Wednesday, December 17, 2014

First Christmas Picture..Nailed It!


"God, I know I ask so many questions. It's because being a mom is the toughest privilege I've ever loved.  I don't want to mess this up! So I simply offer my willingness to be a great mom today. That's all I have to give. I trust You to fill in the gaps and give me the wisdom, patience, and discernment that will be required of me. I love this child I call my own, but in reality this child is Yours first and You know them best. Thank You for the honor to join You on this journey of walking this precious person toward physical, emotional, and spiritual maturity." 
-Lysa TerKeurst

yes. yes. YES!

The last two weeks have been the hardest and BEST weeks of my life. Learning how to navigate my new role as a mom has been so incredibly humbling. I have never needed Jesus more. The nights where he just won't sleep and screams his head off for 3 straight hours, the days where I can't seem to produce enough milk to keep him satisfied, these moment require me to rely on Him more than I ever have in my life. And I am SO thankful for this opportunity. Besides being Adam's wife, being Bennett's mom is the greatest thing to ever happen to me.

And side note.. my husband ROCKS at being a dad. We are so thankful for him.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Happy One Week, Bennett! {video}

I can't believe our little guy has already been here for a full week! It seems like we were just getting ready to go to the hospital to have him, yet it feels like he's been here all along. It's funny how that works. I'm not sure how we ever lived without him! Sure the nights are long and breast feeding is more challenging than I ever thought possible, but the joy this guy brings to us is unreal. He is just so perfect.

To celebrate BT's one week birthday I wanted to share his first few days in the hospital and going home : ) My bff Nicole came to Georgia all the way from Mississippi to film this for us and I could not be more thankful. These memories she has created for us will last a lifetime. I am SO thankful for talented and giving friends!!

Enjoy!


Bennett | baby
from 314 Productions on Vimeo.

Monday, December 8, 2014

I never knew...

The saying "I never knew how much I loved your dad until I saw how much he loves you" has never been more true! It has been so much fun watching Adam become a dad. Before Bennett arrived Adam was really nervous and unsure. Watching him take on his new role as Bennett's dad has been the most amazing part of this process. I could watch them together all day!! Makes my heart so happy to know BT has the best daddy around!

photo by nicole

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Bennett's Birth Story

Photo by Nicole

This has the potential to be extremely long and extremely detailed. Please know I am mainly doing this for myself and do not expect you to read every single word : )

On Wednesday, December 3rd I had my 39 week appointment with my midwife. I knew going into the appointment that I wanted to ask about an elective induction. I was due the next day and was feeling pretty miserable. When I went in for my appointment my midwife checked me and I had not made any progress in about 2 weeks (3cm, 70-75% effaced, -2). I asked about the possibility of inducing in the next few days and to my surprise my midwife was completely on board. She said I was a perfect candidate for induction and she saw no reason why we couldn't do it. She gave me the option of Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

After my appointment I called Adam and we discussed our options. We felt like Thursday would be the best day. It was his due date, there weren't a lot of inductions scheduled, and we would be able to have most of the weekend at home instead of in the hospital.

I spent the rest of the day running around with my mom making sure everything was ready and we got a mani/pedi : ) Towards the end of the day I got a call from my doctor's office letting me know that I had been bumped from the induction schedule because of an emergency induction. She told me I could move my induction to Friday or switch to the other hospital in town. I was pretty bummed but we ultimately decided to just switch to the other hospital (both are really really good so it was not a matter of which was better we had just chosen the other one because we knew several people that worked there).

Wednesday night we went to dinner and spent the rest of the night making sure all our bags were packed and everything was ready! It still had not hit me what we were actually getting ready for.

Thursday morning we were up early and out the door. We met my parents for breakfast at Chickfila before heading to the hospital. We got registered and admitted into our room pretty quickly. As soon as we got to our room I changed into the hospital gown and the process quickly began. They hooked me up to the monitors, checked all my vitals, and started pitocin (around 8:30am).

Gradually over the next few hours the pitocin was increased. The contractions were about three minutes apart and lasting about a minute each. With each passing hour the contractions got worse and worse but they were not unbearable. I spent most of the day switching between walking the halls and laying in the bed. Around 2:45 I decided to get my epidural so they could break my water in hopes that things would speed up. My midwife came in and checked me and I was 4cm. The pitocin was increased, my water was broken, and we continued to wait. Obviously after this point I was bound to the bed since I was numb and I got really bored and antsy!

Around 7:30 my midwife checked me again and I was only at 5cm. Again my pitocin was increased and my midwife said she would be back in three hours to check me again. At this point I got a little discouraged and really felt like we were either going to be in labor a lot longer or this whole thing would end in a c-section which I really didn't want.

