Oversharer

I just can’t decide what to do with this silly, slightly embarrassing blog. I have thought about deleting it but then realized that I need a place to share the one thousand pictures I take of my child and my dog. So instead of being an oversharer/poster on Facebook I will just be one on here! Lucky you.

Updates: in case you missed it- we had a baby and we are kind of crazy about him.

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I’ve thought about posting his birth story but it would be a million pages long and might make me sound slightly dramatic. The short version: I was in labor for 12 hours and then we realized Colin was breech. He was born via c-section on March 10. He weighed 9 pounds 1.5 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long. Between a stomach virus and dehydration, his birth, and an infection afterwards we stayed in the hospital a total of 9 days. For the love.

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It’s true what they say- that you’ll find yourself a few weeks after they’re born and you’ll be so in love with this tiny human that you say you’d do it all again in a heartbeat.

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Don’t you worry about Elaine- she is adjusting just fine. She does, however, think that some of Colin’s stuff is for her. Is this a play mat thing or Elaine’s new bed?

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She loves him as long as he doesn’t cry. Crying scares her.

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I think they will be the best of friends.

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So there you have it- Colin was born, Elaine is her same spazzy self and our hearts have never been so full.

Almost There!

Holy cow, it’s already February! How did that happen?! I haven’t been updating because there hasn’t been anything exciting to share. I don’t even have pretty Maine winter pictures to show you because I haven’t gone outside for an extended period of time (besides for recess duty!) since November. It has been FREEZING COLD and really icy this winter.

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See? I’m not just being dramatic. ;) We are anxiously awaiting the birth of our baby boy and the arrival of Spring (I say this as we’re in the middle of a 14 inch snow storm…)!

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Tomorrow I will be 36 weeks! The third trimester has been very good to me- I’ve had a lot more energy and in general just feel good. I’m still running and have actually been faster (as in faster than 11:00 pace, ha!) these past few weeks than I have been my whole pregnancy. Apparently gaining 33 (!!!!) pounds makes you faster. I usually do 3-4 miles every other day.

We had a half day of school today because of snow and while I took a nap this afternoon Nick nested.

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Elaine is really scared of the play yard- I think she’s afraid we’re going to put her in it!

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She also cannot figure out how Nick is inside the video monitor.

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Maybe tomorrow we’ll venture out and take a walk in the winter wonderland. Or we’ll just lay around.

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…maybe my next post will be the announcement of Colin’s birth! Pray with me that I do NOT go into labor on my due date because my mom won’t be able to be there (I’ve never hated the MCAS more…)! Maybe he could come a week early and be born on my dad and brothers birthday :)

Christmas Vacation

It’s the first day of Christmas vacation… And I’ve been up since 5:30 (which technically is sleeping in, so I’ll take it!). The last three weeks have been CRAZY and I’m actually not sure how I survived. Teaching before Christmas is more exhausting than running any marathon. I promise.

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The snow has started falling here in Maine and from what I learned last year- once it starts, it doesn’t stop! We were snowed in last weekend and as I write this we are waiting out an ice storm. Thankfully, we still have friends come visit us ;).

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Pregnancy wise- I have been feeling really good (except for catching a stomach bug a few weeks ago…). Nick bought me a treadmill for Christmas and gave it to me after Thanksgiving because it was already so icy outside (and -14 degrees). I’ve been running a little more than I was earlier in my pregnancy- but just because I’m feeling so much better.

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Nick sold some of his books in order to pay for the treadmill. That’s true love, people. He loves his books as much as I love Elaine.

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(This situation didn’t end so well….)

We’re now in the third trimester!! I feel like I woke up one morning and had suddenly passed from “cute” to “that’s huge.”

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Some things students have said:

*they have named our baby “Taco” and will only refer to him as that (6th graders don’t make sense…)

“I can’t wait for Taco to get here so I can trade Pokemon cards with him.”

“If you send Taco to this school, I bet he will hate gym because that teacher makes you exercise.”

“Mrs. Lutzo, did you know that sometimes pregnant women are really grumpy?” Me: “Yes, do your math!!!”

This happened on Friday:…this student (who shockingly is the same student who never knows what’s for homework, or what page we’re on, etc…)…”Wait…what?!? Mrs. Lutzo, you’re having a baby?!?”
“Yes”
“Is it a girl or a boy?”
“A boy.”
“Oh, that’s too bad. But congratulations anyway.”

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!

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Turkey Trotters

We had a great Thanksgiving! The day started off with a little 5k and I think everyone had fun. Maybe.

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My goal for the race was to run it in 34:00 but I didn’t really know what to expect because I’m learning that pregnant bodies are unpredictable. I started off the first mile slow and then realized that I was feeling really good so I spent the last two miles passing all kinds of people. I would never consider myself a competitive person but passing people when you are pregnant is exciting. I crossed the finish line at 30:17- my slowest 5k ever and probably the one I am most proud of.

