Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Few Thoughts...

1. Forever grateful to have an amazing husband and best friend always by my side. Even when life is super hard emotionally, he is still there! (With a box of Puffs Kleenex no less...)

2. Baby Bunny's water is now totally normal. It practically doubled from last week and is now right in the middle of the normal range. Drinking water like I was preparing for a drought apparently helped! :) After the ultra sound I had to do a stress test where Baby Bunny is monitored. There have to be certain patterns with his heart rate within 20 minutes. I don't know what the patterns are. But the nurse told me that I would have to stay hooked up to the monitors until he performed the trick in the time frame. Apparently some people stay hooked up for a very long time waiting for the correct pattern. Baby Bunny is such a good boy because I was hooked up for exactly 20 minutes! He performed all of the tricks correctly and as soon as the time passed, we were released. Thank you Baby Bunny-- Mommy sure does appreciate your willingness to cooperate and perform on command!! :)

3. Counting the days. Nervous for life to 100% change but excited!

4. Tomorrow is my last day of being a teacher. Several kids are really sad to see me leave. (That sure fills my heart with warm fuzzies!) I will miss it but am grateful to be a stay at home mommy soon! My classroom is completely empty and looks so sad now.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Featuring Modesty and Style

I finally took some pictures of the nursing covers (aka Baby Bunny's restaurants) I made. I think they cost around $4-5 each to make.

The best part about making it yourself though is that you can add little extras that make a huge difference! I researched a lot of the little extras people have added to nursing covers. Some added terry cloth to the corners to use as a drool rag. Um no thank you because I don't want to have to wash the nursing cover after every single feeding. That is what the burp cloths are for! I saw some that had pockets but I couldn't figure out why it would need a pocket. But I guess if I ever see how a pocket would be useful then I will go back and add one later.

My nursing covers' "little extras" include a small strap with velcro so I can roll it up and keep it neat in the diaper bag. The other little extra I added was a tie on each side of the cover that ties in the back. For the life of me, I could not figure out how I was going to keep the nursing cover... well... covering if Baby Bunny moved his little legs or arms at all. It seems like normal covers can be kicked right off. But problem solved! With the ties in back, the cover is now fairly secure and will stay put. I'm feeling ready for Baby Bunny Wiggle Worm! :)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Meaning of Baby Bunny

A few weeks ago as people kept asking me "Why 'Baby Bunny'?" at the baby shower, I realized maybe his name (for right now) needs some explaining.

When Casey and I were first married, we began experimenting with terms of endearment. I have never been a fan of "babe" or "baby" when speaking about my spouse (no offense if you like/ use either!). We would call each other Sweetheart a lot but the term was so over used.  Everyone has a sweetheart-- we needed something special!

Pretty soon we started calling each other Honey which evolved almost instantly to Honey Bunny. And it stuck. For just over two and a half years, Casey is my Honey Bunny and I am his.

When we found out we were pregnant, instead of just saying Baby we always referred to him (though we did not know it was a him then) as Baby Bunny.  It was an easy connection to Honey Bunny and a sweet reminder that we are a family.  It is a term of endearment....  We already love our Baby Bunny.  The term became a keeper as we were unable to decide on a name--we are waiting until Baby Bunny is born before we figure that out.

And now our darling son has more stuffed bunnies than any other animal.  Basically, bunnies are the only thing he has.  We might have to buy him a few other stuffed animals just so he grows up with some variety. :)  LoL!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

36 Weeks

I decided to dress up for our date.
Casey thought I was beautiful and decided to take a picture! :)
  
Then I decided we might as well take a 36 week picture while we were at it.
Baby Bunny is the size of a Large Cantaloupe.
This shirt really has a way of making me look pregnant!! :)
(Or maybe it is not just the shirt... LoL!)

  • So excited the beginning is so near.  I hear most people say they are excited for the end of pregnancy, but really, it is just the beginning of the rest of our lives.  I'm also kind of getting a little nervous.
      
