My favorite part about subbing was being back in my old school and seeing my coworkers and old students. The reactions of some of my former students when they saw me was just priceless. One little girl shouted, "Mrs. Ciak! I've been looking for you!" She then gave me a big hug. Another former student found me walking to her bus and grabbed my hand and pulled me all the way to her bus staring at me smiling. Those are the moments that make teaching such an incredible job. Seeing how thrilled they were to see me and realizing that I had such an impact on them a few years later is really special. I look forward to going back in the upcoming months and seeing those precious faces again.
It was funny seeing my old coworkers reaction too. A few people just said hello as if I never even left. Others took a second glance and realized I was back as a sub which seemed different to everyone. It was wonderful to catch up with such a great group of teachers. I had fun getting to tell my principal and old coworkers that I was pregnant. I always felt so loved and supported there, and I felt so welcomed back which was such a nice feeling.
When I got home from teaching, I was definitely tired. I laid down on our bed and didn't even pull the covers back first. To my surprise, Jeremy surprised me with a new MacBook Air, and I sat on the box! He thought I would have pulled the sheets back and seen the surprise. It was so sweet of him. For the past few years I always used my work computer so once I gave that back I had to go back to the personal computer I had from 2009. Let's just say it wasn't functioning very well. The power cord had to be plugged in all the time, and I can't tell you how many times I accidently touched the cord and bam the computer screen was black without power. Even the dog jumping on the bed would wiggle it loose, and there went whatever I was working on. I'd been relying on my phone and my iPad the past few months because using that computer wasn't very enjoyable. And it's kind of pointless to have a laptop that can't move around since the battery stopped working. I had debated buying a new battery but the age of the computer didn't warrant putting more money into it. I hadn't wanted to spend the money on a new computer so I was waiting for a holiday and was going to ask for contributions to one. I greatly appreciate my husband for being so sweet and getting me this gift. It will be well used! I'm amazed by how thin and light it is!
I spent the rest of the evening playing with my new computer. It was such a great day, and I was reminded just how lucky I am. I'm really enjoying these happy moments because I recognize that life isn't always easy. I have a few friends battling cancer and others dealing with infertility, and it just reminds me not to take a day for granted.
Last night, we decided to share our pregnancy news with the facebook world. I had already shared on the blog, I felt like I had told everyone I wanted to tell personally. I decided to just go for it even though the first trimester wasn't quite over yet. Close enough right? Of course it's still a little scary sharing that with everyone and still having a bit of fear that something could go wrong. But at this point at almost 11 weeks along, I want to recognize this pregnancy no matter what. Just last week my pregnancy hit many more milestones. The heart and vital organs are functioning, and the baby has arms, legs, hands, feet, fingers, and toes. Everything is formed, and now it just needs to grow! I continue to be thankful for each day that passes and each day that our baby continues to mature. I can't wait to go to the doctor again in two weeks, and I hope things will continue smoothly. Thanks to all my facebook family and friends for the outpouring of love with all the sweet likes and comments. We are so happy to share our good news with everyone!