Yesterday my friends threw me a wonderful baby shower and my little girl got many adorable new additions to her already plentiful baby wardrobe. Baby clothes are just so darn cute and my friends have very cute taste. I also got a little baby tub to use in the sink, a Bumbo chair, and nursing cover, and a few other odds and ends. I am thinking of heading to Babies R Us today to get the car seat with the gift cards that I have accumulated from the two showers. I still have one more to go at work and I feel totally spoiled for having to many showers!! It's so fun to think about my little baby and meeting her in just about 8 weeks!
I realized that I only have 7 weeks of work left until my maternity leave and 4 of those weeks are not full work weeks (due to holiday, doctor appt., or training). The time is going to fly by! I still haven't really specifically talked to the kids about how I won't be coming back after the baby is born. Does anyone have any advice about prepping them for the long term sub? Any good books on the subject of teacher having a baby and leaving? I had plans to write a book on that topic just for this reason...oh well. I think they will adjust to me being gone and I think I will be so focused on being a new mommy that my mind won't really be focused too much on what I am missing with the kiddos at school. I am hoping to bring the baby in once and maybe do the end of the year field trip (driving separately in my own car) depending on how good of a sleeper my little Miss is.
I don't think I am going to watch the Super Bowl today. I take a mamalates pilates class on Thursdays and today is the make up class because the teacher has been out of town the past two Thursdays. I paid in advance for the series of 6 classes, so I don't really want to miss out on one....and I am not such a super fan of football anyway. Hubs is going to head to the party we were invited to and I may or may not meet him there after my class to pick him up. It's about an hour drive to get there from where my class is...
We started our annual Teddy Bear project at school, which lasts about 6 weeks. I send a note home to parents letting them know that we really can't manage the project without parent help and I am very fortunate to have lots of volunteers from each class. The problem is that it gets a bit chaotic with parents pulling kids from what I am doing so they can work on their bears, then kids coming back and shouting out that it's someone else's turn. I love that the parents are helping, but I am seriously considering moving the Teddy making operation to the table in the hallway so there is less noise and disruption in the classroom. The kids are SO excited about it and it truly is a great project, I just feel like it amps up the excitement for a full six weeks which can be hard.
I am still making progress on my dissertation proposal...not much this week, but some. I have to start emailing a few people at PSU to see about meeting up with them in order to talk about my proposal and to see if they would have interest in being on my committee. It's really important that I get that done this week!
My third niece was born on Thursday! She is healthy and adorable and weighed a little over 9 pounds. I also have a friend from work who had her twins on Monday night and another friend whose baby girl was born last week. So many babies!! Mine needs a little more cooking time, but seeing all the babies makes me want her to be here soon!