Happy Birthday Conner!!! Happy mamaversary, Nicole!!!
It's POURING and super windy here. I guess there goes our neighborhood party...
Happy Birthday, Conner!!!
Kirsten, sorry you are having such a tough time.
Good luck tonight with Bettie, Ash. Also, I love your tattoo.
Yeah, next week I'll be tied for having met the most at 2. The bar is set pretty low right now.
We have lovely weather here today, which just confirms that most of you live in the wrong place.
I'm so jealous of the meet-ups! Seriously, I don't live *that* far from some of you. Nicole, I'm not sure how Friday would work out. I hate to make you drive that far when you have to work later on, and I won't have a car to meet up closer to you. Maybe a last minute decision?
I think my sisters and I are going to try to meet up with our cousin while we're in Chicago. We haven't seen her in years, so it'd be nice to reconnect. For now though, my laundry room looks like a war zone. I'm trying to get it all done so I can have outfits and everything ready for the girls while I'm gone. And trying to get my stuff together. I hate packing. And we have Greta's birthday over the weekend. Ugh...
Oh and I had a mom complain about me at work yesterday. She feels we don't do enough academics in the classroom because her kid isn't tracing her name or something. She wants to meet with me and the principal. I know parents complaining is a reality of the job, but I've never had a complaint before. And she will find out if she does her research, she's not going to find the kind of preschool she's looking for in this town. Pretty much all early childhood programs are making the switch to a more developmental approach rather than strictly academic approach. At least, that's been my experience. Whatever. Just another thing to deal with. I printed off the Missouri Early Learning Standards for her and am going through them highlighting where she can find each developmental stage being supported in my classroom. Hopefully that will satisfy her.
Mal, I cannot even imagine having the patience to deal with parents like that. My daughters class has a crazy parent this year, and I have seen the poor first year teacher try so hard to say the right thing but still be firm. Are the parents harder to deal with than the students?
I completely forgot everything from all the posts before Mal's. Its early.
Mega-bed worked for the most part. B woke up to go potty and scream like she was being murdered for 10 minutes around 1130, then slept in her crib until 430. I heard her wake up a few times and check that her sister was still there. It may not sound like much, but its really a big improvement. Hopefully its not just a fluke.
I guess I've been pretty lucky with parents so far. I've never really had too many issues with them. Lack of involvement is typical, but not too many crazy ones. The thing with this mom is she came to parent night in the beginning of the year, which was when I explained how our classroom works, what our daily schedule is like, and what my expectations are for the year. I remember her coming in a little late, so I specifically took her aside afterwards and explained what she had missed and asked her multiple times if she had any questions, told her she could reach me at any time if she had any questions. She was totally cool and like, Oh no I know you know what you're doing, I'm not worried at all. So, instead of talking to me about her concerns now, she goes straight to the principal. So, that kind of frustrated me. Seems like overkill if she's just looking for more information. And the principal was confused about why she called him too and asked if she had talked to me about any of this and I said no. He just kind of shrugged it off and said she shouldn't have called him since he's not in my classroom and can't really answer her questions. He was supportive though and said it just looks like her and I fall on different ends of the spectrum when it comes to how we view education, but he doesn't think I'm wrong in the way I do things. Anyway, now I'm just overthinking it.
Sara your one sentence responses always crack me up.
Mal, quit over-thinking it! You and the principal obviously know you are doing exactly what you should.
Where in the world is everyone?
Sara, it's still the wrong place.
I just got back from the Halloween parade at Jasper's school. So cute! We have a "Block Party" here at work in a little while, so I'll probably hang out there being anti-social. There's popcorn! Woo! Then I will likely leave ridiculously early. It's a tough day.
For Christmas Im making for family and selling dish towels that are embroidered super old lady like and flowery, but say things like, "Damn it feels good to be a gangster" on them in really fancy writing. You know, to be ironic. So I need roughly 20 phrases- does anybody have any ideas for me?
Ash, glad the mega bed worked out pretty well!!
I think Abra wins with three... she met Joanie, me, and some of the Portland people, right? Katie, J, maybe the other Katie (PaigeKitten)?
Mal, that blows. I used to get all agitated when parents have issues. Sounds like you've got some good evidence to show her and that your principal is supportive, so hopefully it won't be much of an issue in the end.
I know I'm missing a bunch of people... I'll be back.
I know it's not quite what you're going for, but around here we think "put a bird on it" and "I can pickle that" are hilarious phrases. Avery and Austin both regularly say "whoop that trick." Not sure that would work, though...
I actually think it's me that's met the most people from our original group. I've met at least 5 of the people that were around in the beginning.
Ash, Sorry, I suck at things like remembering phrases. Good luck with B and Halloween tonight. Glad things went better with sleep last night. Coralie slept like crap for some reason, boo.
Nicole, I'm glad you like the new potential sitter.
The weather is supposed to be lovely here today (79 and sunny). We're going to trick or treat for a bit and then hang out with some of our new friends.
Mal, It sounds like it's not that big of a deal. Often first time parents have unreal expectations anyway, I know my dh was terrible about stuff like that with DS.
Joanie, Start taking way more fish oil (fermented cod liver oil is the best) and magnesium, I bet it will help your pms. I know it helps me and I'm pretty sure Christina mentioned that it helped her a lot too.
Katie, Coralie doesn't cry at songs, but yesterday our new small poodle (8lbs) attacked a chicken while she was outside and she was really traumatized for a long time crying about the dog hurting the chicken. She really loves her animals.