Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Progress, I guess

I went back to the doctor today. My cervix is "ripe and ready to go" as the doc so eloquently phrased it! The only problem? I'm still not dilating and probably won't anymore until labor starts. This is the complete opposite of my pregnancy with T.G. With her, I was dilating but my cervix wasn't ripening. I was going to be sent home from the hospital at 5cm because my cervix wasn't thinning out as quickly as the doctor thought it should be. Thankfully a very nice nurse let us stay the night because T.G. was born about 2 hours after that! Anyway, the doctor did say I was an excellent candidate to be induced if I choose to do so. I don't know what to think about that- I've never had to face that decision before! LOL!

If I do decide to be induced, it won't be for 2 more weeks because the earliest the practice is comfortable inducing is at 39 weeks. Can you imagine me pregnant at 39 weeks? I surely can't!! I am torn on what to do because part of me feels like, by being induced, I am trying to take control and "be God." The other part of me feels like it would be a good idea because then I could prearrange childcare for the kids and not have to worry about who's coming and when and for how long. I have to make my decision by next week so the doctor's office can schedule it with the hospital. Lots of praying for me in this next week!

School is going well. I've been teaching here and there, although next week I am full-fledged teaching and being observed. I am doing a lesson that integrates health, math, reading, and functional skills like cooking and shopping. Can you guess what I'm doing? We're going to be cooking a fruit pizza, but first, we'll talk about how the ingredients are part of a healthy diet and review the Food Guide Pyramid. I'm excited, but overwhelmed. I have to have my lesson written out in a certain format that is VERY time consuming and not very practical. But, it's what the college wants and my grade is based on it so of course I'll do it. On top of writing this lesson, I have to conduct an interview with the mom of one of my students that will take about an hour to an hour and a half in order to determine her learning goals for him. The interview covers all aspects of living from academic to social to communication to functional and so on. It's very inclusive (as it should be) but again, time consuming. I then have to write a report based on my findings and determine the correct placement and goals for the next year for him. Plus, I have a midterm exam on Tuesday that I need to find time to study for. Yeah, school is great!

*I am thankful I will be DONE with school for good in a few months!*