baby boy: 5 months

My little guy is getting so big so quickly!  I can’t believe how much he’s grown in the past 5 months!  But, it is hard to even imagine him being the tiny little newborn he was just 5 months ago.  He certainly is a silly little guy and has stolen my heart!

Miles - 5 months


Miles is still a GREAT little eater!  He is now going about 4 hours between feedings, although there have been a few days recently where he has gone longer without any problem.  He will take between 4 and 7 ounces when he is given a bottle, and it takes about 20 minutes total for him to eat when I breastfeed him (both sides).

Today is the last day I will be dreamfeeding him.  I’m a little sad about it because I really like that time with him before bed.  (Why is it that you can’t wait for your kids to go to sleep but miss them terribly when they are sleeping?!)  But, he’s been sleeping through the night consistently for almost 8 weeks now and the few times I’ve skipped his dreamfeed, he has not had any issues.  So, I think it’s time to drop it.  I’m fully prepared that he might regress and start waking up at night (we miraculously made it through the last month without a sleep regression), but I am hopeful that he will do well with just 4 feedings during the day.

Miles - 18 weeks


Miles is also doing great with sleeping!  I feel VERY lucky that I don’t think any sleep training will be involved for awhile (unlike his big sissy).  He goes to bed when MacKenna does, around 8PM.  We put him down with his eyes open and within just a few minutes, he is sound asleep!  I have stopped swaddling him, per the pediatrician’s recommendation, and he is still sleeping mostly on his back.  There have been a few times where I’ve gone in in the morning and he’s on his tummy, but he is mostly a back sleeper.  He is definitely moving around a lot in his sleep and I have come in to find him with an arm and a leg out the slots in the crib, but that doesn’t seem to bother him too much!

Miles - 19 weeks


Oh boy, we have such a silly little boy!  He loves to babble and has started blowing raspberries.  He is starting to sort of “talk back” to us when we talk to him.  He loves to play and can keep himself entertained for the most part while lying on the floor.  He also loves anything that involves his hands – patty cake, clapping, or just having a toy in his hands.  He’s been sticking his tongue out more and more, and if you poke at hit, he thinks it’s hilarious.  He absolutely LOVES the 3 of us and will giggle at anything that we say.

Miles - 20 weeks

Big Sister

MacKenna still LOVES Miles – I am really hoping that they grow up as best friends, but I’m not holding my breath.  (Matt and I definitely did not get along well with our siblings until we were older.)  She loves giving him attention.  She frequently pats his head or tummy and tries to hold his hand.  She does also get mad for “pinching” her – she doesn’t quite understand that he has no control over those things AND that it’s going to get much, much worse.

She is currently our bad sleeper.  It takes us awhile to get her to go to sleep and most nights lately she has been waking up in the middle of the night.  Thankfully, we can just go put her back in bed and she’ll go right back to sleep.  Life would be pretty perfect though if she would be as good a sleeper as her brother!  She’s definitely a handful, but I’ll get to that in a separate post.

Other Stuff

Weight:  When we took him to the pediatrician a month ago, he was around 13 pounds, which is only the 7th percentile!  She called him petite, which amazed both of us because he’s gigantic compared to Kenna at that age!  I’m guessing he’s 14 pounds now…

Diapers:  Cloth, but size 2 in disposables

Clothes:  3-6 months and 6 months, although pants are a little long on him

Likes:  Playing with his toys on the floor, putting everything into his mouth, pulling Mama’s hair, playing patty cake + other clapping songs, being pulled up to standing

Dislikes:  Being overtired, the carseat when it is not moving

Firsts:  Blowing raspberries, reaching for things, scooting and rolling (he will definitely be an early crawler!)

Miles - 21 weeks


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reflections on my third year of teaching

Two and a half days left of the school year.  Two and a half days left of my third year of teaching.  Honestly, if you would have told me during my first year of teaching that I’d actually make it to 3 years, I probably would’ve laughed in your face, and then broken down into tears.  My first year of teaching was rough.  I’ve never doubted myself with my abilities that much or felt so much like a failure ever in my life.  I spent many-a-nights in tears over my day.  I had many sleepless nights dreading the next day of school.  Needless to say, it was an extremely hard year for me.

During that first year of teaching, I had several teachers tell me that the first three years of teaching are the hardest.  Now that I’ve survived those three years, I can honestly say they were right.  But, it has gotten so much easier.  I finally feel like I have found my groove and am becoming the teacher I always envisioned myself being.  Am I Mrs. Tackett yet?  Far from it, nor will I ever be as incredible as she is.  But, I am beginning to really love what I do and feel like I actually know what I’m doing.


