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A Lovely Day

I am currently sitting in Panera enjoying a dinner alone. Ten years ago, I would have died to sit anywhere alone…I mean, how embarrassing! But today, I am enjoying every minute of it.

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Prior to this visit to Panera I had a pedicure. It was glorious.

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Spring Break, 2014. I am partying like a rock star, don’t you think?

It is amazing how my perspective has changed over the last few years. I love my kids and I love my husband but I also really love a break. I love being alone, sitting alone, eating alone, and just general aloneness. I am not ashamed to say it. My alone time is very, very limited.

My mom is in town and she equally loves being alone with my children so I feel zero guilt for sitting here, taking my time, really enjoying a dinner in peace and quiet. Heck, I might even run into Charming Charlie’s when I am finished here.

I have accomplished more in our house in the last two days than I have in the past year. I have cleaned four closets, one basement, two storage areas and I am working on the garage. I dropped 5 garbage bags of stuff at Goodwill this morning and one Rubbermaid container at our local pregnancy crisis center this afternoon.

When I said I was in full-on nesting mode, I was not kidding.

It is crunch time in our household.

When I return to work on Monday I will have 25 days left of school with 5 days being spent in Washington DC with my eighth grade class. There will be 44 days left of my pregnancy. Shit is getting real around here. I am going to be a mom of three in no time at all.

I am excited and terrified at the same time.

For today, I am happy. I feel more rested then I have in the last eight months. I have slept great and enjoyed quality time with my family. I have only two weeks left off class at XU. That is happiness in itself.

Have a great day!

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Pregnancy Week 29…Better Late Than Never!

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I should do a side by side belly comparison…maybe next week for the BIG 3-0. This week has been good. Spring Break started on Friday and we took a weekend tip to Indianapolis. That deserves a post of its own. Let’s just say it was so fun and relaxing and just what the doctor ordered. My break is going to be filled with a lot of cleaning, donating, and hanging out. I am in full-on nesting mode. The nursery is almost finished and that deserves a post as well.

On to the stats…

Pregnancy: 29weeks

Sleep: I had the best two nights sleep in the hotel. I think I slept from 10-7 solid!

Gender: Team Green

Name: They are set.

Feeling: This has been a great week. I have tons of energy.

Health: Aside from a slight cough, I am feeling well.

Movement: We can feel kicks from the outside now. Baby is making his/her presence known!

Belly: Getting huge!

Next Appointment: May for a blood pressure an health check.

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A Crazy Weekend

We had a wonderful weekend. The weather was gorgeous and like most of the country we spent a ton of time outside.
Megan started riding her bike without training wheels last weekend so she spent a ton of time perfecting her form in the park. Tyler finally was able to play with some of the little boys who have been hibernating all winter so that was great for him. I spent so much time outside on Sunday my cheeks were rosy. On Sunday afternoon there was a neighborhood water fight that was awesome. I wish I had taken a picture.

By the way, there was snow on the ground this morning. Mother Nature, what the hell?

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This was also the weekend kick-off for t-ball and soccer games for the kids. Both kids did great. Tyler was a little apprehensive at first but after about 10 minutes he was in his element. He even hit a home run. This is funny because it is three and four year old t-ball so when a child hits all the kids from all the positions come running to get to the ball…needlesstosay, there is always a pile-up of kids gunning for the ball. Most of the boys stop at first base, but Ty kept on running, Forrest Gump style, right to home plate!
Megan scored three goals. Again, perspective, this is four year old soccer so there are only six kids on the field and no goalie so if you get away with the ball most often times you will score.
Believe me, I am not underestimating the “talents” of my children. I just want it to be real.

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Megan is growing like a weed and needed all new clothes for the spring/summer. Shawn started the shopping spree on Friday afternoon and my mom finished on Saturday evening. I was worried we would not be able to find cute stuff for her because she is out of the toddler sizes and into the girl sizes, but they were able to get her some really adorable items. She even did a fashion show which was so adorable. She knew she was looking cute.