  • We saw Baby Bunny on Thursday.  He is head down!!  The doctor thinks he looks really good and her guess is she will be a large kiddo.  I asked her if she could tell how much he weighed from the ultrasound and she said that it was totally inaccurate so they don't even bother with that.  (Funny because one of my friends has been having routine ultra sounds because she is high risk and they have been telling her how much her baby weighed the whole time.  I talked to her about it and she said she was recently told that it is only 33% accurate....)
      
  • We have another ultrasound scheduled next week with the actual ultra sound people--not just the in office thing we had with the doctor.  My fluid level was questionable.  Moral of that story--I have to drink water like we are preparing for a drought. :)
      
  • Only 4 more days of school left!  Yipee!!  I'm so grateful that I will have some time to myself to rest and prepare before Baby Bunny's birthday.  But I am beyond thrilled that it is 4 more days total, not just until the end of the year.  I'm so eager and excited and happy to be a full time mommy next year!!!  We are going to go on walks and go to story time at the library and I will actually have time to make dinner and I get to teach Baby Bunny in ways that are pleasing unto Heavenly Father instead of hoping a stranger at the daycare would.  (I know it will be hard and tiring too--but I'm willing to face it and learn from it!)
      
  • I finished making two nursing covers!  The best part about making something is that I can make it have special features.  Both of mine have little extras, which I already predict I will love when I'm using them.  I will have to post pictures!
      
  • I am now working on making a "Rings Sling."  I was tempted to just order one online to save time but when I saw the cost, I decided I would pay myself with the savings!  My total cost is about $22 (still sort of pricey).  The cheapest I could find it online was for about $80 plus a huge shipping fee.  I can't finish this yet though because I ordered the rings and they are somewhere in the mail right now.
      
  • My next project is making binky clip/ holder things and some more baby ties.
      
  • The nursery is almost ready.  Still need to sort and organize and decorate a little.  (Goals for today.)  We also need to pack the hospital bag, setup the pack'n'play for our room (which requires rearranging our room), register for the hospital, choose a pediatrician, (the list goes on...).  Still a lot to do before Baby Bunny's Birthday!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Toy for my Boy

Yesterday we had to take Casey's car to the shop. Hank now has new shoes and holy moly were thy expensive.... Sigh.... But that is another story.

Anyway, my sister was kind enough to let me borrow her car for the day. When I left to go home from school, I was greeted by Snoopy on my seat. It was so cute!

The attached poem says,
"It's almost summertime
So here's a little rhyme
Snoopy will be a good toy
On the 4th for your little boy."

P.S. I have already been telling Casey how excited I am for July 4th. I can hardly wait for the fairs and parades and fireworks! :)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

I'm "TIE-ing" to be like Daddy

I just finished making a tie for Baby Bunny. It took about an hour but I imagine the next ones will be even faster now that I know what I'm doing.

It velcros in the back. (It has two pieces--the actual tie part and the neck band part....) Cheating, I know but it works pretty well and makes it so I won't have to re-tie it every Sunday. And I might have to adjust the length when my handsome baby is actually here. :)

P.S. I bought the white shirt and pants. There is NO way I would make a collared baby shirt--that would be a nightmare.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Hardest Decision...

All growing up and even throughout college, I always knew what my decision would be. Ask any of my students who share my common dream and the decision is easy. They can all tell me exactly what I should do. And I thought I would know instantly too. But no. This really was the hardest decision.

The hardest decision. It does not involve anything along the lines of being temple worthy. Those are all easy choices. It does not matter what I wear or what we decide to order when we go out to eat. Deciding where to live and what to major in even seem easy in comparison.

The hardest decision. Do I continue working next year or do I stay home and be a mom? Is this my first and last year of teaching or is Baby Bunny going to be raised by someone else? I always thought the choice would be a piece of cake because the only thing I have ever dreamed I was being a mom.

When I was little, and others would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I had one answer-- a mommy. The reason I chose my major was because it was the closest thing I could find to teaching me motherly skills. I worked hard and graduated from college with an excellent GPA but always planned on using it to bless my children-- never to actually teach.

So why when I'm faced with the opportunity I have always longed for does the choice all of the sudden become the hardest one with no clear direction?!