Around 9:30 the nurse came in and asked how I was doing. I told her I was feeling some pressure and was starting to feel nauseous. Literally two minutes later I started throwing up. So lovely. I continued feeling pressure so the nurse called my midwife to come over and check me. As soon as she checked me she said I was completly dilated and the pressure I was feeling was Bennett's head! She asked if I was ready to push. I was so caught off guard because I had made such little progress all day and then all of a sudden it was time! My grandparents, in-laws, and dad came in to say bye and then we got ready to push. Adam and my mom stayed in the delivery room.

At 9:51 I started pushing. 15 minutes later, at 10:06 pm Bennett Tucker was born! He weighed 8lbs 7oz and was 20in long. I could not believe how quickly I pushed him out! After spending over 14 hours in labor I assumed I would be pushing for a while.

I honestly could not have asked for a better labor or delivery. Even though it was an extremely long day it ended with the most amazing delivery and I am SO thankful for that. I did have a few complications during delivery (1st degree tear, laceration, and extreme bleeding) but overall everything went extremely smooth!

Bennett has been a dream and is making my life as a mama better than I could have ever imagined. I can't wait to share more updates soon!

This blog post brought to you by our 1am feeding ; )

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December Goals

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Happy December...aka official BABY MONTH! Are y'all tired of me talking about it yet?! Ha! I still cannot believe that Bennett has not come--my midwives were convinced he would be early! Either way I am done with work until he makes his debut and that is a sweet sweet feeling : ) We go back to the doctor in the morning and I am praying I have made a little progress since my last visit.

Here are a few goals I'd like to accomplish this month...

1. Meet my son : )
2. Start Christmas traditions with Bennett (Pink Pig, the "real" Santa, Lake Lanier lights)
3. Finish our 3-in-1 walk-in closet/office/guest room project (so excited to share more about this soon!!)
4. Work on Lara Casey's goal setting series for 2015 and create a clear vision of what I want this new year to be all about!
5. Post my 2014 year in review post! You can see previous year's posts here, here, here, and here.

I don't anticipate I will be doing much more than snuggling with my newborn all month so I think these are so fun, and reasonable, goals to accomplish! I can't believe we are already in the last month of 2014!

Monday, November 24, 2014

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT | NOVEMBER EMPTIES


It always seems that I run out of everything all at the same time and end up with a ton of empties! I thought this would be a perfect time to share some of my favorite, everyday, beauty and hair products!

1. Tresemme Extra Firm Control Hairspray--literally couldn't live without this stuff. I have tried TONS of different hairsprays from drugstore to high end and nothing compares to my tried and true Tresemme!

2. Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer--I have been using this product on my hair for years and LOVE it. When I went this week to repurchase it they were out so I picked up the strengthening formula and I have to say I think it's a new favorite : )

3. Benefit They're Real Mascara--This is my holy grail mascara. It's a little on the pricy side but it works so well that I don't mind spending the money!

4. Batiste Dry Shampoo--I typically use the formula for dark hair but that is a little harder to find so sometimes when I'm desperate I will use this instead. It works just as well and all I have to do is run a hair dryer over it for a few seconds to make the white disappear. If you're in the market for a new dry shampoo definitely check this one out--only about $8/can!

5. Neutrogena Naturals Daily Moisturizer--I have total combination skin. I have very dry skin but my t-zone gets extremely oily. Because of this I have to be extra careful with face products. This moisturizer is the best I have found for my type of skin! It is so refreshing and keeps my face moisturized all day without leaving it feeling greasy.  

Friday, November 21, 2014

Five on Friday

Tied with a bow.

Happy Friday, friends! I'm still hanging out waiting for this baby to make his grand debut : ) Today is my last day of work before Thanksgiving break and maternity leave. I will miss my kiddos a lot but having time off during the holidays and into the new year is just what this new mama is going to need. 

I haven't participated in Five on Friday in a while so I thought it would be fun to link up!

1. I pulled out all the Christmas decorations this week. With Bennett coming any day now I really wanted to get it all done. I was instantly overwhelmed and put 90% of it back up and decided we are going to have a very simple Christmas this year. Life will be crazy enough with a newborn, amiright?

2. and that made me just realize Bennett doesn't have a stocking..guess I should get on that!

3. I have started reflecting on my goals for 2014 and anticipating my goal planning for 2015 and I am so excited. Last year I went through Lara Casey's Goal Setting Series and it was the perfect way to start the new year. 

4. My girl Nicole has FINALLY opened her blog back up and I am beyond excited! She is starting out with an amazing giveaway that truly gives back and supports an amazing cause. Check out her post here to see what it's all about! 



