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Hi! I'm a FTM due March 28th. I have taught for 10 years, but took off this year, got pg and don't plan to go back while my baby is young. Currently I am the secretary for my church which is a dream job most of the time. I work 12 hours a day and will be able to take the baby to work with me when she is born. Yes, she! Elizabeth Grace. DH is a computer software analyst for a pool supply company. I live near New Orleans, in a suburb of the city.

I learned about your board from one of the ladies who posts on another DIM board on another site. She spoke highly of you and invited me to join. Hope that is ok.

Hope to get to know you all soon!
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Old 12-27-2005, 10:48 PM
 
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Congrats and welcome!

I am a teacher at an elementary school in the after school program..i am also blessed being able to bring my baby to work with me!
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Hi! Welcome!

You are SO lucky to be able to take her to work with you! What a total blessing. I would give anything for a situation like that.

What did you teach?
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I started out teaching the deaf. But because most Mississippi (where I lived prior to getting married) parents sent their kids to the school for the deaf, it was hard to find a job anywhere away from Jackson. So, I ended up teaching Special Ed for a couple of years, an at-risk program sponsored by WIA for a year, 9th grade English, Oral Communications, and Yearbook/Journalism. Prior to No Child Left Behind, MS was pretty free with their teaching certificates.
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Hi and welcome!!!

Congrats on your little girl ~ Elizabeth Grace is a beautiful name (I have a niece with the same name). Will you call her Elizabeth or use a nickname? Have you had a smooth pregnancy thus far? I sure hope so!

Anyhow, I am looking forward to getting to know you better. Glad you found your way here!
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I plan on calling her either Ellie or Lilibeth. I wanted to name her Lillian Elizabeth, but DH like Grace better....so Lilibeth will be a good compromise.

My pregnancy has been good mostly. I have PCOS and had to take meds to conceive and now have GD and have to watch my diet and check my sugar 4 times a day, but I have been able to control it. She is growing perfectly according to my U/Ss. I get one every 4 weeks.

Thanks for welcoming me here!
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I started out teaching the deaf. But because most Mississippi (where I lived prior to getting married) parents sent their kids to the school for the deaf, it was hard to find a job anywhere away from Jackson. So, I ended up teaching Special Ed for a couple of years, an at-risk program sponsored by WIA for a year, 9th grade English, Oral Communications, and Yearbook/Journalism. Prior to No Child Left Behind, MS was pretty free with their teaching certificates.
Neat. I'm an audiologist. There is another in this DDC who is an interpreter. I started out in a program for Deaf education, but quickly learned teaching was not for me. I ended up learning a LOT of ASL, and now I hardly get to use it. We also have a residential school for the Deaf in Scranton, here in Pennsylvania, but since Children's Hospital of Phila. does cochlear implants, almost 100% of the kids who are born here now end up with one, and the residential school is getting smaller and smaller.
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.... I ended up learning a LOT of ASL, and now I hardly get to use it. ....
That is my biggest complaint about not teaching the deaf and since I am living in a different city than I was before I got married last June, I don't know many deaf down here.

Are you planning on teaching your baby to sign? I am. I have a small side business where I teach hearing parents to sign to their hearing, prelingual babies. Anyway...I figure this will help me keep up my skills a little bit.
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I was just thinking of starting a side business teaching communication and baby sign. I think it would be fun. I originally thought of getting a certification through one of the baby sign promoters with all the products but I am not a fan of products. As a speech path., I think I could do a good class without being affiliated with a large company.
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Glad you made it over Guess I'll be seeing you around here too!

(ETA I totally forgot I had a different screen name here )

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Welcome, ellie_may!

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Glad you made it over Guess I'll be seeing you around here too!

