Sunday, January 6, 2013

Here We Go & 100th Day of School

You know, just when you think you've got it figured out and everything's clicking, life has a way of throwing you a curve ball.  Since Will was born, I have been diligent in creating good sleep habits and getting him on a flexible schedule.  It's been a lot of work, but it was so worth it.  He was falling asleep in his crib and almost sleeping the whole 12 hours.  Everything was going great.  I had a little time at night to get things done, and I was finally getting enough sleep so that I wasn't too worried about going back to work.  Enter the flu.  Oh my.  My three year old came down with it the week before Christmas, and now our almost 3-month old is sick with the flu.  It has been so frustrating and sad since there is really nothing we can do for him since he's so young.    It just breaks my heart to see sick babies, even if they're not mine.  Praise the Lord, he's on the mend now, but I think we're starting back at square one as far as sleeping goes.  We spoiled him rotten while he was sick, and now the only place he wants to sleep is in our arms.  This has made one sleepy mama!  It was worth it though, and I'd do it all over again if it would help.

{I swear by the book 12 Hours Sleep in 12 Weeks.  I used its strategies with both babies, and it worked perfectly.  I love how clear the steps were, and that I didn't have to let them cry it out.  It is a quick and easy read, and it just makes sense.  I also like that it's a little more flexible than some of the other methods I've read about}


Just when I thought I was ready to go back, I'm worried about my own sick kiddos and how I'll function on little to no sleep.  I guess that's what coffee is for:)


The good news is that while I've been at home, I was able to work on a couple new products.  (There was no way I was taking the kids out in public, and I don't really watch a lot of tv.)  One product that I'm really excited about is the 100th Day for Big Kids.  Having only taught upper elementary, I've never done anything for the 100th day of school.  It all just seemed a little too young to me.  Every year the 100th day would roll around, and my students would always be so disappointed that we weren't doing anything to celebrate.  It made me feel like a big ole meanie!  I don't want to be the teacher who takes the fun out of school, so I had to get a little creative and develop something for the 100th day that would be fun, yet grade level appropriate.  I've made a 12 page mini book, and each of the 12 activities is based around 100.  For instance, one of the activities is to find all of the factors for 100.  I think this will be a great way to have fun and incorporate concepts learned during the year.


I hope everyone had/has a great return to school for the last half of the school year!  Now I've got to go find out when our hundredth day is.  I'd hate to miss it!

4 comments:

Elizabeth said...

I'm so sorry your kiddos have been sick with the flu. That's no fun at all. Don't worry, the baby will be back on a routine before you know it.Thanks for making this pack! I with you on the fact that it's always been hard to celebrate 100th day with bigger kids. This is perfect!
As always!

Elizabeth

Fun in Room 4B

Rachel said...

I have an almost 12 week old Will also! He has a twin brother Ben, the twin thing is complicating the sleep issue. They're only sleeping 5-6 hours now so I'll HAVE to check that book out, thank you, thank you, thank you!

Tab Purvis said...

I used that book, too! My little girl was/is a great sleeper because of it!
I made it my mission to find your blog today after a coworker of mine was telling me about her experience with TpT ( we're both GA 3rd grade teachers as well). She said, "I've been buying for years now. From Ashleigh? Do you know an Ashleigh? And I knew it was you. That means you are celebrity status now! First name celebrity!
Just wanted you to be a fly on the wall of our conversation...
Congrats on your success!
Tab
Stop and Smell the Children

Ashleigh S said...

Rachel, she has a lot of extra info for parents of twins, so definitely check it out. I don't know how you do it! I can only imagine.

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