Thursday, August 6, 2015

24 weeks

24 weeks! Baby is the size of an ear of corn! We made it to the point where if, God forbid, Cason decided to make an entrance into this world now... he would have an okay chance of surviving- although he would be teeny teeny tiny and spend a LOT of time in the NICU. So let's just silently praise that we made it this far but hope it doesn't happen. 

This past week, we ordered and received Cason's crib mattress for the nursery. The crib looks so much better just having a mattress in it! Speaking of the nursery, I left the door open to the nursery for an entire night and day... didn't notice it until I got home from work! I was scared to go in and look around because the dogs had been out all day and night! And I just knew Benni went in there and ate the baby's stuffed animals and shoes!! He tries to do that right in front of me, so I figured there was a pretty good chance he'd take advantage of us not being there! But, to my surprise, I don't think the dogs even noticed that the door was open! Everything was safe and sound :) Regardless, I won't test that out again, if I can help it. 

At work and home, it is getting harder to bend down and pick things up! I have to side bend. Or really contemplate how badly I want what I dropped. Or ask Ian to get it. Or let the dogs get it if it's food ;) 

At work, I have become a little crazy about germs. If you could record my sessions with my students, you'd probably hear WAY MORE of these types of things coming out of my mouth than usual: 
"Please keep my pencil out of your mouth."
"Go wash your hands."
"These are my toys and I do not want them in your mouth."
"I know you have a loose tooth but please keep your fingers out of your mouth." 
"Go wash your hands."
"If you have to cough, please cough the other way and cover your mouth."
"I do not want your germs." 
"Go wipe your nose with a tissue... now sanitize your hands."
"Seriously... you have got to stop picking at that scab. I don't want to see your hands touching it again." 
"No really, go wash your hands."
"Oh you have a doctors appointment today? What is it for?" (As I scoot away a little and make a mental note to go wash MY hands)

KIDS ARE SO GROSS!!!!!!! And my patience is wearing thin!!!! I have a baby to protect!! My poor speech therapist friend, who also happens to be pregnant, is much more patient than I am. The other day, a student of ours noticed that the therapist had a pen mark on her hand. So the student took it upon herself to lick her finger and try to wipe the mark off of the therapist. I would have died. 

So I am trying my best to keep myself healthy but man, they make it so difficult!!! 

This past week and weekend, some serious nesting kicked in. I want to finish as many projects that we had planned as we can before a) the baby comes and b) I get too big to participate/assist. Although Ian doesn't let me help much anyway! We finally bought some new cushions for our front porch chairs... before this they had no cushions at all. 

We also got back to work restoring this old mantle for our "faux fireplace". You may have seen this picture a long time ago... 

I just really want somewhere to hang our stockings this year!!! We will have an extra one to add to the collection after all! So this project has been put on fast forward and will hopefully be finished by this weekend thanks to Ian's hard work! We've re-filled the holes and sanded it back down. Caulked, primed, and painted it and added a sort of frame to it. We will be mounting the TV above it. But right now we are working on building the actual mantle for the top because it was missing that piece when we got it. It will probably look similar to our kitchen shelves, because I love them so much and want to put them everywhere. It will be white with a wood mantle like this:

 I haven't quite figured out what I want to do for the inside of it because we will need to hide our plugs, but that will come in time. Here are a few ideas: 




Wood slices?? 

We shall see... I'm SOOOO excited! 

Oh, and here's my 24 week picture!  

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