becomes harder to move around. I've already told the kiddos that I won't be tying shoes much longer because I just won't be able to bend down. Fortunately, I have about 20 eager little helpers in each class that are willing to pass things out, pick things up, clean up, etc. I am usually up and down when I teach, but I have a feeling I will be doing more sitting in the coming weeks.
Usually at this time of year I am gearing up for a nice post about my resolutions and goals, but I don't know if I have it in me! We'll see....My next post will be my 700th, so I may have to put in the extra effort!