About one-and-a-half week ago we discovered a small bump on the inside of our dog’s left ear. It had been more than a year ago since we had discovered a small growth on the side of his lip. I felt the bump in his year with my fingertips and immediately thought it wasn’t looking good: it was hard like another growth and not soft like a ‘regular’ inflammation. When I went into the vet’s office last Thursday, she confirmed my worries. She wanted to take a biopsy specimen from the growth with a hollow needle. She used three different needles but none contained anything useful. And so it came to be that my husband could bring our dog to the vet’s office again the following morning for the growth to be surgically removed.
I was not completely ‘there’ at work on Friday. I kept thinking about Rufus being anesthetized on the operating table and having to come back groggy with stitches in his ear and wearing a so-called ‘Elizabethan Collar’ – not to mention the waiting for the results…
Fortunately, Rufus quickly recovered from the anesthesia and the surgery as a whole. The vet managed to cut the growth out and sow everything back together quite nicely. Now that we don’t have any painkillers to give him, the itching sometimes gets the better of him, but we’re keeping a close eye on him when we’re at home. When we’re away or at night – when we’re sleeping – he has to wear the collar.
We should have the results of the biopsy by the end of the week. Fingers crossed everything will turn out fine!
22+1 to be exact. Things are picking up: at work as well as my own studies which are starting up again today. I’m feeling well the majority of the time. I only notice I’m sleeping lighter and sometimes I have the worst heartburn… But that’s about it really. Last week I gained half a kilo and my belly has grown about 1 cm.
At work, my students are particularly interested in the baby: baby names, if she’s kicking yet, how I’m feeling. Of course, since I’m at least as excited as they are, I have the tendency to go along with their talk and questions. However, I have to consciously decide to cut them off at one point because they’re there to learn other stuff as well!
The most exciting and anticipated thing happened this week. On Saturday morning we were having breakfast in bed and I could feel the baby move really well. So I told my husband to put his hand on my belly and be patient. Sure enough, after a while she started moving and she just didn’t seem to want to stop. That was the first time my husband could feel the baby move. On Sunday, it was my mother-in-law’s turn, but the baby only moved once that time. Now my sister-in-law can’t wait to feel her move, but every time she puts her hand on my belly, there’s no movement to be felt whatsoever. I guess she’ll just have to be a little bit more patient.
I have now told all the students I teach that I’m expecting and their reactions were all really nice. It started on the first day of lessons with a new group I teach. There was this girl who said she wanted to ask me something. The other students she was sitting with were kind of laughing hysterically and told her that she shouldn’t ask me the question she was wanting to ask. Eventually, she walked up to me and asked if I was thinking of having children. And I told her, yes, I was. Then she asked me if I was expecting one now and I told her yes. She congratulated me and walked back to her laughing classmates with a gloating smile upon her face. Priceless. To spare my other students all this embarrassment, I decided to just come out and tell them.
I had another appointment at the midwife that same day and my husband decided that he didn’t want to come along because she would just ask me how I was feeling, make a note of my weight (with all of my clothes on) and blood pressure and listen to the baby’s heartbeat. My mother-in-law, however, decided that she wanted to come along. Although she was glad she’d gone with me, she told me afterwards that she could understand my husband a bit better now. Everything was fine. by the way. Blood pressure was even a bit lower than last time. I’m now steadily gaining weight and the baby’s heart sounded great again.
Today (like every other week) I measured my belly and it’s grown 2 cm (0.8 in) in just one week. It’s crazy how fast everything seems to be going now…
Recently I read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald since it is a book I would like to discuss with my upper school students this year. Of course, it is not a coincidence that I chose to discuss this particular book. One of the reasons being that a recent film adaptation has been done by Baz Luhrmann, the guy who also did an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (Romeo + Juliet). The latter film got people saying it was done in an MTV-style: flashing images, bright colours, lots of popular music on the soundtrack (Des’ree, The Cardigans, Garbage, and Radiohead a.o.). I have watched this film more times than I can count (also in the classroom) and I never get bored with it.