5. I still can't believe I am about to have a baby............... : )

Hopefully the next time you hear from me I will be a MOM!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE | FOR HER

The holiday season is quickly approaching and with me having a baby any day now I have tried to get as much shopping done as early as possible! Online shopping has been my best friend lately and I have picked up some great gifts so far. I thought I'd put together a few gift guides to help with your holiday purchases. First up is a guide for the girls in your life. Whether you're looking to spend $10 or over $100 there is something here for everyone!

Diptyque candle || who wouldn't want to receive a luxurious candle?! 
Chanel Chance || one of my all time faves that most of the girls in your life will love
Anthropologie initial mug || a classic for any coffee loving girl
Ugg slippers || these would be perfect to wear around the house this winter
Rifle Paper Co. iPhone case || for the tech loving girl in your life
Hope in a Jar night || this moisturizer repairs skin over night for a beautiful, well rested appearance
Naked 2 Basics || a perfect addition to any makeup rotation

Monday, November 17, 2014

WHAT'S IN MY HOSPITAL BAG

Since labor is probably in my extreme near future I figured this weekend was a good time to (finally) get my hospital bag packed. I guess the mix of exhaustion I was experiencing this past week and the fact that we live a mile from the hospital made me feel not very urgent when it came to packing a bag! But I figured while I had the time this weekend I might as well : )

Since I am a first time mom I obviously had no idea what I needed to pack, so naturally I hit up Pinterest for the answer. I found a ton of great blog posts that were really helpful here, here, and here. I also posted our diaper bag on Instagram a while back asking for what to put in the baby's bag and got a ton of suggestions for what to pack for me too and that was extremely helpful!

Like I said, we live extremely close to the hospital so if there is anything else we need I know my parents can get it to us quickly : ) Here is what I came up with (for now..)

yoga pants | vera bradley duffel | button up pj's | fluffy socks | slippers | cotton underwear | robe | chapstick | phone charger | going home outfit 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Still I will Trust in You...


As I near the end of this pregnancy journey I can't help but being immensely joyful in this season. I can't even begin to explain the emotions I have felt over the last nine months. To say pregnancy is the hardest thing I have ever had to do is a complete understatement. To give myself fully to another has been the most challenging, yet rewarding, experience of my life. Being pregnant has taught me so much about myself and so much about God. Throughout every difficult moment I chose to trust in Jesus. My prayer became still I will trust in You...

I spent the first twenty-five weeks of pregnancy sick. I had no energy, I couldn't eat, I couldn't sleep. I had to rely on God so much in those weeks just to get me through the day. I found myself so defeated in those moments, yet His reassuring word kept pressing on my heart and I found myself constantly praying, still I will trust in You...

We made the decision after Christmas to go off birth control and we were pregnant the first week of March. Pregnancy came easy to us. We never thought it would be like that. I have feared my whole life that getting pregnant would be difficult for me. God chose to use this as a complete blessing and surprise in our lives. He has used this difficult pregnancy to teach me complete and utter dependence on Him and to trust Him in all my days.

As the days of becoming a new mommy set in and I am plagued with exhaustion, my prayer will continue to be still I will trust in You. I have seen the full goodness of the Lord over this pregnancy and I will continue to trust His plan for my life in every season, difficult or not.

p.s. a little baby update--as of Wednesday I am 2cm dilated and 75% effaced. My midwife says she doesn't anticipate me making it to my due date..so we wait : ) 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

FROM THE CLASSROOM || MATH & READER'S WORKSHOP

One of the biggest pieces of advice I would give to new teachers is USE THE WORKSHOP MODEL!! It literally saves me so much time each week it's not even funny. Not only do my kiddos get small group and one-on-one attention from me throughout the week, but they also get the opportunity to work independently, with partners, and with small groups of students. It provides the kids with some independence and allows me to get in some small group time with everyone so I can differentiate where needed. Also, not to mention I don't have to write plans for every day. I just come up with my four centers for the week, organize the work, and the kids pick it up each day when it's time for centers. Works beautifully.

I thought I'd share some pictures and explain how I use the workshop model for Math and Reading in my classroom.

At the back of my classroom I have a giant bulletin board that stretches across the whole back wall. This is where I keep our rotation boards and materials for each station. This is probably my favorite spot in my room!


The boards are pretty self explanatory, but basically the students know their groups and look at the board to see what their group is supposed to be doing during each rotation.

Close up of each side // math workshopreader's workshop

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Here is an overview of our Math Workshop board. Above the bulletin board I have four posters that show the four multiplication properties. Next to the rotation board I keep a weekly list of what we are working on during the nine weeks. This helps me stay on task throughout the nine weeks and helps the students know what's coming up--great accountability for everyone! To the right of that is our multiplication fact tracker sheet. The kiddos take multiplication tests once every few weeks and if they get a 100 they get a sticker by that number. Below that is a list of my different Math groups. Underneath everything is what is in each station for the week. I stapled sheet protectors to the bulletin board and change out the paper every week. Our four centers are Math Facts, At your Seat, Teacher Time, and Hands on. In the green baskets on the desks I keep everything needed for centers. I also stapled our Science and Social Studies schedule for the 9 weeks on this board.


