A Day in the Life: Waylen

Now that I’ve blogged Waylen’s favorite foods, I’m still getting questions about how often and how much he eats so today I’m going to walk you through a day in the life of Waylen! 

Here’s what his typical day looks like: 

  • 6:15 Wake up
  • 6:15-6:30 Nurse 
  • 630-8:00 Dad and baby play time 
  • 8:00-8:15 Breakfast
  • 8:15-9:00 Play
  • 9:00-9:15 Nurse 
  • 9:15-11:00 Nap 
  • 11:00-11:40 Lunch
  • 11:40- 2:00 Play
  • 2:00-2:10 Nurse
  • 2:10-4:00 Nap #2
  • 4:00-4:30 Dinner 
  • 4:30-6:30 Play 
  • 6:30 Nurse & Bedtime Routine 
  • 7 Bedtime

Now below I’ve laid out some sample meals Waylen will eat. These are just estimates of about what he eats at each meal. Remember he’s a PIG so he eats a lot. I allow him to eat as much or as little food he wants so sometimes mealtime lasts an hour and sometimes it’s done in 15 minutes.

Breakfast Option 1: 

  • One entire Protein Waffle 
  • 2 slices of Avocado 

Breakfast Option 2: 

  • Healthy Blueberry Muffin 
  • Full fat Yogurt 
  • 3 Pear slices 

Breakfast Option 3:

  • 2 egg Veggie Omlette 
  • Avocado Slices 

Lunch Option 1: 

  • 1/3 cup left over grilled Mahi Mahi 
  • 5 Roasted Veggie Sticks

Lunch Option 2:

  • 1 Shrimp Pattie 
  • 5 Sweet Potato Sticks

Lunch Option 3:

  • 2 Mini Egg Muffins 
  • 1 “Not Horrible” Pumpkin Muffin 
  • 2 Squash Sticks

Dinner Option 1: 

  • 2 Chicken Meatballs
  • 1 Coconut nom nom 
  • 5 sweet potato sticks 
  • 2 zuchinni sticks 

Dinner Option 2: 

  •  Banza Pasta 
  •  1 Meatball 
  • 3 Steamed broccoli sticks 

Dinner Option 3: 

  • Blackbean Patty
  • 2 Avocado Slices
  • 3 Apple Slices

Remember you can find most of these recipes here on my past blog post! I also just made these Shrimp Patties for Waylen this past week and they were a hit! The only thing I did differently is swop out the mayo for Greek yogurt and skip the salt altogether. 

Hopefully this answers all your questions but if not feel free to message me! Baby Led Weaning has been such a fun and amazing journey for us and I’m SO glad we decided to go this route. He feeds himself and eats seriously everything even though he still has no teeth ha. 

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Waylen: 10 Months

We are in double digits, I repeat, WE ARE IN DOUBLE DIGITS!!

Waylen is TEN MONTHS OLD! Like, how did this happen? 


This past month Waylen has really grown up! He has nearly perfected pulling himself up to standing on pretty much everything and babbles more then ever. In addition to mama he now also says dada, dog, and good! He uses his sippy cup like a pro, can also drink out of a normal cup, and has learned to turn the pages in his books!



He LOVES eating and will seriously scarf down adult size meals twice a day. In the next few weeks we will transition to three meals and one less nursing session. These days Waylen is more and more interested in food and less and less interested in me 😭. 


Also he has finally learned to crawl!! He will still Army crawl when he is in a hurry but he is actually finally crawling for real more and more. Mostly when he’s on hard surfaces that he can’t slide on. Ha 


Unfortunately my giggly little babe doesn’t think I’m hilarious anymore ha. Okay, so he still laughs a bunch (multiple times a day) but it’s a lot harder to get him laughing for a picture! He’ll just stare at me like I’m crazy. Which I probably am… I mean, I am making crazy noises, faces, pretending to hiccup/sneeze/ do pretty much anything to get him to laugh. Oh well!


His favorite things this month are eating, drinking from his cup, moving his ball pit, playing fetch with Pickles, pulling all the books off the shelf, door stops, chewing on the media cabinets knobs, and getting into mischief. 


Waylen still isn’t walking yet but he is getting more and more comfortable on his feet! He also had his second cold this month (which he is actually still getting over.) Nothing is sadder then a baby with a runny nose! 

Besides that everything this past month as been great! I can’t believe how fast he is growing up though. Only two short months and we’ll be celebrating his birthday! CRAZY! 

BLW: Recipes 

Alright I’ve been getting a bunch of messages asking what I feed Waylen so I’ve decided to step you through some of our go to dishes. Now Waylen seriously eats everything I offer him — he’s a pig– but these are his absolute favorites! 

Protein Waffles: 

  • 1 ripe banana 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/8 t baking soda (optional) 
  • 2 heaping T nut butter 

While your waffle iron heats up, mash 1 banana then mix in 2 eggs, 1/8 t baking soda, and about two heaping spoonfuls of nut butter. We alternate between peanut and almond butter!