So, of course I would like to read The Great Gatsby with my students and, after that, watch the new film. Again, I love the way Luhrmann has put this book on the siilver screen, how he modernized it yet stayed true to the era in which The Great Gatsby was written and takes place: the 1920s.
For this film, Luhrmann worked together with producer and musician Jay-Z, trying to translate the music typical for the 1920s into something modern and popular. The resulting original soundtrack for the film is amazing; it blows my mind. Artists featuring on the soundtrack are Jay-Z himself and his wife Beyoncé, but we also find Florence + The Machine, Gotye, Fergie, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Jack White, Emeli Sandé, and Lana del Rey. Beyoncé translated Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black together with André 300 with great results. In its turn, Emeli Sandé sang Crazy in Love (originally by Beyoncé). A mindblowing rendition of Love is Blindness (originally U2) by Jack White, made me fall in love with the soundtrack immediately; just listen to that guitar solo (1:57)! A truly beautiful song from the soundtrack is Lana Del Rey’s Young and Beautiful.
Before watching the film with my students, I’m planning to do a little detour into the 1920s music scene (charleston, Louis Armstrong, etc.) and then let the students decide whether they think Jay-Z managed to capture the 1920s atmosphere on the The Great Gatsby soundtrack.
I recommend having both a watch and a listen!
20 weeks pregnant and back to work again. I have to say, It’ll probably take some getting used to. Right after I get home in the afternoon, I just have to take a nap or I’ll get a splitting head ache.
I’m still steadily gaining some weight and that’s encouraging and probably good, too, since the baby should be going through a small growth spurt just about now.
Another thing work-related is that for the last couple of weeks of my holiday, I was used to feeling the baby move during the day when I was sitting down. but while working I’m either not able to feel anything if she’s moving, or she’s just not moving at all. Either way, it kind of makes me nervous. So, when I get back, right before I take my nap I sit down for a couple of minutes and wait to feel her move (which she does, luckily).
My belly seems to be growing, but not so much outwards as upwards. The size of my belly, when measured with a tape measure, doesn’t seem to increase. However, I have noticed a slight change in shape.
Coming Monday will involve another visit to the midwife to talk about the 20-week scan. I also made an appointment for a scan at 28 weeks and then we’ll do the whole shebang (2D/3D pictures and a 4D DVD). I’m really looking forward to that.
A lot of my colleagues now know that I’m expecting, but I didn’t tell my students yet. For some reason I find it hard to find a good moment to do that. They haven’t asked me anything either, although I saw some of them staring at my belly probably thinking “wow, she really let herself go during the summer.”
Monday marked the beginning of a new school year. As usual, the first day is just for teachers, and meetings, and lots of info.
Today I saw my students again after the 8-week-long summer break. Some were still in their beach outfits, others were displaying signs of severe over-relaxation, and a few actually seemed to be glad to be going to school again. Some parents will probably be happy, too.
This week, my students will participate in a couple of activities, two of which will be directed towards doing research. Another one will be just for fun and some team-building and will involve climbing trees.
I’ll also be taking some time to get my students just a little bit better by doing 20-minute coaching sessions with them.
Somewhere during the next couple of days, I will also have to finish all my preparations for next weeks, when the actual lessons will start. I’ll be happy when that time comes, since that will mean order and regularity.
Besides, I’m curious how my pregnant body will cope with a tight schedule…
Yesterday we had our 20-week scan and it was amazing. Due to DNA testing that had to be done because of some hereditary business we had to deal with early on in the pregnancy, we already knew we were going to have a girl, so gender-wise it wasn’t all that exciting. However, since it is considered to be a medical scan we were excited to find out if everything was going okay and if she was looking healthy. It had been almost ten weeks since our first (and last) ultrasound.
The entire scan lasted about 30 minutes and it was amazing how much detail the ultrasound gave us. You could literally count all her phalanges, vertebrae and ribs and we could also see her moving in there. To make a long story short, everything looked great and she is developing and growing well. They estimated her at about 330 gr (11.6 oz), and her femur (top leg) measured at 3,25 cm (1.3 in).
At the end she was also drinking amniotic fluid; we could see her taking a couple of gulps of it. Again, amazing!