In between the two bulletin boards I keep the drawers where students turn in their work. Each drawer is labeled with a different subject. This has been a LIFE SAVER for me. I have a student who gets everything out of the drawers in the afternoon and I can easily grade everything from the day.

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Next is our Reader's Workshop and jobs bulletin board. Below the rotation board I have what is in each station for the week just like math. We have a Reader's Response center, Enjoy a Book, At your Seat, and Discuss the Text. Each week Enjoy a Book and At your Seat stay the same and the other two centers rotate depending on if were doing Science or Social Studies that week. Since I integrate Science and Social Studies into my literacy block this is a great way for students to practice their Science or Social Studies content through literacy strategies. I also have a list of our reading groups and a schedule for our Writer's Workshop. I will do another post on how I do Writer's Workshop soon : ) The blue baskets on the desks hold everything the students need for Reader's Workshop during the week. 


To the right of our Reader's workshop board is our jobs board! Each Monday during our morning meeting we change jobs. I have each student's name written on a Popsicle stick. I choose a stick, call their name, and they choose their job for the week. My kiddos this year are ROCKSTARS when it comes to their jobs. They take them very seriously ; ) I also keep our Eagle Bucks here. Students earn Eagle Bucks around the school for showing good behavior. When we get to 50 as a class they earn a surprise (lunch with the teacher, Popsicles, Free Friday, etc.)

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I hope this was helpful to my teachers friends and I can't wait to share more of my classroom soon! Let me know what kind of things you'd like to see or hear more about : )

Monday, November 10, 2014

HOSPITALITY



Over the last two weeks I have been going through the She Reads Truth Hospitality study and WOW such an amazing study! Hosting has always been a passion of mine. Any excuse to open my home to others is something that I really enjoy. I am always the first to offer to host and look forward to the weeks that small group is at our house. I just really enjoy creating a space that people want to be in. Adam and I both take a lot of pride in the way our home looks and feels and love opening our doors to others.

With that said, I think a lot of times I can get a little too caught up in making sure my home is "pinterest perfect" and fail to remember the real meaning of hospitality. This study helped open my eyes to the fact that hospitality is a lot less about the specifics and a lot more about the people. If people come into my home and think it looks pretty but they don't feel loved then what is the point? I want people to come into my home and feel free to open up my cabinets and get a cup and pour themselves a drink, I want people to plop down on my couch without fear of messing up my pillows, I want people to leave my home feeling like they left a comfortable space.

Jesus speaks of hospitality all throughout the bible. Not in the sense of how to set the perfect table or creating a great playlist, but rather how to open your home to others--especially those who are the least of these--and allowing them to see Him through our servitude.

With the holiday season approaching there will be many opportunities to practice the kind of hospitality that Jesus intended and I pray I can continually keep my heart set on Him when opening my home to others.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

SEPHORA VIB SALE || MY PICKS

The Sephora VIB 20% off sale is currently going on through Monday! I made an order online yesterday and thought I'd share my picks. This is a great time to stock up on everyday essentials as well as try out those products that have been on your radar for a while. I did both and can't wait to get my shipment!


Makeup For Ever Mat Velvet+ || This is my holy grail foundation! I have been using this consistently for the last 3-4 years and have not found anything better for my combination skin.

Benefit They're Real || This mascara is magical. Again, this is my go-to, everyday, mascara. I always look forward to Santa coming because he puts one in my stocking every year ; )

Anastasia Brow Wiz || This is a new product for me. I have been using the Benefit Instant Brow Pencil for about a month now and while I love the color, I hate having to sharpen it every.single.time. I use it. I'm hoping this pencil won't give me as much trouble!

Dior Creme De Rose Lip Balm || This is one of those products I have always wanted to try but could never bring myself to pay $20+ for lip balm. I almost forgot about it until the last minute and stuck it in my cart : )

Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics || I religiously use the Naked 2 and 3 pallets and my basic colors are pretty much gone in both so I thought it would be a good time to try out this basics pallet!

To receive the discount you must be a Sephora VIB or VIB Rouge member, then use code GIFTVIB.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

WELCOME || CLASSIC CITY CREATIVE

I could not be more excited to share this new space! Over the last few weeks I have really had a desire to shake things up and change everything about my blog. I never felt a connection with Life with the Leakeys and had honestly lost my desire to write. I knew I needed a change and needed to step out of my comfort zone a bit. I am so thankful for such a talented friend like Victoria who executed my vision beautifully!


I am so excited to introduce you to Classic City Creative! Here's a little of what you can expect in the future...