Unfortunately, the weekend did not end well. After the water fight the kids were soaked so I called them in and gave them baths in our kitchen sink. I don’t do this often, but I should, it is so much faster and easier. Anyway, I had to run upstairs for a second to get Megan clean PJ’s and a towel. I was literally gone for all of 30 seconds when I heard the most terrifying scream. Poor Tyler had opened the microwave and poured his Easy Mac down the front of him…the water was scalding hot and terribly burned his stomach. My poor baby was beside himself in pain and I made the (good) decision to take him to the Emergency Room. We are lucky that there is a satellite campus not too far from home. Shawn met me there (he was working) and by the time we got to Cincinnati Children’s Tyler had calmed down a bit. As suspected, he has second degree burns on his belly and chest. We are lucky because it was not on his face and he is going to heal just fine. They gave him a hefty dose of pain medication, a good cleaning and bandaging, and sent us on our way.

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I have learned several lessons from this experience, one being that you cannot trust your kids alone for a second. Scary. Also, that children are resilient and bounce back very quickly. I stayed home with Ty yesterday and he did great; he shows his burns like a badge of honor. Also, my kids really love each other. Megan was also beside herself. She cried for Tyler and thought it was her fault because she told him the food was done.

So that’s it. My weekend in a nut-shell. Today is business as usual. I have class tonight and then I am down to three. I can smell the freedom!!!!!!

One more thing, I won a prize for Ironman March. So exciting. More exciting was exchanging e-mails with Caitlin whom I think has such an awesome blog and a neat perspective. I am not keeping the prize because, Ed’s face it, I do not need a race day belt. But, it was so awesome to be recognized. And, maybe some new readers will find my little blog.

Anyone have a great weekend?

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Pregnancy Week 28

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This has been a good week. Another busy week, but a fine one at that.
I need to start prepping the house for baby. I need to find our bases and car seats and any other things that might be needed immediately when the baby is born. We have a plan of taking down the guest bed and putting the crib up the Monday after Easter. Shawn is going to then put up the chair rail and re-paint. I need to buy a swing and a bouncer within the next couple of weeks. I also want to wash and dry all the baby clothes we do have so they are ready to go, whether boy or girl.

This is happening. I am excited!

Pregnancy: Week 28
Sleep: Up every night this week for at least an hour. I need a solid night. Maybe tonight?

Gender: Team Green
Name: Most definitely decided. I will do a name post soon
Feeling: Like time is moving way to fast and I can’t keep up.
Health: My blood pressure has been on the high side, I still feel sick to my stomach daily, and now I have a cold. Any questions?
Movement: This little one is a kicker.
Belly: I definitely cannot deny being pregnant

Next Appointment: In three weeks for a blood pressure check and a pre-Washington DC overview.

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On Being A Veteran

I guess I could be called a veteran mom at this point. I have a four year old and a three year old and one on the way…but it some ways I still feel very new to all of this. I look to mom’s with school-aged kids and beyond as far more veteran, or seasoned, then myself. I have learned so much from neighbors, friends, co-workers, and other mom’s out there. When I need advice or help, I don’t have to look far.

With pregnancy, though, I do feel in a way like a veteran. As we all know, all births are different, but as a mom who has experienced childbirth twice, I pretty much know what to expect. Here is a list of things I have learned about childbirth and/or being pregnant and possibly how my perspective has changed with baby #3. Of course, all opinions are based on my own experiences and should not be compared to anyone else.

