#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 6.1.15

What Are You Reading? was first hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. If you’d rather follow folks who are reading books for grown ups, you should follow her Monday meme. I am  participating in the kidlit version of this meme (although sometimes I actually read books for grown ups).

In print:  Reading The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Series by Smith.

Listening to: Just finished Moran’s How to be a Woman. I liked it. Getting ready to start a new book.

To Baby: All the board books. I try to keep track on Goodreads, but we read alot…it is my go to activity (obviously)…I’m not sure what else I am supposed to do with a newborn. We play on our playmats and then we read. We coo and spit up and then we read. We take a nap and then we read. We eat and then we read.

What are you reading?

VBF

PS – It’s June 1…#bookaday challenge for me starts TODAY! 

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Maternity Leave – Weeks 7 – 10? 11? The rest of it…

Early in my maternity leave, I wrote that I did not want this blog to turn into a “mommy blog.” If you are wondering why I seem to have stopped updating, it’s because that’s all I have to talk about! Mommy stuff! So, instead of boring you with diaper change stories, nap schedules, and things like that – I just haven’t updated…until now! I waited until now to bore you with that stuff.

Since my last update, things haven’t changed too much. I did have my 6 week checkup and I was cleared to go back to normal. I’ve been going to yoga and working out and lifting whatever I want, so that has been wonderful. I know a lot of people hate working out and would rather have a doctor’s notice telling them not to, but working out is what keeps me sane, so I was happy to get back to it.

I finished up my National Board Renewal stuff…now I just have to wait and see what happens.

I have been doing some planning for next school year (by “planning,” I mean thinking and pinning). I know we are going to do our regular events, like Star Wars READS Day, Digital Learning Day, makerspace stuff, and an author visit. Looking for inspiration for new stuff too.

Baby is fantastic. She is already 2 months old (actually, 11 weeks). She is sleeping through the night (we are so lucky, I know). She is sticking to her schedule, for the most part. We are using Babywise to guide us in our schedule…not doing everything in the book (not going to “cry it out,” we are using sleep props, etc.) but the schedules are wonderful and very helpful.

We have started going to Hello, Baby! storytime at the public library. LOVE IT and I am totally using some of the tricks and things they do in my preschool storytime next year. A few things I’ve picked up:

*Bubbles and music at the end. This is so fun and makes me want to do a bubble-theme storytime next year. Basically, you (the adult) blow bubbles while music is playing. The babies and toddlers are in awe.

*I’ve learned some new fingerplays and movement activities that I plan to use with my Kindergarteners and my preschoolers. Simple rhymes like (if we are standing) “1-2-3, sit with me.”

*A basket of books to checkout at the end. I’m not sure why I haven’t done this in the past. My preschoolers can check out 1 book. The whole time I have done storytime, I have let them wander around and choose whatever, where ever. This is fine, and I still plan to allow this, but I am also going to start filling a basket of great books geared towards that age group to have out at the end. They can just choose from there! I think parents will be happy because they won’t have to chase their kid around the library.

*You do not always have to have a theme! There does not appear to be a theme to any of the storytimes I have been to. Yes, we’ve read great books and we’ve done some dancing and singing and fingerplays, but they do not actually all connect. This is magic for me! I spend so much time thinking of a theme, finding fingerplays that go with the theme, themed books, snack, etc. Sometimes, it can just be a random storytime of favorites! Totally going to do that a few times next school year.

So, that’s what I’ve been up to for the past few weeks. The last day of school is coming soon, so I’ll be on summer vacation instead of maternity leave! YAY!

How have you been?

VBF

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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 5.4.15

What Are You Reading? was first hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. If you’d rather follow folks who are reading books for grown ups, you should follow her Monday meme. I am  participating in the kidlit version of this meme (although sometimes I actually read books for grown ups).

I’m still reading! Just not updating the blog like I used to! This baby sure is time consuming! ;)

In print: Finished and enjoyed both The Last Time we Say Goodbye by Hand and The Rosie Project by Simsion (print). I am getting ready to start reading The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Series by Smith. My MIL just have me the whole series (she loves them), so I figured I would check them out!

Listening to: Still working on The Girl on the Train by Hawkins.

To Baby: More board books! I’m checking out stacks from the public library each week. We read a new one each night before bedtime. Last night was Little Blue and Little Yellow by Lionni. 

What are you reading?

VBF

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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 4.13.15

What Are You Reading? was first hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. If you’d rather follow folks who are reading books for grown ups, you should follow her Monday meme. I am  participating in the kidlit version of this meme (although sometimes I actually read books for grown ups).

It’s been a couple of weeks since I updated!

In print:  Finished Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern and On Becoming Baby Wise by Ezzo.  I liked Say What You Will. It is a YA love story, but the characters aren’t your typical teens. One suffers from OCD and the other has cerebral palsy. I couldn’t help but think about Out of My Mind by Draper while reading it. I also finished On Becoming Baby Wise. I don’t agree with everything in this book, but there are some good tidbits that I am totally working into our baby schedule. I am now reading Cherish the First 6 Weeks by Moon (noticing a theme here?), The Last Time we Say Goodbye by Hand (eBook that I am reading before bed when the lights have to be out), and The Rosie Project by Simsion (print).

Listening to: Started over with The Girl on the Train by Hawkins. Still not driving too many places yet, but soon – so soon!

To Baby: Reading lots of Boynton books. I checked out my first large stack of board books from the public library the other day. I am keeping track of all the books I read to baby on my Goodreads.

What are you reading?

