2020

As 2019 comes to a close, I am feeling so much anticipation about the year our baby boy will make his arrival and make our little family even more complete!

2019 was full of wonderful memories: I hosted my first student teacher, submitted my National Board Certification work, we got our house mostly “finished” (are you ever really finished?)…my students and I hosted our first major event about resilience and toxic stress, and I continued that work with a few other professional presentations. We got to travel to California with some students for FCCLA National competition, and then to Arizona for our first wedding anniversary. We found out the biggest news of our lives – that we were expecting a baby – and got to share that news with family and friends. We moved schools, I was awarded Teacher of the Year at school this year, and found out recently that I did earn my National Board Certification. Wrapped up the year by spending time with family at home, relaxing, and getting as ready as we can for this little guy coming soon! So many sweet memories were had in 2019, but I know that 2020 is going to be such a new adventure altogether. This year, a new year really does bring a huge shift as we become parents for the first time! We have been truly blessed and showered in love by so many people who are important to us, and we can’t wait for everyone to get to meet our son.

In 2020, I don’t have any real resolutions; mostly I am focusing on being kind to myself as I navigate my new role as a mom, and to just make good decisions with Andrew about what is best for us and our family. I think we are going to have our hands full without making tons of other rules for ourselves, but we do both want to focus on our health as well by making better choices about what we eat and staying more active. I see lots of walks with a stroller in my future!

Whether you are someone who makes resolutions every year or not, I hope that 2020 is good to you! We will be ringing in the new year tonight with our doggies, probably in our soft clothes just hanging out on the couch 🙂 Happy New Year!

Update on Baby McClannon

We are getting there! Baby McClannon is due at the end of January and I am 28 weeks along today – officially into my third trimester! I had my first baby shower this past weekend, which was such a special time to celebrate with so many people I love! We are gearing up for two more weekends of showers before Thanksgiving, so it is a busy time – but full of great things!

We have an ultrasound appointment next week to check in on baby M and re-check all of his measurements. The doctors have been keeping a close eye on my blood pressure, so they want to keep an even closer eye on baby’s growth. They also put me on a low dose of blood pressure medicine at my last check-up. I had a hard time with this at first, but I know it’s fairly common in pregnancies and I have to remind myself that the doctors are the experts and are looking out for everyone’s best interest – so I’m rolling with it! This most likely means that baby will be induced early, either at 39 or 37 weeks – still full-term. So that part is to be determined, and since it’s out of my hands, I am going ahead and planning on the earliest possibility for my sub plans at school.

Everyone wants to know his name, but we haven’t named him yet! So far we are just calling him Baby McClannon. We have also been calling him Jett, which is what some of my students named him months ago and we have been using it as a place keeper for when we have a real name – but that one’s just for fun! We have discussed names but are not deciding or announcing until we meet our guy. My students are really hopeful that Jett will stick!

Another thing everyone asks is if our nursery is all set. That answer is a big NO – our nursery is more or less nonexistent! I mean, we have the room, and we have a lot of things dumped into the room…but that’s about it! We figured we would wait until our showers are complete and we have our “baby stuff” to start organizing and getting things settled. My goal for that is to work on the nursery over Thanksgiving break! We will paint it and start getting the room together and organized. I’m excited to see it come together! I have a vision, so we’ll see how it actually turns out 🙂

I am planning to take 12 weeks off from work. That means, as a teacher, if you’ve never thought about it…I have to write 12 weeks’ worth of lesson plans for a substitute to carry out for me. I probably won’t even get to meet my kids for second semester, so my long-term sub is going to be starting the semester with my students and I’ll return probably sometime in April, depending on when the baby comes. So that means probably after spring break, when there are no more breaks in the year, right before summer break comes and the school is at its tipping point! Haha! That is giving me a large amount of stress, but I am working through it slowly and surely! I just hope my classes aren’t completely off the wall when I come back! (They will be). This is a PSA for someone to create a foolproof maternity sub plan system for all teachers who go on leave.

