Saturday, June 15, 2013

Papa Kent

Dear Baby,
People often talk about women and the glow they have when they're pregnant. I got it a few times, but not as much towards the end when I was as swollen as a big balloon. (A BALLOON. Just ask your Dad) But no one really talks about the Daddy Glow. Your Dad had The Glow for days after your birth. He loved to talk about you and show you off to anyone who would listen. He got in trouble in the hospital for carrying you down the hallway in his arms instead of your crib-on-wheels. He couldn't put you down. While you stayed in the NICU he visited you late at night and early the next morning.

  You've got a great Dad and he'll teach you a lot of important things in life.. like how to pay for things with exact change and how to keep a beat. And I'll teach you how to talk him into giving you things and getting you out of sticky situations (I've become a pro). 

Love,
Mom 

P.S. As I typed this he held you while you screamed like a wild woman. I was trying a new "Fall asleep without a pacifier" parenting strategy. FAIL.



Friday, June 14, 2013

Retirement

The reason I'm retiring
+ sweat pants, day time tv and eating lunch whenever I want to

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Room 523

Dear Room 523,

4 years ago I painted your cabinets and filled you with books, baskets and students. Students that have thrown up on your floors and learned within your four walls. You heard about South Carolina history, reading strategies, plants and animals. You watched as I all but stood on my head to teach 3-digit subtraction. You heard chapter books like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlotte's Web. You watched as I hid behind the back cabinet door and ate Sugar Daddies during my break. I piled you high with papers. You heard "Mrs. Suits" as many times as I did. Over and over again. I grew from a young, timid, first year teacher to a loud, confident, experienced one. You were my safe place to try new ideas, act silly, to teach and befriend students.  You were my home away from home. Students will continue to learn in you without me as their teacher and I'm going to miss that. 

With fond memories, 

Mrs. Suits 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Great-Grandmother

A few weekends ago Ma, Pa, Ben, Anna and I went up to NC to visit Dad's family. We introduced Gran to Caris. A great memory to have! 


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

3 Months

Dear Baby,

Today you are 3 months old. Congratulations! You celebrated by sleeping from 10PM to 6AM last night. Today you learned to "cluck" with your tongue. Your dad says that you guys have a secret language and he clucked at you almost all night.  I missed you last week while I worked, but we are going to ROCK this summer and the next 18+ years. Go easy on me in the teenage years, okay? 

Love,

Mom 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Workin' Hard for the Money

Excerpts from the Working Mommy-World 
as a 3rd grade teacher

Night before work: pick out a work outfit from the 2 possible work appropriate choices. Look longingly at your yoga pants and whisper "I'll see you soon". Make lunch and remember how much you dislike bagged lunches. Pack a soda to drink later as a reward for making it through the day. 

Somewhere between 3-4AM Wake up to baby. Either feed or stick pacifier in mouth. 

5:30 AM Wake up to alarm. 3 days into the working world: turn off alarm and fall back asleep. Awesome.

6:30 AM Feed baby, pass her off to Mom or Husband. 

7:25 AM Spend the next 7 hours answering to Mrs. Suits, writing passes to the nurse and teaching/entertaining 20 ready-for-summer kids 

Remember how germy, needy and talkative 9 year olds can be

Think, "For the love of all things that are holy, can someone please fix my projector bulb. All I ask for is one 30 minute magic school bus video" 

9:30 AM Housekeeper watches your kids while you "Check on your baby". Lock yourself in a non-air conditioned room to ahem, provide baby with food for the next day. Sweat. At least a pound off. 

11:15-11:25 AM Eat lunch while you open packets of ranch and acknowledge the silent "May I use the restroom" signal. 

Remember how short lunch is 

11:25-12:00 AM Dodge fire ants, squint in the sun as you referee the kickball game and make sure everyone goes the right way down the slide. 

Remember how long recess is 

12:20 PM Drop kids off at art class and sneak a kit-kat bar from the science lab

Okay, I snuck two

1:00-2:20 PM Finally accept the fact that the projector won't get fixed and no videos will be shown. 

4:45 PM Hobble up the front steps, avoid the "I've haven't seen you in YEARS" greeting from the 80 pound terrier mix and greet the family, especially the baby who's grown by leaps and bounds since you left and looks like she's ready for her junior prom. 

6:00 PM Be thankful, once again, that your Ma is living with you and provides tasty meals and buys 4 (FOUR) half gallons of ice cream and makes things like frozen lemonade pies and butterscotch oatmeal cookies. THANKSMA.

 Life with a new baby, life with naps
(picture from Anna)