Monday, September 14, 2020

First Day(s) of School

We've had our first days of school over the last week.  They have looked different that past years but we're thankful for a tiny bit of normalcy after the last almost 6 months of crazy.   

AveryAnn could not wait to go to school.  She has missed her friends and her teachers so much.  She started August 24th and had the best day!

She picked out her dress and insisted on two braids for her hairstyle.

This is her last year before big school.  I can hardly believe how quickly the years have passed with this one.  She is such a joy and keeps us all laughing.  She is honest to a fault (I have no idea where she gets that from).
Barrett insisted on having his picture made too even though he didn't start for another week.

He did have drive thru supply pick up and meet the teacher.  His teacher is new to our school this year but she is the sweetest.   He got a chromebook and the supplies we ordered and everything he needed to start remotely this nine weeks. We also go our "Blue Devil Strong" yard sign to show our school spirit! The kids were so happy!

Finally, it was his turn for his first day of second grade.  He was excited about remote learning and our teacher had us all very prepared.  He'd charged his chromebook the night before and he was ready.

Patrick was home this day.  PTA took breakfast to all the local schools for the teachers and it wasn't ready when I arrived to pick it up so I was later than I'd planned getting back home so Patrick took AveryAnn to school.  We had a few minutes when they got back home before we had to log in.
I'll be honest, I was a little nervous about how all the programs would hold up and how the remote learning would go.  It has been an amazing experience for us.  Barrett has really enjoyed it.  I've enjoyed getting to kind of spy on his classroom and get to see him interact with other kids and his teacher.  His confidence in the technology has increased everyday and I know that will only benefit him in the long run.  He's excited to go back to school.  But this time has been really sweet and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't going to miss.

Our school is letting the kids come in small groups on Thursdays or Fridays in small groups for testing.  Barrett was the only one in his group the day he got to go.  After that day he's been really excited to go back to school.  His sweet teacher sent me his picture.  I hate he had to wear a mask but I'm thankful he got to go and he loved it.  We get to go back two days a week in a couple of weeks and then hopefully 5 days a week two weeks after that.  I should have one whole week with both kids in school before the baby comes. Fingers Crossed!

Friday, September 4, 2020

Bump Date

 We're 32 weeks with baby #3!  This pregnancy seems to be going by quickly and also feels like I've been pregnant forever!  I'm definitely getting antsy to know what it is but holding out until delivery day!  This pregnancy has been a lot harder physically.  I think a combination of being older and not very active for so long due to quarantine has made this last trimester more painful.  We've got around 6 weeks left but have not done a single thing to prepare for this little one's arrival.  I'm planning to get the big kids room squared away in the next couple of weeks. I've got everything ready except the dresser I'm repainting.  I need to do that next week.  

The crib sheet and changing pad cover I ordered for the nursery arrived last week and it's perfect.  I'm so torn because if the baby is a girl I would love to leave the nursery pink but if it's a boy, I don't want to have to be painting after the baby is born.  So we'll probably go ahead and paint. 

Truth be told, I've been in a very blah mood the last couple of weeks.  I'm pretty sure the circumstances we all find ourselves in are the root of the cause but it hasn't been pretty.  I'm just so tired and overwhelmed. I has a doctors appointment on Tuesday and everything looked great.  They called Wednesday to schedule my csection.  October 19th is the day if we make it (and I think we will).  So not much time left.  Our schedules are starting to fill up with Fall activities again so I know it will be here before we know it.  I'm so excited about this Fall baby but being this pregnant in the heat of summer has not been fun. 

I have zero pictures to share.  We're just surviving over here.  We can't wait for this baby to be here and know what it is.  We're still working on a name.  We've got a couple in mind but nothing set in stone yet.  I know it'll all get done so I'm not stressing.  I'm just trying to enjoy this sweet baby dancing in my belly all the time.  

6 weeks or less!  We got this!