Holy cow I can’t believe that Luke is already 2 months old. He is growing like a weed and is definitely forming his little personality. He is constantly smiling and cooing… I swear he is trying to giggle.
He is beginning to enjoy tummy time a little bit more since he is actually able to hold his head up, however, he does get frustrated that he can’t move.
Luke still enjoys bath time so much and that makes me so happy because it is a good way to start implementing a good bed time routine. We try to start our bed time routine between 630-7 and have him in bed no later than 7:30. He is still waking up 1-2 times a night for a feeding, but he goes right back to sleep. I really think it’s only a matter of time until he sleeps through the night.
We go to the doctors tomorrow for his 2 month check up so I will update with his length and weight once we get it. When he was in the hospital 2 weeks ago for a virus he was already 11 pounds 5 ounces and I’m sure that’s already increased.
Laying on his changing table ( I know a little weird)
Reading his tummy time books with mommy and daddy
Being worn by mommy in either the Lille baby or our Boppy carrier
Better late than never right? Although Luke will be 2 months old next week, I thought that I would go ahead and update you through his first month. As some of you may know, for the first 4 days of his life Luke was in the NICU with low sugar levels, but God being as good as he is, we were able to come home on Christmas Eve and celebrate our first Christmas at home with our baby boy.
Luke through his first month as a newborn was an incredible sleeper. He took great naps and would only wake up for feedings at night and go right back to sleep. His neck strength was incredible by a week old and is still getting stronger. Luke was also cracking smiles and cooing by 1 month old. By 2 weeks old Luke was already eating a 3oz bottle every 2-3 hours. (He got his love for food from his mama)
At Luke’s 2 week appointment (His last doctors appointment until 2 months) he weighed a whopping 9 lbs 5 oz. His birth weight was 8lbs 1 oz , so he is definitely a healthy and chunky baby boy. During Luke’s first month we also learned that he has silent reflux. This was so stressful and so saddening until his medicine started working. Unfortunately, even with his medicine we are still struggling with the reflux. We are hoping that from what we have heard, he will grow out of it around 3 months.
Overall, Luke has had a great first month and has brought us so much joy. We love watching him learn and grow each day.
A Teacher’s Passion
Teaching is my greatest passion in life. Ever since I was a little girl, I have known that being in the classroom is all that I want. Every day when I wake up in the morning, I don’t regret, even for a second, choosing this wonderful profession. Being there for my students and helping them fill their brains with knowledge is enough fulfillment to last me a lifetime. There’s a certain feel about a classroom that makes my heart skip a beat when I walk in. The smell of dry erase markers, the desk plates that show ownership for each kid, the set up, the furniture, and the accessories that go along.
Organization is the key
To have success in the classroom, organization is a must. Training your students to keep everything neat and tidy is crucial to your sanity. The best way to do that is to provide all the tools for them to keep your room organized. Having office bins can be helpful as well as supply bins for each table. I am also a huge fan of color coding my tables with the the supply bins so that you can call your students up by table colors and organize all of their folders, binders, and book covers according to the color of their table.
Having motivational and educational posters around also helps the room to feel more warm and less bare. Having a cute border around your bulletin board that matches the theme of your room always makes the room come together. I have noticed that when your classroom is done up nice, the students respond better and feel more at home.
The Reading Corner
Having a nice reading corner is always so important to me as a teacher. The kids need to love reading and when they have a reading corner with comfy seating, good books, and pleasant lighting! Reading should be relaxing and it is our job as teachers to make sure that our students have a comfy reading corner to enjoy.
The Mini Lesson Zone
This area is so important to students learning and collaborating. The mini lesson zone is where the whole group learning happens. You want to be sure to have a comfy classroom rug where each student can have their own space. You also want to be sure to have a nice comfy chair for read alouds.
I hope that these four tips help guide you to inspiration for your classroom! The environment that we teach in is so important not only for the students, but for us as teachers. If our classroom is bland and boring, then we will probably be bland and boring!