-home decor posts (house tour, decorating tips, & more)
-style + beauty posts (monthly favorites & product reviews)
-life posts (monthly goals, current bible studies, classroom happenings etc.)
-lots and lots of baby posts (monthly updates on Bennett, baby product must haves, & life as new parents!)

These are the things that make up my life and I am so excited to share them in this space. I am really looking forward to this new beginning and hope you will continue to follow along. xO

Make sure to update your blog feed to reflect our new URL (you can unfollow and re-follow to make it easier), subscribe by e-mail in the sidebar, or follow on Bloglovin by clicking here.

p.s. there's a little baby update below ; )

BENNETT || 36 WEEKS



We are officially in the home stretch, my friends! I am so excited and SO ready to meet my little man. I had a doctor's appointment this week so I thought I would do a quick update...

How far along: 36 weeks

Baby size: Bennett weighs just over 5 lbs and should be about 18 inches long.

Baby's progress: Bennett is officially head down and "engaged." I am SO happy that he moved from being transverse and that the doctor's didn't have to help him ; )

Weight gain: I literally can't even talk about it... 30 lbs and I want to die.

Stretch marks: Nope, but I've heard they can come in full force after delivery so I'll continue lathering on my lotion!

Sleep: Some nights are better than others. Now that he is so low I am having to go to the bathroom more and more in the middle of the night. 

Gender: Still a boy!

Movement: I still feel him moving a lot but I can tell he is starting to run out of run. I am feeling more jabs and punches than flipping and moving. 

Best moment this week: Finally finishing all my thank you cards!!

Looking forward to: My best friends are throwing me a shower this weekend!

Food cravings: Still chewing a lot of ice, but not really craving any foods. 

Weirdest food I ate this week: Nothing out of the ordinary. 

Anything make your queasy or sick: Nope

Labor signs: As of my appointment yesterday I am 1cm dilated, 50% effaced, and he is -2 engaged. While this seems exciting, it could also mean nothing. Basically my midwife said I could give birth next week...or next month. so there's that. I'm hoping it means Bennett will be making his arrival sooner rather than later! We will have a better idea next week when we check my progress again. 

What I miss: Doing things the normal way. Everything is hard these days. It's hard to shower, hard to walk, hard to sit, hard to eat..everything is really freaking hard. 

Symptoms: I can definitely tell a change in the way I am carrying him. He has dropped so much in the last 2 weeks and I feel like I'm walking with a bowling ball between my legs..it's lovely. I've also started having random, very mild, contractions. They aren't anything to get excited over but they are something! I've also had a ton of pressure on my pelvis bone which is not comfortable at all.

Things that suck: Waiting and not knowing when I will get to meet my son!

Things that don't suck: Knowing I will meet my son sometime in the next 4 weeks..AHH!!!! Best feeling ever : ) 

Monday, October 27, 2014

FROM THE CLASSROOM || HALLOWEEN

Being an elementary teacher is so much fun around holidays! Any excuse for a fun activity, right?! I came across this fun pumpkin observation activity and knew I wanted to do it with my kiddos.

We started out last week by making visual observations of our pumpkins. The kids drew a picture of their pumpkin, labeled the pumpkin, came up with adjectives to describe their pumpkin, etc.

Today we got to do the fun (messy) stuff! We started by learning about circumference and talking about how we would find the circumference of our round pumpkins with straight rulers that don't bend. I was (pleasantly) surprised with the clever ways my friends came up with to measure the circumference of their pumpkins! Most chose to use tape around the middle and then measure the tape : )



Next we made predictions about whether the pumpkins would float or not and then tested it out in the classroom sink. The students were surprised to find that all the pumpkins floated! Next the kids made estimates about how many seeds they thought were in their pumpkins. I walked around and cut the tops off the pumpkins and let them go to town! They loved this and did really well at not making too big of a mess (they know their teacher is OCD ha!)





We had so much fun doing this activity and I will definitely be doing it again next year! Any time you can make learning more hands on and fun for the kiddos the better!

I have some more fun Halloween activities planned for this week that I can't wait to share : )

Thursday, October 23, 2014

34 weeks



how far along: 34 weeks! 

baby size: BT should be around 18 inches and almost 5lbs. We go for an ultrasound next week so I should get some more exact measurements. Looking forward to seeing how big he's gotten! 

baby's progress: We are still hoping that Bennett flips. He is completely sideways right now and is showing very little sign of trying to turn. There have been a few mornings that I wake up and he's somewhat in the right position but as soon as I get up he's back to being sideways. 


weight gain: 25lbs (!!!!) this is crazy to me! 


stretch marks: Still none, & really thankful for this!


sleep: Sleep has gone back down hill. I'm just to the point where I am so big I can't get comfortable at all. 


gender: BOY! Bennett Tucker.


movement: 
He moves all the time! It's my favorite thing ever : )

best moment this week: I've had a really productive week at home and at work. I'm feeling extremely ready for him to be here!! I am almost finished with my maternity leave sub plans and this is a HUGE weight off my shoulders!


looking forward to: Our dr's appointment next week. We finally get to see our little man on ultrasound! We haven't had one since 18 weeks and I have been DYING to see what he looks like! I'm also hopeful we will establish some sort of "plan" for his birth if he still hasn't turned (aka c-section the week before thanksgiving if I have it my way!)


