No glucose test.....

So, I got to the appointment and they told me I had been mischeduled. So, I have to go back next Thursday morning. They still let me have a check up, so I was measured for the first time, and I'm measuring exactly as I should be. I heard Ayden's heartbeat, as usual, and it was in the 150s. Woo! Our little man is going strong! :) I love hearing his heartbeat every time I go to my appointments. It never gets old! They also checked my weight and blood pressure, both of which were really good. I've gained 8 pounds in 26 weeks....which I'm really shocked about! I knew I hadn't gained much, but it was lower than I thought. 8 pounds is good for me, though. I don't need to gain a lot of weight.

It did stink not to be able to do the glucose screening. I had gone all day long without any sugar to be told I wouldn't be having the screening. grrrr... I resolved that by treating myself to a milkshake. :)

I haven't said much about work. I have 3 new classes of students, one of which will be taught by my intern all semester (until she graduates). So far I like my students. My tenth graders are a little chatty and immature, but that usually comes along with tenth graders. I'm also teaching 2 senior English classes: one of 34 students, the other - 18. I'm teaching the tenth graders and honors seniors (the group of 18). I was a little greedy and took both honors classes, but as I've said before...I earned those classes. My intern needs to experience a standard class...especially a large one. She had her first observation. No big problems - her supervisor had the same concerns I had, so we're all on the same page. I think she'll improve as the weeks go on and she gets more comfortable in front of the class. to re-watch LOST. I got up at 1:05 last night to watch it since our local channel decided the Carolina game was more important. It was good, but I don't remember all the details. Tomorrow's Friday! Woo!

NO sugar for Lindsay....

My glucose test is on Wednesday - at 4:!5 in the afternoon. So, I have to go ALL day without any sugar. When I scheduled that appt. I thought to myself, "that won't be so bad", but now as it's getting closer...I'm not so sure. I'll be able to do it....but will I be nice about it? haha I'm interested to see what happens at this test. I've heard so many of my friends talk about when they went for it....kinda cool that I actually get to experience it.

I was reading that my weight gain at this point should/could be around 23 pounds. At 26 weeks...4 weeks from my 3rd trimester....I've only gained 7 pounds. I thought for sure, since I'm not a tiny girl, that I'd gain A LOT of weight. However, I guess when they say "you carry like your mother" they're somewhat right. I have only gained weight in the belly area (as my mom did) and I haven't gained much (like my mom also - gained 15 pounds with me). I think I'll surpass her total weight gain since she did deliver 6 weeks early, but so far, I'm not upset. I don't need to gain a lot....I'm already a "healthy" girl. :P

Ayden has been kicking A LOT lately. I'm loving every second of it. I now understand why women talk about loving being pregnant. Feeling him move and having him respond to us and our voices is so awesome. Last night, Ayden was being stubborn and wouldn't move for me, so Jeremy put his face to my belly and started talking to Ayden. All of a sudden, Ayden jumped! And you know Jeremy loved that. (I did too...) He doesn't get to feel Ayden like I do, so I'm glad he got that "Daddy" moment with his son responding to him.

Jeremy's sister, Dana, and her husband, Mike, are due to have a baby March 1st. They're also having a boy. She had her first shower this past weekend. All I can say is, if people give us as much as they gave her.....we'll need to add on to our tiny little house. She's looking great though. She's so cute. :) Can't wait to meet my nephew and get some practice in before Mr. Ayden arrives.

We've been trying to get the house ready for Ayden. We're moving furniture out and around trying to make room. A friend of mine gave me all of her son's baby clothes since he and Ayden share the same seasons. She gave me 3 huge boxes that have sat in the nursery until yesterday. I finally went through them and separated them into sizes. So now, Ayden has clothes for 3-6 months, and 6-12. I'm liking that we at least have enough clothes for him Everything else though...(bottles, pacifiers, stroller, car seat, diapers, wipes, lotion, bath stuff, etc., etc., etc.) ....we have none of that! Thank goodness for gracious baby shower attendees!! :) I have two scheduled already - March 7th (family) and March 21st (misc. people that won't get invited to family and church showers). I don't want to have too many....but I know I'll have at least 2 more.