I was torn. My students need me. My baby needs me. We need the money. We need things of far greater worth than money. Casey needs to finish school and have a stable income. Baby Bunny needs a mommy and have a stable life. I enjoy my job, I like teaching, I want to become a level 2 teacher, next year would be SO much easier. I think I will enjoy being a mom but really have no idea. Back and forth like a see-saw. My principal pushing for an answer, one way or the other and me being scared to step forward in either direction.

I was stuck. Unsure, hesitant, scared.

Finally we turned the matter over to the Lord. And decided to just walk forward trusting either answer by making a commitment of yes or no. Teacher and Mother together or Mother.

General Conference hit me. Going to the temple hit me. My constant thoughts hit me. I knew where I am meant to be next year. I was still terrified. I had no idea what to expect from my principal. Her initial reaction was far from what I could have ever guessed would happen. We ended up talking about General Conference and the temple and the most important work I will ever do while I gave her an answer to my hardest decision.

And so the hardest decision melted away. I'm at peace.

I get to stay home and raise Baby Bunny. I get to answer his questions when they arise and find joy in the everyday things he does. I get to be a mommy! :)

I will miss my students (on most days). And I will miss talking to friends (co-workers). And I have no idea what it is like to stay home with a constant tag-a-long and to rarely have break. But I'm excited to learn.

And we are still keeping our faith in Heavenly Father and trusting that He knows what He is doing!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Making Progress!

I came home from work today to find the crib assembled with sheets on it. And our mobile works! So cute!

We are not ready for Baby Bunny yet... But we are definitely making progress! :)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Ready for Spit-Up

I just finished making Baby Bunny's burp/ spit-up/ drool rags. I might make some more if I find cute/ seasonal ribbon in the future but we are at least in business! :) Crossing our fingers that he won't be a total spit up baby but we are prepared now just in case!

BTW: These are tri-fold cloth diapers with the machine washable ribbon. These are perfect for baby drool because they are absorbent (and now cute)! And they are also totally affordable -- I made a couple for each of the other babies at my combined work baby shower. :)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Goodbye Teacher Fairy

To My Favorite Teacher Fairy,

I will always cherish this first year of teaching and the light you brought to my life.

When I think back to the first week of school, I am grateful for the beautiful flowers you had delivered to me.  I assumed that all the first year teacher's had a Teacher Fairy and it was something nice my principal was doing for us.  Little did I know, at that point, that I was and am the only teacher blessed with a fairy.

And then there was my birthday!  I was so excited to have flowers for my birthday at school.  Casey was busy with his own school and did not have time to do anything for me during the day.  It would have just been an ordinary school day but you reminded me that I was important to someone.

I must give thanks for your special visiting in Thanksgiving.  I LOVE the adorable "Happy Harvest" decoration.  I'm excited for fall again so I can get this out and think of you.

Ooooh and then came Christmas.  You were able to share the magic of Christmas both in my classroom and at home.  The countdown was intense as I would go day after day to school just wishing it was already the break.  The wreath I had at school kept me in the Christmas spirit and made the countdown bearable.

That brings me to that difficult day in January when my car died and I sat crying in a parking lot waiting to be rescued.  And then trying to fight back the tears all day long at school.  The timing of the lavender oil (and other flavors) could not have come at a more needed time.  I doubt I would have slept very much that night but your huge tender mercy helped calm me.  I totally know that Heavenly Father must have inspired you that day--thank you for listening!

Next was the Purple Valentine.  That was SO, SOOO sweet and creative.  "Everything I love is red and baby bunny is blue so that meant a purple valentine for me."  Seriously, ADORABLE!

And the timing of the violets and mini chocolate eggs.  Um, definitely inspired.  Intervention days = tiring and boring!  But anything can be endured when a simple reminder lets me know that someone cares and is thinking about me.

Finally today.  I almost got teary eyed reading the poem as I reflected on this entire year that we have shared together.

Thank You Teacher Fairy!  Thank you most sincerely and kindly for bringing excitement to my first year of teaching.  Thank you for taking the time to care about me.  Thank you for making me feel like the most special teacher in the entire school--after all, no one else had a Teacher Fairy. ;)

Love,
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A HUGE Thank You!