Also looking forward to our "babymoon" next weekend! We are heading down to Jacksonville for the Georgia/Florida game but are taking a couple of extra days to vacation before : ) Looking forward to a relaxing weekend with the hubs! Last vacation before BABY!

food cravings: I haven't really had any cravings this entire pregnancy, more aversions than anything. 


weirdest food I ate this week: Again, nothing too weird..still on the ice kick though. I thought I may be anemic but they checked last week and I'm not, just really like ice right now ha!


anything making you queasy or sick: No, & I could not be more thankful for this!!!!


labor signs: Tons of Braxton Hicks contractions still.  


what I miss: Being skinny. I'll be totally honest, I really don't like the way I look pregnant and can't wait for Bennett to be here so I can get this body back in shape!


symptoms: Still having terrible leg cramps and my sciatic nerve has been acting up. Since I have a pretty far commute (50 miles) by the time I get home in the afternoons I have to lay on a heating pad for a minute. 


things that suck: Having to wear anything other than pajamas totally sucks. 


things that don't suck: Feeling READY. I know it's still early, but I feel so good knowing that if he came right this second he would be perfectly fine. I'm hoping to get in 4 more weeks and then he is free to come!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Last Free Weekend Before Baby!

this may not make sense to a lot of people but when we started talking about having a baby our main goal was to make sure the birth did not take place during football season. when you have a husband who works in the football world your weekends are dictated by where the team is playing. we knew that our best option was to try our best to have a baby not during the season. we pretty much succeeded in that other than the fact that BT may come the last week of the season. but really that's not a huge deal. the only thing we didn't really think through very well was the fact of me being pregnant during football season. obviously adam works a lot during the season and it's hard to find a weekend that doesn't revolve around UGA football. this past weekend just so happened to be our last free weekend at home together before bennett arrives. adam didn't have to travel to arkansas for the game this weekend and stayed home instead : ) we declared it #lastfreeweekendbeforebaby.

we started our weekend with a fun night at terrapin brewery with some friends!


afterwards we headed to a fun dinner date, just the two of us, at dipalmas


the next morning we were up early and out the door for a yummy breakfast at big city bread. 



we spent the rest of the day watching the georgia game with friends and getting things done around the house.

sunday was another great day of yummy food. we went to the globe and I had french toast..again : ) we ended our sunday night with UGA football family dinner.



it was so nice to spend the entire weekend with adam taking in our last few moments of it being just us two. we still have about 6 (or less) weeks until bennett gets here and we have our babymoon (aka georgia/florida game weekend in jacksonville) but every other weekend is full of football so I was super happy for this time together : )

let the countdown to BT begin!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

thirty two weeks


how far along: 32 weeks..and a few days

baby size: BT is about 16 inches long and weighs about 3 lbs. 

baby's progress: We are working on getting Bennett to turn! He is currently transverse and has shown very little effort in flipping. I go back to the doctor this week and if he still hasn't turned we will have an ultrasound to see his exact positioning. If he still hasn't turned by my next appointment they will try to turn him from the outside. This straight up terrifies me but the thought of a c-section scares me too. Either way I just want my baby to be safe : ) 


weight gain: 18lbs and counting. I'm starting to get nervous that I am putting on so much weight with so much time still to go but hopefully I won't have too much trouble getting rid of it after he gets here. As long as Bennett is healthy I will do whatever : )


stretch marks: Nope, & so thankful!


sleep: I have had some of the best sleep I've had in a long time lately. Mostly because I come home absolutely exhausted everyday!


gender: BOY! Bennett Tucker.


movement: 
He is CONSTANTLY swimming. It is the craziest/coolest/weirdest thing ever. But I love it! I think this is the one part of pregnancy I will truly miss. I love watching him from the outside and just wondering what he looks like...

best moment this week: I have been nesting like crazy and sold about four pieces of unused furniture in our house!


looking forward to: Bennett's second baby shower! We had a shower with my family a few weeks ago and now are having one with Adam's family. Everyone has been so generous and we are getting pretty close to having everything we need for Bennett!


food cravings: Um, if its food..I will eat it. I guess my body is making up for the 20+ weeks I spent throwing up everything I ate but holy crap this girl can EAT! I have a feeling I'm getting a tiny glimpse of what it will be like when BT is a teenage ha!


