The first week of school is done and in the books! I’d say that calls for a celebration! Inspired by my friend, Miss DeCarbo, I want to get real with y’all and share about my first week back!
The week started off with a bang with an all day PD on Monday starting at 7:30, and ending with Open House until 8:30pm. Yes, that’s right, a 13 hour day for our first day back. After, I posted this pic on Instagram to celebrate the fact that I made it through the day…
How far along: 30 Weeks, 5 days in this picture!
Maternity clothes: Mostly I’m living in flowy dresses like this one! This one is not maternity, it’s from a boutique we went to on vacation..$8! I have a lot of maternity maxis from Old Navy and they are definitely my go to!
Stretch Marks: Nope! Keeping that belly butter handy! 🙂
Sleep: I’ve been utterly exhausted, so I can’t seem to sleep enough, but I get up about 3 times to pee in the middle of the night.
Best Moment This week: Literally watching my stomach move multiple inches with my hubs as baby danced, ran, and swam around! So fun 🙂
Worst Moment this Week: Just feeling so exhausted. Each day I go straight from school to practice until about 6. We had a game Thursday night that we didn’t get home from until 10:40pm, and we had 3 games today. I feel pitiful because I am absolutely worthless by the time I make it home, but I’m trying to get used to this new normal.
Miss anything? Being able to breathe in a full breath of air at a time
Movement: Lots of movement! (see above)
Food Cravings: Gioninios tossed salad. It is literally just chopped up lettuce, lots of mozzarella cheese, and there delish Italian dressing, but I want it every day!
Pregnancy Symptoms: My feed feel like there are 1000 bruises on them by the end of the night. It literally hurts to put pressure anywhere on them. I didn’t know they could hurt this bad!
Looking forward to: Getting everything washed and put away in the nursery<–having the energy to do this!
-We practiced gluing. Yes, I spent 25 minutes TEACHING my fourth graders how to glue. I literally put a Smartboard file up with a digital piece of notebook paper and glue bottle clipart. I show them how NOT to “toaster streudel” and that we only squeeze with one hand. I then show them on the Smartboard how to put a “baby dot” in each corner, one on each side, and one in the middle. We practiced with 3 pieces of scrap paper on Wednesday. And yet, after reviewing this each day, by Friday I still had multiple kiddos squeezing giant globs with two hands, and toaster streudling all over the place… I wanted to pull my hair out 😀
But despite all of these frustrations, we did make some progress! I just want you to understand that my first week wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies. It was a real back to school week, filled with challenges and constant review. I know if I keep working with these kiddos they WILL get better and will get into routines. It takes time, and I need to keep reminding myself that.
Here are some glimpses into what we did get done:
How was your first week? Was in all sunshine and butterflies, or did you have struggle moments? I’d love to hear the good and the bad! 🙂