Those of you who are not teachers might feel that three years is a long time to not know how to do your job.  And you would be right.  It’s not that I don’t know how to do my job or that I’m not a good teacher.  It’s that every single day is different and completely unexpected.  There are days when every single kid – even the good ones – are pushing my buttons and trying to cause me to go just a tad bit crazy.  Other days, I might have the one kid who has been driving me up the wall say something that shows me I am finally getting through to them.  It’s the toughest job I’ve ever had, yet it’s probably one of the most rewarding.  (A good weight loss success story is tough to beat…)

My first year I felt that every single kid was against me.  I felt that I was given the worst classes I could possibly imagine (I mean, all eighth grade for a first year teacher isn’t exactly ideal) and that I was never, ever going to get through the end of that year.  I spent a lot of time reading and observing different teaching methods, just trying to figure out how to get things under control.  I thought I had the worst job and that I should have never gotten into education.


Three years later, things are better.  There are a handful of kids that are by far not my favorite, but for the most part, I have some really great students.  Eighth graders are still my toughest classes to teach, but there are definitely some stellar kids in even the hardest of classes.  I’ve learned how to set expectations up front and enforce them to the best of my ability to keep my classes under control.  While I still struggle with how to respond to difficult situations (how do you react when a kid cusses you out?!), I’m getting much better.  I have had some great coworkers and mentors to help me along the way and I am forever indebted to them!


My 2 counterparts who I owe a lot of who I am as a teacher to them!  We make a good team for sure!

There are days I come home absolutely LOVING my job, and other days, I am down on myself and frustrated.  But, I no longer wake up dreading driving in to work.  I’m finally comfortable in my teaching abilities and know that I have plenty of room for growth and improvement to continue making myself and even better teacher.  Do I feel that I will retire as a teacher?  I still haven’t decided that yet, but I know that regardless of where I am teaching or if I teach for the next 27 years, I feel like I’m at least doing something I enjoy.

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#rnrchi training: week 3

Happy last week of school to all my (local) teacher friends! Only 4.5 days for me this week and then school’s out for summer! And I seriously can NOT WAIT! Things that I’m looking forward to this summer:

  • Spending time with my kiddos (duh)
  • Going to the beach
  • A trip to Chicago with my hubby without kids!
  • Branson!
  • Taking the kids to the zoo, park, and pool
  • Swimming lessons for MacKenna!

It’s going to be a good summer!  We’re also planning on getting some stuff done around the house that we have been putting off since we moved in 8 months ago.  You know, like hanging the TV above the fireplace, finally putting pictures on the wall, and finishing painting all the bedrooms and bathrooms.  Thank goodness for both of us being off for the summer – our house will be in tip top shape come August (fingers crossed).


I’m also looking forward to finishing up my training and actually running RnR Chicago.  It’ll be nice to start training in the morning again too!  It’s so much harder to get motivated after a long day at work when all I want to do is go home and hang out on the floor with my babies.  So, yes, the little things like that are definitely what I’m looking forward to.

But, this week was another good week of training – again, a lot of flexibility in scheduling my workouts was needed.  And this week will be much worse since there are a TON of things going on this week.  But, believe me, I will be partying it up on Friday night! ;)

Monday:  3.5 mile easy run (8:06 pace)
For time:
Back Squats 50x, 45#
Situps 100x
Jump Rope 400x
SDHP 50x
Box Jump Overs 100x
Run 1 mile

Tuesday:  3 mile easy run (7:58 pace)
5 rounds for time:
Run 200m
Inverted Row 16x
Pushups 9x

Wednesday:  21-15-9-6-3 reps:
Front Squats, 45#

Thursday:  5 mile treadmill hill run, including… (7:55 pace)
2 x 90s hill w/ 1 min recovery
2 x 60s hill w/ 1 min recovery
2 x 30s hill w/ 1 min recovery
4 x 15s hill w/ 1 min recovery


Friday:  2 mile easy run (7:59 pace)
AMRAP in 12 minutes of:
Run 400m
Deadlifts 5x, 75#
(6 rounds)

Saturday:  OFF

Sunday:  7  mile long run (8:06 pace)
45 minutes of sand volleyball (and I’m feeling it today…)

Total:  22 miles

It’s still crazy to me that I’m training for a half marathon and my weekly mileage just now hit over 20 miles per week.  Training for 5Ks a year ago, I was running 30-40 mile weeks.  I’ll get back there eventually though.  I just have to keep reminding myself that I have plenty of time to get back to the paces I want to hit and run the races I want to run.

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