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Also, I don’t know if I’ve introduced you guys to this handsome little fella. This is my parents (really mine…I manipulated my dad into buying him when I was in 7th grade) dog, Calvin. He is the worst dog on the planet and he is incredibly old and he just won’t die. He has eaten remotes, a box of staples, and tons of chocolate.

Something very exciting: my brother is engaged! I stole this picture from their Facebook because I forgot to take one. We like her- a lot!

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And then we went Black Friday shopping til I couldn’t stand up anymore. Best deal I found: this holiday sweater for Lainey.

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Baby update: I don’t have anything to compare this to but I feel like this kid is outa control in there. My mom got to feel him kick while I was home!

I read somewhere that he can recognize our voices now! Nick preached today and in case you were wondering- Nick with a microphone is extremely loud. And our little Colin was going CRAZY! HA!

ONLY 15 TEACHING DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS BREAK!!!

Hiccups

November is leaving blustery and cold. Every day I say that it is “too windy/freezing cold and I am NOT running!” Then 5 minutes later I am lacing up and heading out the door before the sun comes up. I know all you runners out there understand- my soul needs running.

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I need those quiet miles- the ones where my headlamp is the only light for miles on the Maine country roads- before a crazy day of teaching. I love that when I run I can feel the worries and anxieties shed off of me as the miles pass.

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It is when I hear God most clearly- where I find peace. I’m so thankful that running still gives me this even when I am getting “heavy” pregnant (Nick’s term HA!), moving at the pace of a snail and peeing my pants.

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I have been trying to bully Nick into training for that 5k with me. This is a very useful form of persuasion that I learned from my communications professor in college. ;) I tell him things like “your heavy pregnant wife is going to kick your butt” and “you’re going to be finishing with eighty year olds.” It hasn’t worked.

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Things my students have told me this week:
“Mrs. Lutzo, I will trade you my brother for your baby.”
“If you want your baby to be a dancer, you’re going to need some suction cups.” – I was afraid to ask any questions about this one. And this…
“You need a net for your baby. Ya’ know- so you can swing it back and forth and it will have good equilibrium when it gets older.”

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Someone (not a student!) asked me if I was having twins. Nick and my mother thought it was hilarious.

I think Colin is going to be just like my sister. He loves Chinese food, diet coke and gets the hiccups a lot (my sister gets hiccups that sound like a pterodactyl in distress).

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Oh, crazy Lainey. Love her.

Crazy Kids

It is freezing cold outside. We had our first snow a few days ago! I think Nick must be busy or something because he hasn’t put up our Christmas tree yet and it’s usually up by now.

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By now, it’s pretty obvious that I am pregnant and my students have had plenty to say about it! I thought 6th graders would have more of a filter than little kids…but they don’t. Here’s some of my favorites:

“Mrs. Lutzo, everyday I am just thinking that you are soooooo pregnant!”

“Wow, your belly is getting really big!”

“I think you are getting slower at going up the stairs.”

“Mrs. Lutzo, I know this has nothing to do with division, but Sally thinks your pregnant.” “I am!” …. Student starts weeping…. After they compose themselves she says “Well, I hope you haven’t been standing in front of any microwaves.”

“Mrs. Lutzo, I’m just wondering if you were thinking of going on a diet.”

“I can’t wait til your baby gets here. I might steal it.”

Crazy kids.

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Doesn’t that just look cold?!

Lainey has been her sweet little needy self lately. This is what she does when we are not giving her enough attention:

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Any snow where you are?!

No Shave November

Hello, November!!

November is my favorite, I think. I just love thanksgiving so much! AND- we’re all signed up for a 5k Thanksgiving morning and I am overly excited about it. Even Nick signed up (I promise I didn’t nag him about it at all…) Now I just need to find the perfect race outfit that will cover my ever growing butt belly.

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Today I drove 5 minutes away to run because I am bored of my running route! It was gorgeous.

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I ran 3 miles at the blazing pace of 11:00.

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I’ve been putting Lainey in her vest even during our day-light runs because its hunting season! (I am so proud of myself for knowing that- just don’t ask me what type of hunting season it is…)

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A lot of people have asked me if Nick is freaking out about having a baby. And the answer is “NO.” Nick is as cool as a cucumber about the whole thing. He already has set up the crib, the swing and folded and organized all the clothes we’ve been given.

Who’s freaking out/ being irrational about things? ME! That’s probably not surprising at all to those who know me well but the whole “raising a human and still trying to work and being no where near our families and remaining sane” thing is kind of overwhelming to me. I’m sure we’ll survive.

Other things: Colin either really loves or hates my piano playing but when I play he goes outa control in there. Elaine hates it and climbs under the covers- every time .

Yesterday I bought all kinds of clearance Halloween candy. Mostly peppermint patties because those are now my favorite.