weirdest food I ate this week: Nothing too strange in the food department but I have been eating ice like crazy!!! I'm pretty sure this means I'm anemic so I've been trying to eat more foods high in iron just in case. 


anything making you queasy or sick: I had one day of sickness a few weeks ago but I will blame it on the funnel cake I devoured at the county fair................


labor signs: I've been having a lot of braxton hicks contractions. Most of the time they are not very noticeable but sometimes they are pretty uncomfortable. 


what I miss: Let's be honest..I miss shaving my legs. I have had to start doing it only once or twice a week because I physically can't do it. It takes forever, makes my belly hurt, and just all around sucks. Good thing were entering fall...ha!


symptoms: leg cramps..ugh! I miss being able to get a good leg stretch in when I wake up..if I even try now I instantly cramp up and it HURTS. Also, heartburn has entered full force over the last few weeks..I'm hoping the old wives tale is true and BT has lots of hair!


things that suck: pants. 


things that don't suck: feeling like I can finally see the finish line! It is so crazy to me that I only have 8 (or less..) weeks left before I can meet our son. I can't wait to see what and who he looks like and just get to know him. SO excited : )

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

October Goals

..or should I say September goals part 2 because if I'm being honest, I didn't accomplish a single thing I wanted to during the month of September. I have never felt a month pass so quickly!! I had every intention of completing BT's room, shooting an adorable reveal, finishing up my classroom and sharing my space with you, but life happened. I have spent the past month on over drive. My heart and head are in totally opposite directions and life is moving too fast. I have had several moments of shear panic over the last month about the fact that our baby is about to be here. 8 weeks y'all. EIGHT weeks. That just sends me into a tailspin thinking about it. We have so much left to do to get ready. I have SO much to do at work to get ready. It's just a lot.

this book is amazing. go read it!


Since I didn't quite get around to my September goals I'm going just move them right along to October as well as add in one more--going on our last vacation before Bennett gets here! Surprise, surprise our babymoon revolves around a football game, but we are heading down to Jacksonville a couple days before the Georgia/Florida game to get some much needed R&R and enjoy our last trip without a baby : ) I am super excited to get away with Adam and really enjoy each other's company.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

September Goals

sneak peek of my classroom tour that I will be posting soon as part of my September goals : )

Better late than never! 10 days into September and I'm just now getting around to posting my goals for the month. Life.Is.BUSY. 

August Goals 
1. Finish my 6th grad school class with an "A" (this is a big deal if you knew how bad I've been doing haha #BlamingItOnBeingPregnant)
2. Blog more about what I'm doing in my classroom
3. Blog more in general
4. Register for BT
5. Enjoy the first weekend of college football


That's right, every single goal..complete! 

August was a great month for me. August always feels like a "new year" to me. Starting back to work with a new school year and new class was so good for me. I needed some newness in my life. Overall, pregnancy was a dream the entire month and I really got a lot accomplished both at work and at home. 

September Goals
1. Complete Bennett's nursery and post the reveal
2. Book maternity pictures for October
3. Finalize maternity leave lesson plans/paper work (!!!!)
4. Burn through my first Leaves candle of the season--this makes me ridiculously happy.
5. Post my classroom tour : )

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Football in the Classroom

Obviously I am a huge Georgia football fan and always like to incorporate it into my classroom in any way possible. With the start of football season coming this weekend we are spending the week doing some fun football type activities!

Here are two things we have done so far this week....

My teammate Nicole and I made this fun football field for the hallway. We are going to track the student's progress on their addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division time tests. Each time they make a 100 on the test they will move their football down the field. We think this will be a fun way for student's to track their progress and celebrate Georgia football ; )



The next thing we are starting this week is a graph for the total points scored each game. Every Monday after a game weekend we are going to graph the total points Georgia scored during the previous game. Since we do a lot of work with graphs in third grade we thought this would be a fun way to practice.


Happy college football weekend!!

P.S. I am still working on my complete classroom tour--it's taking a lot longer to get pictures of everything than I thought! Should be able to post it sometime next week though : )

Friday, August 22, 2014

25 weeks


Here we are, another few weeks down! It's so hard to believe that in just two weeks I will be in my third trimester. Weeks 23 and 24 were by far my favorite weeks of pregnancy so far. I feel like I have finally reached a good place with this pregnancy and am feeling really really good!

how far along: 25 weeks, 1 day! Only 15 weeks (or less) to go : )

baby size: We haven't had an ultrasound since 18 weeks, but he is still measuring ahead of schedule according to my belly measurements. He should be around 13 1/2 inches and 1 1/2 pounds. Roughly the size of a rutabaga (I have no idea what that is...)

