Thursday, August 22, 2013

Nursery Reveal!

Tucker's nursery is finally done!  It all came together so perfectly and I just love it.  Matt says Tucker is going to grow up thinking he lives in the woods!  Matt would live in the woods if I would let him.

The main look I was striving for in the nursery was an outdoors/woodsy theme.  As we started putting it together, it turned into more of a representation of what baby boy's life will be with his Dad - his love for the woods and deer hunting, but also his life spent at the family farm.  The woods and the farm will be a huge part of little Tuck's life.   

I love the color and simplicity of the crib.  His bedding and curtains were made by a family friend in Texarkana.  She did an amazing job!  The name garland was part of the decor at my shower.  Thanks to my dear friend, Elizabeth, for that piece of cuteness!

I wanted some cute, but simple bookshelves.  The room isn't very large so I didn't want or need an overbearing bookshelf.  These picture ledges came from IKEA and they are just the perfect size.  Matt thinks that Tucker will probably use them as a ladder one day.  Very possible! 
This little corner of the nursery represents farm life.  When Matt's parents moved to their new house recently, we found the old metal tractors that Matt had as a little kid. We brought them home for little Tuck to have when he gets older, but we had to display one - a green one of course.  His dad pretty much lives on a green tractor.  The little baby t-shirt hanging behind the tractor says "farmbaby" - how appropriate :)

We bought the changing table from a good friend of ours who used it with her children.  When I got it, it was black, but wanted it to match the crib so my dad painted it for me.  He hates painting so I owe him a huge thank you!  Anything for his first grandson :)  The sign was one of my summer projects that I got done with all my pregnancy energy!

 Tucker's door hanger has got to be the cutest thing ever made.  My dear friend, Kim, made it to hang on the door at my shower in Texarkana.  I wanted to be able to display it somewhere and it just looked super cute on the door to his nursery!
Now that the nursery is all done, all we need now is a precious little blue eyed, pudgy baby boy to add to it!


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

35 Weeks

Five weeks to go!  Yikes! 

  • How far along?  35 Weeks yesterday! Yikes! 
  • How I'm feeling? I am feeling good, but have been tired the past few days.  After two or three weeks of high blood pressure and swelling, my doctor put me on bedrest with limited activity, which meant I wasn't going back to about traumatized!  The first two weeks of school are not the ones you want to miss when you are a 1st grade teacher.  I am able to leave for an hour, two hours max if I have an errand to run, doctors office, etc., but no Walmart grocery trips or anything that requires me to be up on my feet for a long period of time.  Swelling and blood pressure has improved! 
  • Total weight gain? Not totally sure to be honest.  I do know that last week I had lost a pound and this week I had lost another half pound, so that's a positive :)
  • How big is baby? We had an ultrasound yesterday just to make sure everything was okay since I have had high blood pressure.  They estimated that Tucker is 5 pounds, 14 ounces - close to 6 pounds!  
  • Maternity Clothes? No question about what clothes I'm wearing these days :)  Since I don't leave my house much these days, my clothes pretty much consist of comfy pants and t-shirts.  .  
  • Stretch Marks? I'm pretty lucky that I've avoided stretch marks. 
  • Sleep: I'm still sleeping pretty well.  My bathroom trips have decreased to one or two at night instead of three or four, which is nice!  
  • Best Moment This Week: Not starting school yesterday was quite traumatizing for me, but I got to FaceTime with my class...just about brought this emotional pregnant momma to tears! And last week my Mom and I finished the nursery, which is just the cutest thing ever.  
  • Movement: He's still moving around, but I am still convinced he's going to be pretty laid back.  
  • Food Cravings: Cereal, cereal, and cereal.  I think I could eat it every meal.  
  • Food Aversions: Still Grilled Chicken and pizza.  
  • Labor Signs: Not yet.  According to the doctor, no dilation yet.  
  • Belly Button In or Out?? It's starting to make it's way outward.  
  • What I Miss: Leaving my house to go shop or do whatever I'd like for more than an hour! 
  • What I'm Looking Forward To: Having this baby...soon! 
  • Milestone:  Normal blood pressure this week! 


Friday, August 16, 2013

Gray Chevron First Day of School Photo Sign

Well, it's that time of year again - back to school time!  Here in Arkansas the kids start back on Monday.  Unfortunately, I won't be starting back with them this year due to my pregnancy, but more on that later.  One of my first day of school traditions is to take photos of all my students.  It's a great reminder of the first day of school and I use them throughout the year, as well as making a photo book at the end of the year and first day photos are always included!  All over the internet and Pinterest you see kids holding a chalkboard sign or other type of sign as a first day memory.  For my students this year I made a gray chevron "First day of First Grade" sign for them to hold during their first day photos that I take on the playground.  But, I didn't stop there!  For you teachers and even parents, I made one for each grade K-12 :)   Print out the signs on card stock and use as a loose leaf sign or put into a cute frame!

If you'd like to purchase a set to use with your students or children, you can visit my shop at Teachers Notebook or Teachers Pay Teachers!

Pre-K, Kindergarten, First, Second, Third -



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