VBF

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Maternity Leave – Weeks 5 & 6

I really don’t want this blog to turn into a mommy blog, but that’s totally what this post basically is.

Baby is one month old already! That’s just nuts. Is there something in babies that makes them age faster than everyone else? She is smiling a lot, but not really at us…I think it’s gas :) I’m not counting that as her first smile yet! She’s getting bigger and sleeping at night (for now). She’s a beautiful baby and makes us so happy!

Weeks 5 & 6 have been very much like the rest of my maternity leave – working on National Boards (little by little) while baby naps; doing laundry (so.much.laundry); pumping; feeding baby; preparing bottles…everyday is pretty much the same. There are days where we have special visitors, so that’s fun, but for the most part – my day is still all baby, all the time! I’m not yet really leaving the house with her (there have been a couple of outings, but not many)…I’m still following doctor’s orders and taking it easy…that is so very hard for me! My 6 week check up is coming up very soon and I will be happy when I get the okay to do more.

When I was writing about my Learning Commons, I often wrote about the technology I was using with my students. I haven’t stopped using technology…so, I thought that I would share how I am using it as a MOM. My iPhone has a whole new purpose for me now. I’m not quite sure what I would do without it. First of all, it is the main way I am still interacting with the world – texts and FB messages are so much easier for me than actually picking up the phone and talking with someone and since I’m not really seeing many folks face to face at the moment, my phone is the way I am keeping up! Social networks have been great. FB because of the messaging back and forth with friends, but also because of the Facebook groups I have found that have been very helpful in the last few weeks, in particular Babywearers of the Midlands and La Leche League of the South Carolina Midlands. There are also lots of fun “mommy” folks to follow on Instagram. The alarm feature on my phone is probably the most important thing to me right now – I have set alarms for when baby is “supposed” to eat (of course, if she is hungry before the alarm goes off, we feed her…duh); when baby is “supposed” to nap; etc. I know it might seem so crazy to try to be scheduling this baby already, but my husband and I NEED it.  The timer on my phone has been super important. As part of my after baby care, I am supposed to take a sitz bath for 15 – 20 minutes two times a day. If it were left up to me to stay in that tub, I would never stay in as long as I am supposed to – I am always ready to get out and move on to whatever is next on my “to do” list…that timer makes me stay put. I have also found a couple of apps that I am using a good bit – the What to Expect When you are Expecting app (free) was great when I was pregnant, but it is also good now – everyday there is a post for after baby  – everything from what your baby “should” be doing now to how mom should be feeling, etc. I am also loving the Baby Connect app.  This app is pricey ($4.99), but I think it is worth it. My husband and I both have it on our phones and right now, we use it to track baby’s diapers and feedings. The cool thing about it is the app syncs itself every now and then. If my husband adds something to his Baby Connect on his phone, I will get it on my phone (he does the middle of the night diaper changing and feedings – I’m lucky, I know – and he can add those things to the app on his phone and then neither one of us has to worry about it…I learned at our first pediatrician’s appointment that we are actually supposed to be tracking these things). There are lots of other features included on the app too, for example, it looks like in the future, we can use it to schedule appointments and things for baby so that we both know everything that is happening (without, you know, having to talk to each other). I’m also using the Tiny Beans app to remind me to take a picture every day of baby (like I need a reminder! But, wait…I do). I found this app about 3 weeks in…luckily, I had taken a picture of baby every day, so I was able to catch up. I know I’ll love looking at this in a few months, when we can really see how much she has grown. Speaking of taking pictures, the camera feature on my phone has been very important! All that’s on my phone right now is pictures of this baby and my dogs. And books.

See? I’m still using technology everyday ;)

VBF

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#imwayr It’s Monday! What are you reading?! 3.30.15

What Are You Reading? was first hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. If you’d rather follow folks who are reading books for grown ups, you should follow her Monday meme. I am  participating in the kidlit version of this meme (although sometimes I actually read books for grown ups).

In print:  Still working on Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern. Also, still reading On Becoming Baby Wise by Ezzo. 

Listening to: Haven’t read anymore of The Girl on the Train by Hawkins…YET. I am driving again, however, so I hope to have more audio book time in the near future!

To Baby: Still into the little black, red, and white infant book that came with a sample of formula I got.  We are reading Snuggle Puppy! by Boynton at bedtime and we love Eric Carle’s My Very First Book of Shapes.  We have a subscription to Babybug, so we’ve been reading and rereading that too.

What are you reading?

VBF

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Maternity Leave – Week 4

So, on Tuesday, we will have a 3 week old! Time is already moving by very fast!

This past week was a little better than the weeks before…in fact, each day is a little better than the one before it. The hubs and I are slowly getting the hang of things and figuring out each other’s responsibilities. My day is all about the baby (of course) – feeding her, playing with her, doing her laundry, and watching her sleep. I’m really trying to take little naps when she naps, but mostly I end up just watching her sleep. This does not make for a very productive day, but that’s okay.

We took some big steps this week – went on our first walk in the stroller around the neighborhood AND I left the house! I drove myself somewhere…TWICE! I never knew a trip to Walmart could be so exciting…baby stayed home with my husband and the in-laws. I’m taking her out in public for the first time on Tuesday…we’ll see how that goes!

As for work stuff this week, I did manage to work on National Boards for a bit (when I wasn’t watching baby nap, I worked on NB during nap time); I still made sure to check work email; I pinned some things for next year; and I started to go through a big stack of professional magazines that I have not been touching for awhile.

How was your week?

VBF

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