Allow me to set the stage...

1st period -- Sewing. I like sewing but not with 7th graders because I spend the majority of my time trying to fix machines.

Advisory -- Ironing. Strange activity for advisory time but we were trying to iron on school logos to shirts for the students. It is part of the school wide service day. Needless to say we ruined one shirt.

Passing Time -- Fight starts right outside my room with two of my students.

2A -- The rest of my class wants to continue the fight inside my room. It took a lot to settle them down. Finally I get them mostly calm and we start sewing. This is seriously the most challenging class I have so take my sewing dislike and times it by 100 to equal a nightmare.

Now that the stage has been set... During the middle of 2nd, one of the secretaries walks in my room carrying Otter Pops with a poem (read below).

Seriously Teacher Fairy thank you!! Today was not a horrible day but it was such a sweet reminder. Thank you for your thoughtfulness!!! I feel so loved!

"No more pencils
No more books
No more students' dirty looks!

"Look who's made it one whole year.
Mrs. [Lisa], let's give a cheer!

"School's almost out,
My job is done,
Enjoy Otter Pops--
You and Baby Bun'.

"This school year sure has been swell.
Who I am, I'll never tell.
Knowing you smiled on days so rough
Was all I needed; it's thanks enough.

"Love, The Teacher Fairy"

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Car Seat Cover

Time consuming? Yes!

Difficult? Moderately Yes.

Have mistakes? Absolutely Yes.

But was it worth it? Do I like it? Does Casey like it? YES! (However, I don't think that I would ever make something like this again.)

I like the window and if you notice the picture with the cover open, I love seeing "baby bunny" in it! ;)

(I will have to re-find the pattern/ website I generally followed and post a link...)

Saturday, May 5, 2012

33 Weeks

* 33 weeks, 1 day
Baby Bunny is the size of a honeydew melon

* Hello allergies. Never had allergies before and now I'm a sniffling, coughing, eye dripping mess. The only benefit to this is my students have to be quiet to hear me because I can't shout over them.

* Casey rearranged Baby Bunny's room while I was at school. It now looks more like a nursery instead of a furniture storage area. Still need to work on decorating everything.

* Still need to finish the car seat cover. Sigh.

* I decided we should be calling Baby Bunny BABY FURNACE instead. I'm always hot now! So grateful he is due near the beginning of summer and not end!

* Looking forward to... our baby shower, only 18 more school days, taking maternity pictures sometime, oh and meeting Baby Bunny soonish (Not until after school ends though kiddo. Just hang tight for right now!)

Mission Mommyhood

As I was sitting through my sister's missionary themed Sacrament meeting a couple of Sundays ago, I was kind of feeling a little bit sad about never having the opportunity to serve a mission myself. Instead, I married my best friend about five months after he came home from his mission. And seeing how we are the same age, a mission for me was out.

My thoughts have continued to chew on this. And someday when we are all grown up with silver hairs sprouting up all over our heads we are going to serve a mission together. I'm so excited for that because I will always get to be with my favorite companion!

But as for right now, we have a whole life ahead of us to live together. And I thought my mission would have to wait. But I realized I have been called to a different mission...

I am hereby called to serve as a mother. I am assigned to labor in my home. It is anticipated that I will serve for not only a period of 18 years but for all eternity.

I should plan to report to the hospital on or around June 23, 2012. I should prepare to preach the gospel in the English language.

My purpose is to invite Baby Bunny "...to come unto Christ by helping [him] receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end...."

"The Lord will reward you for the goodness of your life. Greater blessings and more happiness than you have yet experienced await you as you humbly and prayerfully serve the Lord in this labor of love among His children. We place our confidence in you and pray that the Lord will help you become an effective [mommy]."

I have been called to a mission! The most sacred and honored position and one that I have been preparing for and anticipating my whole life. And I'm ready to serve!


(Quotes and ideas were taken from my sister's mission call. This post is in no way intended to make fun of or degrade her or any missionary's sacred calling.)