Imagine springtime in the elementary school setting. It is always an exciting time with summer vaca right around the corner: sunshine, birds, Hot Dog Day, pregnancy tests....
Woah, what?! Wait a minute.... Yes, you read it correctly. A pregnancy test was the highlight of a Hot Dog Day, in May, 2005. Hot Dog Day is a tradition at my school. Family members and friends come for lunch, spreading blankets on the school lawn and eating a brown bag full of hot dog/bag o' chips/apple goodness. Add the snow cone truck for dessert and you have yourself a fun lunch! In May! School is almost out! It's a jackpot-sort-of day.
I was out sick a few days that week with the stomach flu. I had classic symptoms...nausea, fatigue and out-of-whack blood sugar levels (illness and stress reek havoc on my blood sugar levels). Being pregnant was not even in our wheelhouse; we had taken so many steps to have our first, Patrick, that pregnancy was not even a consideration.
Until I called my doctor. They requested that I take a pregnancy test before they prescribed medication or treatment. I was dumbfounded. What?! Seriously? Did the medical world not realize how many pregnancy tests I had purchased over the years? Geesh. I should've bought in bulk at Sam's or Costco. Anyhoo, being a rule follower, I found myself a pregnancy test at school (I found a teacher who had one. Don't ask questions.) and went into the staff bathroom. NOTE: If I had any idea I was pregnant, I would've done this in a more intimate, home-like setting. But I'm tellin' ya...despite the bulk quantity amounts I had purchased over the years, I had never had a positive result. Ever.
Until Hot Dog Day. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the positive result. Shocked, I found my friends (Leslie, Hollie, along with other members of my school family, remember blog post #1?) and shared the news. I went to my bestie's house, who happened to be on maternity leave. Then, I made the exciting trip to share the news with my hubby. He was as shocked as I was! AND GRATEFUL!
All of a sudden, I was nervous, too. How far along in this pregnancy was I? With my first pregnancy, Patrick, I was considered high risk because of my diabetes so I automatically began mentally averaging my blood sugar levels....
Luckily, I saw the doctor the following week and all was well. This pregnancy was extremely different because this time I had a little boy to tend to...no more going home and putting the feet up; the same swollen feet were busy chasing and playing with a 15 month old.
As if this wasn't enough, my school life was changing, as well. I was teaching third grade when I discovered I would be having another lil punkin. Then, opportunity came knockin, again, providing an opportunity I had always dreamed of. The Physical Education teacher at my school announced her retirement. In order to move into this role, the district required me to get my P.E. certification then take the Praxis assessment. Big belly or not, I was bound and determined to do this!!! Sign me up!
So, I was in a school that I loved with a supportive school family. Add my dream job of educating students of the importance of life long physical activity and I would have my niche. My diabetes diagnosis sparked this desire. I dreamed of teaching children and adults ways to prevent this disease (and others, of course) by teaching healthy habits and wellness.
Katelyn Faith Heitert was born on December 26, 2 days before my scheduled c-section. This summarizes how Katelyn Faith operates-she defies the odds and chooses to do things HER way. Go get 'em, Lucky/Smiling Assassin/the multitude of nicknames this strong-willed, yet sweet girl of mine has acquired over 9 years. I wouldn't have her any other way.