Monday, September 14, 2009

6 days...

I met with six of my classes today. I taught a 5th grade class, a special education class (with grades K-2), a preschool class, 2 1st grades, and one 2nd grade class. I explained to them how Steve and I are adopting a baby. I told them I wanted them to feel prepared so that they wouldn't be surprised when somebody new was teaching their class.

The 5th graders were pretty excited. A couple of them looked a bit sad. I know it's hard - I've taught them since they were in 1st grade, so I have had them for quite a while. One student even wrote me a note last week: "Another year in Art with you unfortunately the last (because she's going to middle school next year). I will always remember you from 6th grade to as long as I live. Thanks for your teaching and advice." She was unhappy today because of the news, but I told her how much I will really miss her and the other students. I also told her how much her note meant to me. She seemed better after that. One of the 5th graders asked if I would bring the baby in for a visit.

The preschool class and the special education class weren't too sure of my news...I'm not sure if they really understood that a substitute would be coming in.

The 2nd grade class was pretty excited. The first graders were the funniest. The substitute who will be in for me had asked if she could spend the afternoon in my room. She wanted to observe and see what types of procedures I was going over with my students. I thought it was great because I was able to introduce her to some of the younger students. Well, two of the kids wanted to know why I couldn't just let the substitute raise the baby and I could just stay and teach them! And one of the other students said he knew why I wanted to "babysit" - because I must really want to change a lot of diapers and be up all night.

Yes, they were pretty funny! I'm sure they shared the news with some of the other students in our school today, so tomorrow should be interesting...

Steve and I have both been nervous and anxious. He said he only got about 3 hours of sleep last night. I slept, but I dreamt that we kept getting the call that the baby had been born. I didn't know if the call was real or if I had been dreaming.

I wanted to say thank you to everyone who posted such nice comments after my last couple of posts. Thanks so much - it means so much to me that you are all so supportive.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

So excited for you and Steve!! Can't believe the due date is only 6 days away!! You will be wonderful parents. Don't worry, raising a baby will come naturally...just lots of love!! Make sure to get some rest :-) Love ya,
Barb and John

Wendy said...

Thanks, Barb and John! Can't wait to catch up with you soon, Barb - I'll try to give you a call this week.

kalibug said...

Thanks for another update!! I know the anxious feeling, we have less than 9 weeks until she gives birth to our son, and I may be crazy by then waiting, lol.

The kids were so funny! I used to substitute. I miss the funny things they used to say.

Erica said...

Woo hoo! It gives me goose bumps each time I think about how close you are! Sounds like you've got good students. Their suggestion to let the sub raise the baby is hilarious! Kids are funny. You DEFINITELY have to remember to put that in your baby book. :P

Erica

myhopefulheart said...

Kids are so funny. I'm glad that you were able to prepare for your absence. I'm sure it was a lot of work, but it will be so worth it when you don't have to think about school when the little one comes home with you.

PS I've been following your blog for a while and am just now coming out of lurker mode. Hi!

Anonymous said...

Dad and I think your students are pretty smart with their ideas. It just shows how much they really like you, Wendy, and enjoy your class.

You and Steve are going to be great parents - just get some sleep now!

Love, Dad and Mom

Dee said...

OOOOHH!!! I am so excited for you! I can't believe it's only a few more days! You guys are going to be FABULOUS parents!

And the kids..how sweet..AND how hilarious! I agree with Erica..put that in your baby book!

birthmothertalks said...

I am excited for you. I think it's cool and sad that your students will miss you. I guess that means your not one of those mean teachers. :)

Leah said...

Such cute comments from the kids. :-D

Anonymous said...

I'm new to the blog but I love your style of writing and reading about your outlook on the baby coming! Sending my best to you and your husband over the next few weeks!

Mary Ann said...

I am so excited for you and your DH. We adopted our DD at birth 5 yrs ago and know what you may be feeling right now.
Continued prayers for you

sarah @ life {sweet} life said...

I love the comments from your kiddos...so cute!! I am so excited for you guys & praying for you!! :)