So overall, things are moving right along over here! All of our check ups and measurements of baby so far have been “perfectly normal,” which I’m told is the best thing! I am loving being pregnant and I’m so thankful for this addition to our family. I know that it isn’t easy or even possible for everyone, and I am truly grateful for a mostly uneventful and “typical” pregnancy. I can’t wait to introduce our son (!!!) to the dogs, and to settle into our new normal after the initial chaos of bringing home a newborn! I am ready for it and I know it will be so hard, but so worth it. I can’t wait to see Andrew as a dad!

I’m still here!

I can’t believe it has been since JANUARY that I wrote last. I had just been overwhelmed and busy with regular life and work stuff, and I wasn’t feeling very inspired because everything just kept coming at me fast. But here I am, ready to write here and there whenever I do feel inspired and when I have the time! Just in time for school to start again…because I’m sure that won’t be busy, right?

There is definitely a lot to write about – I’m so incredibly thrilled to announce that Andrew and I are expecting a baby boy in the winter! Baby McClannon is due on January 29. I am about 4.5 months pregnant, so almost halfway there! Crazy to think about. It has gone by so fast in some ways, and slow in others. Waiting to tell people was so hard for us! We got Whitney to take some pictures for us for our anniversary and for a pregnancy announcement, and they are gorgeous. Whitney is so talented and that is not news to me, but the fact that she can make us look this good in the 90+ degree, 85% humidity of NC summer, WITH all three of our dogs…now THAT is impressive. Here are a few of my favorites!

We did early detection blood testing for chromosomal abnormalities – mostly because we knew that it would tell us the gender much earlier than an ultrasound! We both really wanted to know if it was a boy or a girl. We would have been happy either way, and most importantly we just are hoping for a healthy baby! But we got the results on our one year anniversary, which was such a great gift. We were both so excited and in disbelief that it was a boy! But the test is over 99% accurate, so it’s a pretty safe bet 🙂 I am really thankful that I have not had any morning sickness/nausea throughout this pregnancy (but I have had plenty of other glamorous symptoms, don’t worry). I’ve been trying to walk as much as I can to stay active, drink tons of water, and get plenty of rest, and I’m drinking a green juice every morning to make sure I get enough veggies and fruits!

In other news, school starts on MONDAY. Or today, when you are actually reading this! I can’t wait for all of my old students to find out that we’re having a baby – since I teach parenting and early childhood classes, they’re always dying to know when we are going to have kids! Summer has absolutely FLOWN by, and we have moved our entire school into a brand new building while our school is torn down and rebuilt. We will be in the new building for 2 years, and it is amazing to have this humongous, brand new space that we get to make our own. I’ve worked really hard getting my classroom together, and as always, I have so many new ideas I want to implement and try out for the school year. The only drawback is that our start time is at 7:10am. As in, at 7:11am students are late to 1st period class. Staff arrives at 6:40am…so I am going to have to work on not snoozing the ol’ alarm in the mornings!

Those are the biggest new developments over here! I am going to try to blog more regularly again, because I really do enjoy it. I have struggled in the past with this blog because I’m never sure what direction I want it to take since I am so passionate about so many things, and what I want to write about changes so often. I do love makeup, hair, clothes, home decor, etc., but I also love teaching, cooking, reading, and writing about things like making this world a better place and making the people in it more empathetic and kind. So I think most of my hiatus was just kind of taking some time to myself to realize that this blog is really for me, firstly, and that anyone who benefits from my words or simply enjoys their time reading my posts is such a gift to me. So though I will never be an influencer or a famous YouTuber, and though I seriously need to invest in some basic photography tutorials, I am proud that I am a loving wife and dog mom, a future mom (!!!), a passionate teacher, and a sensitive and caring person. Those are things to celebrate. We are all worthy, we are all good enough, and we all deserve to go way easier on ourselves most of the time. So whatever direction this blog does end up taking at any given moment, thank you for simply coming along for the ride.

Good luck to all of the teachers who are starting school today, and good luck to all the parents and guardians sending your little ones off!