(ETA I totally forgot I had a different screen name here )
I was wondering if I would figure out who you were! LOL Thanks for inviting me. These women seem really nice! And I haven't seen so much drama on this board! LOL
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I was just thinking of starting a side business teaching communication and baby sign. I think it would be fun. I originally thought of getting a certification through one of the baby sign promoters with all the products but I am not a fan of products. As a speech path., I think I could do a good class without being affiliated with a large company.
I'm affiliated with www.sign2me.com, but ITA that you can do it without having a large company behind you. Good luck! Hopefully my business will take off our baby starts signing and people start seeing that is is possible!
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I'm affiliated with www.sign2me.com, but ITA that you can do it without having a large company behind you. Good luck! Hopefully my business will take off our baby starts signing and people start seeing that is is possible!
A signing baby is a wonderful thing! I just know that you will be pleased with how well comunication works even before the baby can talk. My DD started signing around 9 months until she was 2. (Got divorced, XH didn't keep up with the signing.... she's forgotten all of it ) But it was WONDERFUL being able to communicate with her that early when most parents were still guessing what their baby wanted, and my DD was clearly telling me she wanted to "eat" "more" (her two favorite signs)

We actually started because my neice is special needs, and we were unsure if she would be able to talk "normally" so when they decided to start signing with her, I started with DD too so they could talk to eachother. (Thankfully my neice communicates quite well by talking! Unfortunatly she lost her signs somewhere along the way too)

I hope to teach the baby at least some basic signs. We'll learn most together since I've lost most of my knowladge. I'm really looking forward to starting from birth this time!

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Welcome and congrats! A teacher of the Deaf, an audiologist, an SLP.....I'm an SLP, too. Interesting!

I also teach baby/toddler sign language classes, and am not affiliated with either Sign2Me or Baby Signs. You can do a fine job on your own. There are other places you can get pre-packaged lesson plans from, too, that are much more reasonable than the big 2. LMK if you want info on that, Zoe.
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Welcome!

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Wow!!! I am amazed by the number of Speech and Hearing ladies here and educators!

I would love that info, ILOVELIFE. Thanks!
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Hi, Ellie. I love love your daughter's name - are you Catholic?

ETA: I used to teach high school science.

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Hi Meg's Mom,

No, I'm not Catholic. I was raised Baptist. Dad was a preacher. But I joined an Assembly of God Church that my husband attended before we got married.

Using a Biblical name was DH's only requirement for naming the baby. His sons are Caleb and Seth, both Biblical names, so he wanted to keep up the tradition.
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LoveLife feel free to PM that curriculum info.
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Hey there! I'm on vacation and not getting much internet time, but I wanted to say welcome to MDC!

There isn't much drama on the due date boards here, of course they're also not always as active as DDCs on other board...which is why I post at both! I'm a junkie, lol, what can I say.
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Hey Rachel! Glad to know there are others here that I "know". LOL
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Hi, and welcome!

I'm also a former teacher (high school math). I'm one of those statistics who didn't make it past 5 years before quitting. I spent a year doing something else before ds was born. Now, I stay home. But, maybe I'll go back one day. I loved teaching, but hated the politics.

Anyway, I used baby signs with ds. I just bought a book about it and then bought a used ASL dictionary for reference. It was such a wonderful communication tool. I basically just used it for communication purposes before ds was talking a lot. He gradually and naturally switched from using mostly signs to using mostly words, and now only uses a few signs in conjunction with words. But, I figure he'll learn them all again when we start signing for his new little brother or sister!

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ITU about the politics of teaching! That is one reason I'm not teaching this year. Nice meeting you!
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I'm also a teacher statistic - I quit after four years to do quality assurance and tech writing for a small computer company - it was supposed to be a summer job but they asked me to stay and I accepted - so much less stress!

That said, I miss teaching as well and probably will go back eventually.

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Count me in as another teacher, here. I'm an elementary media specialist, which means I have both a teaching degree and a masters degree in library science. I love my job, but I have serious issues with schooling in general, so I don't want to make it a lifelong career. My expectation is that I will stay with it for another six years until I am vested, and then quit.
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