1. Babies come when they are ready…When I was pregnant with #1 I just assumed she would come on or before her due date (which was September 6th). When that magic date came I became aggravated, agitated, and angry with each passing day. This time around I am due on June 26th but full expect to have a July baby.
2. Some births are harder than others. The labor pains with Baby #1 were so intense I thought I was going to die, or she was going to rip my stomach apart and come out. Baby #2 was a pretty easy labor. My pain hovered at around a 4-5 the entire time. I am preparing myself for a difficult, grueling labor and if it happens that my labor is easier than I thought it would be that is awesome.
3. Tearing happens and there is really nothing you can do about it. I tore so bad with baby #2 that I needed 94 stitches. You read that right. However, I felt physically better in about a week whereas with baby #1 I felt my recovery took longer.
4. Breastfeeding is either easy or difficult. I have been blessed with good eaters and never had issues, however, I am prepared for it to be difficult. I have heard a baby that doesn’t latch can be the hardest thing a mom experiences in the first post-partum week; it can go from bad to ugly quickly and send the new mom into post-partum depression. I am not naive enough to think it should and can be easy for everyone. Ask for support and guidance.
5. You will need help. Accept it. Whether it be a friend stopping by and holding the baby so you can get a quick shower or you mother-in-law coming over for an hour so you can rest…if someone offers, say yes. You are not putting them out. People do not ask if you need help unless they are prepared to help.
6. Don’t be ashamed to send your new little gift to the nursery so you can get some sleep…especially if you labored all night or if you are so physically exhausted you cannot lift your head. I sent baby #2 to the nursery the first night and he and I both slept like a champ. And to this day he is cuddly and always wanted me. His night in the nursery did not ruin our bond.
7. There are some ugly things that happen to your body right after birth. Embrace it and do the best you can. Sweats, bleeding, chills, hair loss, crying, etc. You are a hormonal mess…
8. There will be a time (or several times) when the baby is crying and she is dry, fed, and comfortable and you have no idea what is wrong. It happens. Put her is the swing and walk away for a minute. Believe me, it is best for the both of you.
9. People will give you unsolicited advice all the time. Take it. Or leave it. But, never, ever stress over it.
10. “Take” as many goodies as the hospital provides…I am talking diapers, formula, pads, creams, anything. You are paying for it so you might as well take it.

I am sure there is more and when I think of things I might just write more.

Any veterans out there? Care to share?

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A Passionate Evening

Tonight is the night my 7th grade students will perform The Passion Play in front of our parish. This has been a tradition in our school long before I started teaching here. When I came I decided to “tweak” the play a bit and add some spiritual music, children singing and many wonderful scripture verses.

This might be my favorite, most beautiful day of the year.

This play never gets old to me. It puts me in a very spiritual place as I move forward and continue to prepare for the most holy week of our Church year.

I know I have said this before and I will continue to say it even if no one listens to me…I love my school. I love that I have the opportunity to shape not only the educational skills of my students but also their faith life. I don’t care if my students do not remember one thing that I taught them during their time in my classroom. What I do care is that they receive the truth about God and leave with a more personal relationship than they started with.

Every year when I orchestrate the Passion Play I am always amazing at how my students rise to the occasion. It is truly a wonderful site to see. I see a maturity about them and an understanding that what they are doing is important and divinely inspired. It is worth every ounce of effort I put forth.

Here are so,e pictures I took this afternoon. They do it no justice, but I still think they are neat.

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Is Life Sometimes Boring?

Is it possible to be both terribly busy and bored at the same time?
I think this is the state that I am in right now.
I am ready for a vacation or a change of scenery or something.

This morning I put together a list of things that I would like to do over Spring Break and they seemed so cliché and boring.
Maybe it is because I know we are not going on a family beach vacation this summer. Maybe I am just overwhelmed with the day to day activities of my life. Maybe I am just a really boring person.

Who knows?

I guess it is just best to be happy with the life you have been given and build the life that you want from there. I should be happy that my life is pretty status quo with no major issues. I should probably embrace the fact that in about a two months I will be pushing out a new life. That, my friends, is exciting.

For now, though, I will keep plugging along. Really, with these three life can’t be boring!

20140408-202351.jpg Why, yes, Shawn is “Sparkles” the horse, Megan is Sherif Callie, and Tyler is Debuty Peck…thanks for asking!

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Weekend Round-Up

This weekend was one for the books. First off, Megan did a fantastic job in the musical. I am so proud of my little girl. She is so outgoing and interested in everything. She had a ball with the “big girls” in her dance troop and even cried when we had to leave. She is a natural on stage (I wonder where she gets that from???).

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On Saturday I took off at 8:45 in order to make it to Columbus by noon. I had several stops to make including Kroger, Kohl’s, the outlet mall, and the bake shop. Would you be surprised if I said I was actually running late? Not me. I have no sense of time anymore. It is horrible. I hate being late but I find myself late all the time. It is so annoying.

I picked up my BFF and we were able to make it to the hotel by 12:45 which was 15 minutes past the actual time I was supposed to there. Then, it was all girlfriends all the time for the next 24 hours. To say I had a lovely time would be the understatement of the world. I just love being with my girls and when we are together it is like no time has passed at all.

