Chicago, Illinois, USA
December 29
Chicago Public Schools
I'm a high school English teacher who teaches on the South Side of Chicago. I'm from Arkansas. I'm a white lady whose last name is Japanese (thanks to my Japanese Yankee husband). My brother in law says I'm a sitcom waiting to happen. I'm married and have a little girl who is three and a half, and a baby boy who is nineteen months old. I have lost 76 pounds in the last year and a half, and barefoot running is my new obsession. So much to share!


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DECEMBER 19, 2008 2:12PM

Winter Break/ Maternity Leave Starts Today!

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I was going to try to work up through today, since today is the last day of school before Winter Break starts. But we had another big winter storm last night, and decided I did not want to deal with driving in to work in snow and ice. It took me two and a half hours to get home from work Tuesday night -- I was convinced my water was going to break before I got home. I was willing this baby to hang in there a bit longer. I was also pretty convinced I was going to pee my pants!

I managed to get home without going into labor or losing bladder control. But that was enough for me. Plus, there's not much going on at school this week -- yesterday was the school talent show, so I had zero students for either 8th or 9th period.

I did have one disgruntled freshman girl who had gotten her progress report and discovered that I had "given her a D." I hate when the kids do that -- act like their grade is something I just provide out of thin air. I said, "I did not give you a D, you earned one." Then she got really snippy with me, reminded me how bogus I was, and said her mom wanted to speak to me. She wanted me to give her my phone number so her mother could call me. I told her that I was not giving her my number. She said, "Then how can my mama get in touch with you?" I said she can call the school. So the girl told me that her mama would call the school, and I would change her grade. Then she flounced back to her seat and bitched about me the rest of the class.

I kept thinking, "Sweetie, in twenty more minutes, I will not be your teacher, and your sub will be in charge of dealing with you and your grade.  Hallelujah!" When I went to sign out, I had no messages in my mailbox.

I told our payroll clerk that I was taking today as a sick day, and that I'd call her when I had the baby. Then I turned in my classroom key and my CPS-issued laptop to a friend of mine in the English department. I said a few goodbyes to people, and that was that.

So now I'm just waiting to have this baby boy -- I think it won't be too much longer. I'll post lots of pics. I'm sure this blog will be less interesting without school stories, but I have plenty of stories that I haven't shared yet,  so I'll still have some material. 

I realize that baby stories are not everyone's cup of tea, so I will try to keep them to a minimum! 

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!

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Happy Maternity leave! Remember to watch movies and eat at restaurants as much as you can. And SLEEEEEEEEEP. I know that's not easy to do when you're this pregnant.
Good luck, Amy! Super smart decision not to drive pregnant for two hours in the snow and ice!!! I look forward to baby pictures and all the scoop, then back to some more school stories. I love them as I always can say (or almost always) "Yep, been there, done that".
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Congratulations on the leave and the soon-to-be-born baby. And I love baby stories.
Be safe and stay warm. Does your kid know he/she is getting a comedienne for a mother? Happy Holidays to you too!
All the best Amy! Happy Holidays!!!
Congratulations! Happy Holidays, happy nesting, and happy baby!
Happy maternity leave and happy almost-birth!

That student sounds SO familiar -- "You do what I say or I'm gonna sic my Momma on you!" Ha!

Here's wishing you the best.
Yes... sleep as much as you can, while you can, if you can. Or, at least just be horizontal and relax as deeply as you can. That's not quite the same, but almost as good.

I love good baby stories, too. Please don't hold back.
Be safe. Hoping you begat another teacher.
What he said...and happiness all around too!
How DARE you "give" out grades ... especially a "D" ... what kind of Christmas present is that??? LOLOLOLOL!!!
OMG ... I am so happy for you ... finally on leave, Christmas right around the corner, a precious baby boy on the way. Enjoy every second of this holiday and take time to really take care of yourself in the few days you have before his arrival ... you deserve it!!!
Yay! You made it! I can't wait to hear that you've had that baby boy. Feel free to send all baby stories my way. Can't get enough of those. :) Wishing you the happiest of holidays and a quick, easy, and painfree (orgasmic? Is there such a thing?) delivery.
21 years ago tomorrow, I gave birth to my first son. My best Christmas present ever! Keep the baby stories coming!
I like baby stories ;0). Get some rest while you can.
Wishing you the very best of luck for the delivery.
Thanks for everyone's comments! I just posted a couple of pics of baby boy Hideo -- he showed up Dec 20th! Things have been pretty exciting since then!