Saturday, January 22, 2011
Michaela now weighs about 1 1/2 pounds, and is 8 1/2 inches from crown to rump. I feel her moving around throughout the day, but especially in the late afternoons and evenings when I'm sitting on the couch or resting in bed. Her movements are now strong enough to be felt with my hand on my belly at times. That is such a delight!
I'm feeling okay. I still have headaches almost daily. They are worse the more I exert myself or feel stressed. The hunger is still crazy. I have to eat all the time. Although I'm not nauseous anymore, I still throw up a meal or two each week due to a very sensitive gag reflex and reflux issues. Sleeping has been better the last couple of nights since I received a new pregnancy pillow. The first pillow I purchased was not a good fit for me, but the Boppy Cuddle Pillow is. One of the strangest new things is that I am more and more absentminded. I know that's typical during pregnancy, but it's a new thing for me. I have a mind like a steel trap! What's going on?!
Work has been great. My co-teacher is fabulous and we make a terrific team. The first two days I was back before she started, I came home feeling terrible. It was just too much for me and I had terrible headaches. Since she started a week ago Wednesday, we have been sharing the load and I have been able to finish the day feeling better. Unfortunately, we only have one more week to work together. I was just told after school on Friday that the district has received complaints about the arrangement. Therefore, I will be transitioning out of the classroom, and I will start supporting our school's RtI program in the weeks or months I have left before my leave begins. Basically, I will be working with small groups of children who need intervention. I'm willing to do what they need me to, but I am very disappointed. I was really enjoying the arrangement with my co-teacher, my students were benefiting from things we were able to with two teachers, and I will miss my students. There's more to it than I will go into here, and I do have hurt feelings about it. Apparently I am the object of a lot of scorn. It's really time for me to work some place else. Sigh...
This weekend I will be attending a widows retreat. It started last night, but I didn't have the wherewithal after teaching all day to make the drive out to the retreat location and attend the night session. So, I'll head out there this morning instead. I'm looking forward to connecting with others and spending time with a friend who is a young widow like me. I'll blog about it next week.