We started the day with lunch at the Bistro at Nordstrom. It is nothing fancy, but the food is amazing. I had a cherry braised pulled pork sandwich and fries that was to die for. There was an olive aioli on the side that I could have eaten with a spoon. Thenwe just hung out all night long. It was so nice to just be away and have nothing to do but hang out and laugh until you cry. Have you ever played Cards Against Humanity? That game is so wrong yet so right! It was a hoot.

Beth opened her presents and we showered her with lots of love, lots of yummy food, and delicious desserts. I could go on about the food we had for a few paragraphs. My friend Susan made the most awesome taco dip I have ever eaten. I could have ate the entire bowl. We had cake from The Suisse Shop bakery. If you are local, go there! The cakes they bake are among the best I have ever had. Their frosting is like butter.

I arrived home in time to catch the end of Megan’s tennis lesson. She did an excellent job! I is amazing how I can physically see progress week after week. Shawn and I decided we are going to send her to ½ day camp this summer for a week. I know she will love it and it will give her something to do while we are adjusting the #3.

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When we got home from tennis the time had come…we have been talking about taking the training wheels off of Megan’s bike all winter and it was such a beautiful day we decided this was it. Let me tell you, she was a champ. I held on to her for a while and then I was just running behind her. She had no big spills and did such an incredible job. My baby girl is growing up right before my eyes.

The day ended with laundry, light cleaning and falling into bed. I was exhausted. Still am. But, this is the kind of weekend I love!

How was your weekend? Anything new and exciting happening?

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Pregnancy Week 27

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I might just start every week by week post saying it has been a crazy week…because very week seems crazy busy. Megan is performing with my school’s production of The Wizard of Oz this week so we have had practice every night. It has been so much fun for her, but a logistical nightmare for me. Throw in soccer practice, her regular dance class, and my class at Xavier, we have had no time for much else. FYI…I am down to my last six classes at XU. I will be so happy when it is over, not because I don’t like the class, but I absolutely hate the time it takes to get down there, sit in class for 2.5 hours and come home. By the end of the day I am whipped.
Because life is so hectic, I have not had time to really think about how I feel at 27 weeks pregnant. My belly is definitely getting bigger by the week, but I am still feeling great. I am hoping to ease through the next 12 weeks.

In great news, I spent the last 24 hours on a mini girls vacation (overnight). It was a much needed time for some fun and lots of relaxation. Oh, and we celebrated this girl is a pretty big way. I love shopping for baby items and showering awesome people with a million gifts!

Pregnancy: Week 27

Sleep: Better because I am just so tired. However, I am still up every night

Gender: Team Green

Name: I have started asking my belly to send me a sign about gender, then I can give him/her a name. Crazy much?

Feeling: Like I have no time for anything and nothing is getting done baby-wise.

Health: I feel great.

Movement: This little one is a kicker.

Belly: Getting bigger by the day

Next Appointment: Next Wednesday J

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Ironman March Re-cap

26.2 miles on the treadmill
112 miles on the bike
2.4 miles in the water

Well, ladies and gentleman, I am happy to report that I finished Ironman March this past week. It was challenging and I was determined to get it done. I believe that exercising for a challenge gives you more of an incentive to actually put the work in. I am extremely proud of myself, not just because I took the challenge seriously but also because I am entering my third trimester of pregnancy.

Here are a few things that I learned along the way:
1. I do not enjoy riding a stationary bike (you all knew that!).
2. I really love swimming. I think it will be my go-to exercise until the end of my pregnancy.
3. I have a lot of endurance on the treadmill.
4. If you give me a challenge and I accept, I will do everything in my power to complete it.
5. With each visit to the gym I am instilling healthy habits for my family. Megan often complains about going (because she likes to be home playing with friends) but she also says things like, “mommy needs to exercise to be healthy” or “mommy I see you on the treadmill working hard!”

This month has been a real learning experience for me. I have been enlightened, and I want to thank Caitlyn at healthytippingpoint.com
for putting the challenge together. As I mentioned in my birthday post, I have some plans for the coming year. I am not ready to share those plans with the world, yet, but I will say that they involve working hard on my fitness levels and possibly entering some sort of race…but I am not sure what yet.

Here is a picture of me today, with my completed IRONMAN MARCH form (sorry, the form is a mess, but it was a working document after all).

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