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Week 22
~ Showers and Rashes and Graduation

Ok, you may be wondering what that title is all about. Well, it's basically just what it says. I started off this week by having a baby shower and developing a rash and my kiddos graduated from kindergarten!

First off, let's talk about the shower. At least that is pleasant. I was not expecting any kind of shower since this isn't my first baby, and I already basically have everything. I have saved it all since Dylan and Kaylee were little, so I didn't really see the need in having a shower for gifts that I didn't need. Well, apparently, the teachers at school had a different idea. They surprised me with a baby shower that all of the staff was invited too. Instead of actually gifts, they all donated money and then gave me a gift card along with a huge package of diapers. The gift card alone was for $100.00! I couldn't even believe how generous they all were. Keep in mind I work at a rather small school. We only have 17 teachers in all. AND, not only did they give me the gift card and the diapers, but they actually got everyone together for the actual party complete with goodies and cake. I was truly overwhelmed by it all.

Then as if that wasn't enough, the actual teacher that I work for also put together a classroom shower so all of the kids could be a part of it. They had pizza and cupcakes for the entire class as well as gifts. Again, they did a money donation and compiled over $76.00 in total and a couple of the students also gave me actual gifts. These are first graders, but it just blew me away how very sweet and generous they all were. I almost started crying right there in the middle of class. I just couldn't believe how gracious they were. Overall, with the money we got, we were able to buy our car seat, stroller, and playpen. The only other thing we really need now is a new swing. Other than that, we are pretty much set.

Now onto rash news. It started at the beginning of week 22. I started getting these little red bumps all over my upper thighs. I just chalked it up to the heat since we were almost hitting 100 degrees for a few days. Well, it moved its way up to my back, then around to my stomach, breasts, under my arms and onto the tops of my thighs. It looks as if I have little ant bites all over my body! And does it itch! I am miserable. I have no idea what it is either. I did get the PUPPS rash when I was pregnant with the twins, but that came on much later in the pregnancy and I don't remember it looking or feeling quite like this. I did call my doctor and they are guessing it is some kind of allergic reaction but are not sure. I can't think of a thing that has changed so I have no clue what could be causing it. All I know is that I look awful. The only thing I can do at this point is take an Aveeno bath and use Benadryl. I will be seeing my doctor next week, so hopefully he can shed some light on what is going on and advise me how to get rid of it. Not only do I feel bad, but I'm looking pretty bad as well. Thank goodness it's not on my upper chest or face.

Lastly, my kiddos graduated from kindergarten. I can't believe it. It seems like just yesterday that they turned one year old and now they are going to be entering first grade. It makes me a bit sad. They are growing too quickly. They had a big celebration at school complete with shaking the principal's hand and receiving their "diploma." Then they did a musical performance with all of the kindergarten classes. It was really hard for me not to cry, but I did pretty good holding it back. They seem so big. Where did those little babies go that I used to rock to sleep? It makes me all emotional just thinking about how time is flying by. I know I am going to be saying this with the new baby as well in just a few short years.

Next week is our last week of school, so that also means the last week of work for me for the summer. I am looking forward to having the break and getting some things done around my house. I still need to get the nursery set up and get several things tidied up before this baby arrives. I never really nested with the twins, but I'm kind of feeling like I am entering that stage with this pregnancy. Maybe it's the need to be more organized or maybe it's just realizing that the "chores" aren't going to complete themselves.

Until next time . . . hugs and belly rubs!
~ Laura

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