Wednesday, November 16, 2011

It's been a little while since I've blogged, so I guess this will be a catch up post.  I'll start with yesterday...

I was so bummed yesterday morning when I left for work because I knew I was going to miss the Thanksgiving lunch for parents at Ellie's preschool.  I don't get to go to her preschool events because I'm always working, and I miss her fall and spring breaks because they are scheduled on different weeks than mine.  Usually that doesn't bother me too much, but yesterday it really did.  Well, my principal heard me talking about missing the lunch and she said to hurry up or I would miss it all together and that she would get someone to cover my class for me!  I was so excited and I was smiling so wide that I thought my face would split it two!  Billy and I had a great time getting to eat a delicious meal with Ellie in her environment with all of her friends and the wonderful teachers at her preschool.  Here are some pictures of us in her classroom after we ate...

She looked a little rough, but that's what happens when you're having a good time at preschool!

Today I got to leave school 2 hours early for an OB check-up.  I drove home, picked up Billy and Ellie, and we headed to Murfreesboro.  Billy and I were both starved so we stopped at McDonald's on the way (the burgers were gross by the fries were so yummy!).  Ellie was kind of grumpy and difficult because I had to wake her up from her nap so we could leave this afternoon.  The fish tank in the waiting room kept her attention until we had to go back to the exam room.  She didn't like being cooped up!  Dr. Jones thought she was just adorable and was so pleased to hear that she is healthy after all of the problems I had with her being too small while I was pregnant with her.  Ellie showed off for Dr. Jones and completely stole the appointment!  We got to hear the baby's heartbeat though and it sounded really strong and loud!  She calculated it be about 159 beats per minute...pretty average and just slightly higher than Ellie's was at that stage.  We scheduled an ultrasound to find out the gender on December 20th, a wonderful Christmas present!  I can't wait to find out if we are going to have another daughter or our first son.  Either way, though, we will be thrilled as long as the baby is healthy and growing well. 

Ellie seems to learn or say something new every day, and I am told that this age (17 months) begins a period of rapid growth in language and communication skills.  Right now she wants to wash her hands all the time (thanks preschool!), and she will rub her little hands together and say "wash" so clearly.  She says cup (bup) and up (pup) as well as "Jodi Mama" whenever she wants to get my attention.  She has taken a liking to DVDs and will watch for about 10 minutes at a time before she gets bored and finds something else to do.  She's never really been very interested in TV, so 10 minutes seems to be good for her!  She likes watching Veggie Tales and listening to their Christmas Sing-Along Songs.  She has also begun to whine a lot, which we are not so thrilled with and we are trying to teach her that whining will not get her what she wants.  I think this will be a struggle for a while! 
Anyway, it has been a great week!  My 4th graders rocked out on the Veteran's Day program on Friday and I couldn't be more proud of the way they honored our veterans who were in attendance.  Now I just need to get my Christmas program ready to go...this could be a real challenge!  Wish me luck!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thursday, Ellie, and baby names

I've been sitting here for a few minutes trying to think of something really cute and crafty to start my blog with, but I can't think of's Thursday.  I knew it was Thursday about the time a sharp pencil went whizzing by my head this morning while I was playing the piano for my 5th graders!  However, I got a lot accomplished today and even started to work on the yearbook.  I think it's kind of funny that I will be on maternity leave when the yearbook gets handed out in May...
Enough about work, though.  Ellie and I had a great evening!  I love it when she is in a good mood, and she certainly was today.  She is very girly in that she loves to wear "bracelets", which are actually teething rings, around her wrists.  She also saw my necklace this afternoon and just had to wear it so I put it on her and she pranced around the house with a big smile on her face:)  She said "eewy" for the first time today, which translates as "shoo-ee" in grown-up language.  I sometimes smell her feet and say shoo-ee and she giggles like crazy.  Well, while I was changing her diaper today she pulled her sock off, stuck it to her nose, and said, "eewy!"  I couldn't help but laugh, so she did  it over and over again. 
Ellie and I made cookies today too, which really means that I made cookies while she ran around finding things to get into and begging to be picked up because I wasn't paying attention to her.  They are called whoopie pies (yep, I know) and they were soooo yummy!  I brought them to band practice and now they are all gone...we certainly didn't need to keep them around the house!  Ellie was pretty good for band practice tonight.  She ran around with a pacifier in her mouth for a good portion of the time.  I really don't understand her...she refused the pacifier as a baby and now she throws a fit if I don't let her play with them!  I hope it's just a toy for her because we certainly aren't starting that habit at this point!
I had a dream this morning before my alarm went off, and in the dream the new baby's name was Mallie.  We are at such a loss when it comes to baby names so I guess we'll hold on to that one for a while as an idea.  It's crazy the things that a pregnant brain comes up with!  If anyone has any good suggestions for baby names, we can't do much worse than Baby #2 Levengood, which is what Billy has suggested...feel free to share your ideas!
I am tired and I can tell it from my writing, so I guess this is good night, or as we would say to Ellie, "Night night!"