We are getting there! Baby McClannon is due at the end of January and I am 28 weeks along today – officially into my third trimester! I had my first baby shower this past weekend, which was such a special time to celebrate with so many people I love! We are gearing up for two more weekends of showers before Thanksgiving, so it is a busy time – but full of great things!
We have an ultrasound appointment next week to check in on baby M and re-check all of his measurements. The doctors have been keeping a close eye on my blood pressure, so they want to keep an even closer eye on baby’s growth. They also put me on a low dose of blood pressure medicine at my last check-up. I had a hard time with this at first, but I know it’s fairly common in pregnancies and I have to remind myself that the doctors are the experts and are looking out for everyone’s best interest – so I’m rolling with it! This most likely means that baby will be induced early, either at 39 or 37 weeks – still full-term. So that part is to be determined, and since it’s out of my hands, I am going ahead and planning on the earliest possibility for my sub plans at school.
Everyone wants to know his name, but we haven’t named him yet! So far we are just calling him Baby McClannon. We have also been calling him Jett, which is what some of my students named him months ago and we have been using it as a place keeper for when we have a real name – but that one’s just for fun! We have discussed names but are not deciding or announcing until we meet our guy. My students are really hopeful that Jett will stick!
Another thing everyone asks is if our nursery is all set. That answer is a big NO – our nursery is more or less nonexistent! I mean, we have the room, and we have a lot of things dumped into the room…but that’s about it! We figured we would wait until our showers are complete and we have our “baby stuff” to start organizing and getting things settled. My goal for that is to work on the nursery over Thanksgiving break! We will paint it and start getting the room together and organized. I’m excited to see it come together! I have a vision, so we’ll see how it actually turns out 🙂
I am planning to take 12 weeks off from work. That means, as a teacher, if you’ve never thought about it…I have to write 12 weeks’ worth of lesson plans for a substitute to carry out for me. I probably won’t even get to meet my kids for second semester, so my long-term sub is going to be starting the semester with my students and I’ll return probably sometime in April, depending on when the baby comes. So that means probably after spring break, when there are no more breaks in the year, right before summer break comes and the school is at its tipping point! Haha! That is giving me a large amount of stress, but I am working through it slowly and surely! I just hope my classes aren’t completely off the wall when I come back! (They will be). This is a PSA for someone to create a foolproof maternity sub plan system for all teachers who go on leave.
So overall, things are moving right along over here! All of our check ups and measurements of baby so far have been “perfectly normal,” which I’m told is the best thing! I am loving being pregnant and I’m so thankful for this addition to our family. I know that it isn’t easy or even possible for everyone, and I am truly grateful for a mostly uneventful and “typical” pregnancy. I can’t wait to introduce our son (!!!) to the dogs, and to settle into our new normal after the initial chaos of bringing home a newborn! I am ready for it and I know it will be so hard, but so worth it. I can’t wait to see Andrew as a dad!