baby's progress: BT is still growing and kicking away. 


weight gain: This girl has put on a few lbs since the last update. 2 weeks ago at the doctor I was up 12 lbs. I'll chalk it up to the fact that I can finally eat. 


stretch marks: Nope, & so thankful!


sleep: Still pretty good thanks to my Snoogle pillow


gender: BOY BOY BOY!! Bennett Tucker : )


movement: 
Bennett has been moving a ton lately and making his presence well known. He is extremely active after I take a shower and relax on the couch. Adam and I (okay, really more me..) love sitting and watching my belly. It's so fun to be able to see his movements from the outside. 

best moment this week: making it another full week with NO meds!!!! See ya Zofran! FINALLY!


looking forward to: Finishing the nursery! I have it roughly planned out but have to make a few more big purchases before I will be able to start on the decorative parts. So far though I am loving how it's turning out. 


food cravings: No cravings recently. 


weirdest food I ate this week: I had nachos and cinnamon rolls for dinner one night..and I don't feel bad about it at all. 


anything making you queasy or sick: NO, & THANK YOU JESUS! Y'all have no idea how excited I am that I have officially be Zofran free for almost 2 full weeks. Being constantly sick for 23 straight weeks is no fun at all. Here's to really enjoying the rest of my pregnancy!


labor signs: Nope


what I miss: Being able to wear regular pants.... I still have a few pairs that I can wear but they aren't the comfiest. The rubber band trick and belly band are working like a charm right now. 


symptoms: Honestly, other than my belly getting pretty big recently I have been feeling so good!


things that suck: No more mid-day naps. I really think teachers should get a small nap time.. 


things that don't suck: Feeling better. I truly am so thankful that right as I went back to work my sickness pretty much went away over night. I was so worried about starting a new school year dealing with morning all day sickness. Work has been going SO good and my class is THE BEST. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Ready for Fall!

I don't know about y'all but the start of the new school year always gets me in the mood for fall. I can't wait for crisp mornings, riding boots, UGA football, hot Starbucks drinks, pumpkin patches and Leaves candles!! Not to mention our sweet baby boy will be making his debut at the end of fall (which makes me REALLY excited for fall maternity pictures : )

I have gone a little "fall crazy" on Pinterest this week and thought I'd share some of my favorite pins..





What are you most excited about for fall??


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Baby Bennett Fashion

Ever since I found out we are having a boy I have dreamed of dressing him like a mini Adam. If there is one thing my husband has it is amazing style! The boy never leaves the house without looking perfect. He has more clothes than me and currently takes up 2 closets in our house! I love that Adam cares about his appearance and I know Bennett will look just as cute in all his clothes ;)

My friend from work, Nicole, told me about a huge consignment sale that she goes to every year. We went together this week and I found some really great pieces for a STEAL! I got five things for less than $30. There was SO much to look at and I really had to stop myself from going crazy because it was all so good.

Here are my purchases for B...

Obviously had to get this UGA jon jon! It is a 6 month so I don't know if he'll even be able to wear it next season but it was only $10 so I figured I can at least squeeze him into it for the first game!

This will be perfect for Braves games next summer! I think the "B" is for baseball...but to me it's for Bennett ; )


I about lost it when I saw this one...it has mini daddy written all over it!! I can't wait to pair this with some khaki shorts/pants and sperrys..Ahhh!!


I literally cannot handle it. I can't wait to see MY BABY in these clothes! (only 16 weeks left!)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

From the Classroom

Our new school year has begun and I am so excited to share more about what I'm doing in my classroom this year. Obviously being a teacher is a huge part of my life and takes up most of my time during the school year, so why not share!? We are half way done with our first week of school and, fingers crossed, I have a pretty awesome class so far! We have already done some really fun activities together.

This year my school is implementing STEM so I wanted to do something STEM/team building related the first week of school. We did this activity as teachers during pre-planning and I thought my students would enjoy it too!

All you need are spaghetti sticks, marshmallows, string, and tape (I also gave them a pair of scissors). I let my students pick their own groups and gave them thirty minutes to build the highest tower with their marshmallow on top. It was fun to watch the students work together and come up with a design. Although only one group's structure actually stayed up at the end I was still really impressed with how well they worked together and how interesting their designs were! Activities like these tell you a lot about the students in your class.



(while I was taking this one, one of my students said "send this to all your friends"..so here I am, sharing with all my friends ; )


After the thirty minutes were up we talked about things they learned that would help them if they were to do this challenge again. One of the biggest things they said was to conserve their materials. Several groups ran out and weren't able to complete their structure because of it. I will probably do it again sometime mid-year to see if they can do it any better : )

Also--I'm going to be sharing my classroom tour once I can remember to take my camera to school (#PregnancyBrain!) so be on the lookout for that!