Well, what was meant to be a short update has turned into a long rambling. Wish me luck on my glucose test!!!

In memory of a sweet, sweet little dog...

My dad called me yesterday to tell me that my childhood dog had passed away. She was a 15 year old (we got her when I was 11) Yorkshire Terrier named Mollie Lynn Shallowmar (my sister and I named her :) ). We had been expecting it for a while now, but we didn't know exactly how long she might hang on. Over the past year, she had really gone down. She hadn't been able to walk on her back legs really well, and recently not at all. We noticed she was drinking a lot of water and urinating a lot - wetting her bed, the floor, my parents put her in a diaper to keep from having to change her puppy pads so much (which had moved from the floor to being a liner in her bed). She had really bad cataracts, and she couldn't hear. My parents thought about having her put to sleep, but it's hard to make that decision when the dog's body isn't working well but her mind is just fine. That was hardest for me. She and I had a really special bond, and not matter how long I went without coming home, she knew when I walked in the door - regardless of the fact that she couldn't see or hear. She just knew. I'd sit with her, talk to her, brush her, pet her (I knew her favorite spots). Last time I saw her, I was sitting with her and she was just content knowing that someone was nearby. Lately, every time I would see her I'd be sure to talk to her more, rub her, show her how much she was cared for....because I knew it would be soon. I had a little talk with her and told her that if she needed to go, we would be okay - that we'd miss her terribly and it would never be the same, but we wanted her to be comfortable. I did make a deal with her though; I told her she had to make to her birthday so she could say she made it 105 years old, and she had to go in her sleep...peacefully. Well, she died yesterday morning, which happened to be her 15th birthday, and she went peacefully in her sleep. I prayed and prayed that God would take her this way, and as soon as my dad told me, one of the first things I did was thank God for answering that prayer for me. I realize that she's an animal and that some people don't believe they have the significance when it comes to prayer, but I believe that they're God's creation just as we are, and He wouldn't want a part of creation to suffer. I will miss Mollie terribly; I've cried my tears and made my peace. I'm just thankful for all the time we had with her. Not everyone gets to share so much of their life with their family dog. She's been my dog since I was in elementary school - she saw me through elementary, middle, and high school...marriage...and pregnancy. She was a wonderful pet and member of the family.

A few new milestones

This week marks 24 weeks. Things are still going well. I've only gained about 5 pounds, but I'm sure I'll be packing on more as Ayden continues to grow. He's supposed to gain about half a pound this week, so if he keeps that growth rate up, I'm sure I'll be gaining as well.

Jeremy FINALLY felt Ayden move. He was so excited! Ayden's been kind of shy since then though. He's gone back to kicking really low, so it's hard to feel from the outside. He's a little mover though. I wake up a lot at night (because I don't sleep well at all!!), and everytime I've woken up, he's always awake and moving around. We'll definitely have to work on that schedule once he's born!!

Last night, Ayden had the hiccups, which was such a cool feeling! At first I thought he was just being really consistent with his kicking because they were coming about 5 seconds apart, but then I realized that it felt too consistent for I figured it had to be hiccups!

As far as work goes, this week is exam week, so it's pretty easy this week. Next week, we have a holiday and 2 work days before we start the new semester. I have an intern this year, so I'll only start the semester with 2 class (woo!). I'm keeping the Honors classes and I've given her the standard class. Most people think that's mean of me, but new teacher will walk into a school and be given all honors classes. That's something I had be patient and work hard for, so I feel like she should be given a realistic experience. Keeping my standard class all semester is as realistic as she's going to have it. I think she'll do a great job. She's a little nervous now, but once she settles in, she'll be fine.

Jeremy and I had laminate wood flooring put down in our house in preparation for the baby. We have a cat and a dog, and the cat's hair (and other things) were just being contained in the carpet. We kept it clean, but taking up the carpet would make it even cleaner. The new floor looks great and is easy to take care of. I'm getting used to it - I do miss my carpet - but knowing it'll be cleaner and easier makes it worth it.

Well, I hope everyone has a great week!! That's all for now. Not much going on...