|My hair really is fixed, that's just a stray piece...ha!|
I go downstairs to make Gage's milk and get his/my breakfast together before I get him out of bed. I figured out long ago the more I get ready before he gets up, the easier things will go....especially these days since he's gotten the memo he's a Terrible Two Year Old. This morning, I packed Gage cereal and yogurt and myself a breakfast bar and applesauce. I know- a healthy meal! Trust me, I wish I had time for something better.
At 535am, Luke comes down the stairs to ask what he can help with. He's right on time every morning and 90% is done.:) Unless of course he oversleeps and isn't even ready himself until I get Gage up. At 550am I get Gage out of bed, this morning he's sleepy since he talked for an hour last night before going to sleep and Luke gets him dressed before we come downstairs. He gets his milk and plays for a few minutes while I finalize what needs to get out of the house and since it's Monday, that means a blanket for him and usually, the journal (not needed today b/c last week was a short week).
We try to leave every morning at 618am, it's the perfect time to get out of the house and to get to daycare 1-2 mins. after they open. Lately though, Gage has fit pitched in the morning and it's a struggle to even get his coat on. This morning we are good to go and end up leaving right on time. Today went really well for a Monday. We show up to daycare 7 mins. after we leave the house and I sit him down to eat breakfast with his friends. Today he chooses to sit by himself (the 1st time ever) and he is happily eating his cereal when I leave.
This morning I pull into the parking lot at 7am on the dot. No traffic for some reason. Typically I spend a good few minutes sitting in the bus traffic leading into the parking lot. Today is my easy day where I only teach 2 classes instead of 3. But during my LONG planning period today I have an IEP meeting with a translator and ESOL teacher, which will make it twice as long. Of course because I'm a teacher I can't disclose specifics about my day due to confidentiality reasons so I'll speak in general terms. I get into school and realize my phone is dead and I've left the only phone charger at home....great! No phone today- hope daycare doesn't need me.
715-830am-This is my planning period and this morning I get everything done that I need to. Copies for my meeting, a few things straightened up. hah....did I say straightened up? Look at my desk- I have a bit of a problem with organization.
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830-10am- My most dreaded class of the week. Nothing of note today, but my gosh are those kids lazy. And I don't use that term lightly, I am not one who assumes every kid who doesn't do work is lazy, but I have never had kids quite like I do this year. Lazy and disrespectful!
1015am- IEP meeting- Student and parents don't show. What should've been 1hr+ meeting just turned into 15 mins. Good for my planning period, but not good because they didn't show. It's so frustrating after we called Mom and asked her twice and she said she'd be there. The kid has an attendance problem anyway, so this wasn't too promising.
By 1045am I'm free to do other work. However, somehow I manage to do so many things that I work through lunch and am having a convo with my AP when I realize I have 10 mins. 'til my next block. I grab a handful of pretzels and a Coke. You'd think in a 2 hr and 10 min planning period I'd have time to eat....but grr...I hate to stop working to eat.
1230pm-2pm- Another one of my least favorite classes, but at least it's the end of the day. This class is GOLDEN compared to my 2nd period. It's not so bad, I get a little work done while they work as well. And did I mention, email the girl who is going to do my new blog design! Finally!
I am busy this week and have appointments EVERY day after school. Today is Gage's tube check for his ear tubes he got last January. This usually takes all of 8 mins. and I get the 'looks good, see you in 4 months' speech. Kind of annoying that I have to leave work before I get everything done to take him for such a short check up. However, who can complain when this is the time and temperature when they get out of work.
|It's the end of November people AND we live in VA!|
|That's right ladies and gents, my contract hours are over at 220pm everyday. Can't complain about that. But explains why I get up so early|
|Gage loves this toy at this doctor's office, he looks so big for it now!|
That's when the appointment proceeded as normal, the NP looked at his ears for 4 mins. and sent us on our way to come back in March when they will probably have already fallen out. Gage got his scarecrow sticker and we were on our way. That's when something noteworthy happened. Gage walked out holding my hand and walked the entire length of the parking lot (probably 100 yards or so) by himself and didn't ask ONE time to 'get up'. It was crazy. See, Gage can't even walk out his classroom and out the door of day care without asking me at least 3 times and then most of the time has a meltdown when I won't pick him up. I was actually pretty proud of him! Since we went to the dr. and waited AND he was good AND walked, we went to CFA to get a special treat. Ice cream and a brownie!
He also got to play in the play area which he never gets to do because there are so many big kids trying to run him over. There was noone there and he really enjoyed it.