Coconut Nom Noms: 

  • 2 T full fat Greek yogurt 
  • 1/2 c quick Oats 
  • Hand full of chopped Strawberries (or any berry) 
  • 1 T Flaxseed 
  • 2 T Unsweetened coconut flakes for coating

These are the best! You literally just throw whatever you want in a bowl! Ha we change up the berries regularly and sometimes sub chai seeds for flaxseed or just throw in both! Mix everything together, roll into balls, and then toss in the coconut flakes. Keep them in the refrigerator overnight to let them set. 

Chicken Meatballs: 

  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove 
  • 1/2 T Basil
  • 1/2 T Black pepper 
  • 3/4 C Milked Soaked breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg 
  • 1/3 C shredded Italian blend cheese 
  • 1lb ground chicken 

Sooo the first time I made these I just winged it, no recipe or anything so the amounts are just estimates of what I used, and Chappy loved them. Yes, I did say Chappy, and no I didn’t actually make them for him. Ha The best part about this was that I had used breast milk to soak the breadcrumbs and Chappy knew that before he ate them 🤣(Waylen loved them too btw.) Soak the breadcrumbs, mix everything in a bowl, roll into balls, (tip: wet your hands with water to prevent sticking) bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. 

Sweet Potatoes: 

  • Cinnamon 
  • Olive oil 
  • Sweet potato 

These are super easy!! All I do is peel, slice into strips (about the size of my pinky,) drizzle with olive oil, toss, then sprinkle with cinnamon. I cook them at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. 

Pasta

  • Banza chickpea penne 
  • 1 can of no salt diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 c shallot 
  • 1 garlic clove 
  • 1 t black pepper 
  • 1 t dried basil 

Banza is a great, healthier alternative to pasta for your little babes so try it out if you haven’t! For the sauce I sauté the shallot and garlic in about a tablespoon of olive oil until the shallot is translucent and the garlic is fragrant. Add the tomatoes and can juice, pepper, and basil. Simmer about 5 minutes until thickened and then toss in pasta!

Blueberry Muffins: 

I used THIS is the recipe for Waylen’s blueberry muffins and they came out great. 

Black Bean Burgers: 

We use THIS recipe for southwestern style black bean burgers! These are packed full of flavor and great for the entire family! It’s also a great way to expose your babe to fun and yummy spices! 

 

Besides those foods Waylen also will eat tons of roasted veggies. I just cut them into finger size strips, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with pepper, and bake at 400 for 15 minutes. And eggs, I cannot forget eggs! He will eat a veggie omelette almost every morning! I will prep a bunch of veggies on Sunday so they’re diced and ready to use throughout the week. Our favorites are mushrooms and onions, green peppers and onions, spinach and tomatoes, or broccoli and cheese, but we seriously add whatever we have laying around! 

Waylen has become a pro at eating these days. He will scarf down anything I’m willing to give him. Although when we started Baby Led Weaning we focused mainly on veggies, now Waylen will eat whatever meal we are having. It makes feeding him so fun and easy! Now I must admit sometimes, (okay- a lot of times,) I’ll make Waylen healthy protein waffles and then make myself floury, sugar filled waffles ha. I should probably eat healthier too but… oh well!

What are your favorite recipes to feed your little babes? I would love to try out some new ones out on Waylen! 

Faux Shiplap Kitchen Island

When we decided to panel the island I thought we would be super organized and get it done quick since we had already done Waylen’s room. (You can check that project out HERE.) Now we actually did finish it quickly but OH MY GOSH did we make the stupidest mistakes along the way. First, we took Chappy car (TWICE) to Lowes instead of my truck to get the wood. Like how dumb can we be???? Ha 

We had decided to prep the wood the weekend before so we bought it, had lowes cut it down to size, and then I painted it with two coats of white. For this project we purchased two sheets of birch plywood and wanted them to be 6 and 3/4″ strips. Key word .. wanted .. 

Sounds good enough right? Wrong… Chappy had them cut the strips to the wrong size soo alllllllllll that prep work went out the door when we had to go buy new wood. Ha Luckily we will eventually be shiplapping the powder room and we can use the wood in there so it’s not a complete loss. 

(Note: we didn’t haveeeee to get new wood but we planned the size so we wouldn’t have to cut around our countertop supports so it would be an easier fit.) 

I was not about to lose another weekend prepping wood so once we got the new pieces we just dove right in and started putting it up instead of painting it first. 

We started at the top and worked our way down making sure to cut the corner piece edges at 45 degree angles.


We used wood glue and a few nails to hold everything in place and had to insert two outlet extenders. (Remember to cut the power first!) After all the wood was up we sanded the corners so they wouldn’t be so sharp, painted it white, and then caulked the top, bottom, and sides.



We did the entire project over the weekend while Waylen slept! If we didn’t have an adorable babe to entertain we definitely could have knocked the entire project out in one day it was really that quick! 

Before: 


After:

Baby Led Weaning: 3 Months In 

The difference between how Waylen ate at 6 months versus now is seriously insane! I was amazed at how coordinated he was then but now it’s an entirely different story. He now uses his pincher grapse, he’s SO good at chewing everything, he rarely misses his mouth, and has even started opening his hand to get food out. I used to only know he actually got any food because it would speckle his poop (seriously ha) but now he bites off huge chunks, and chews them right up! 

Here’s a list of the foods we’ve tried so far: 

  1. Broccoli 
  2. Sweet potato 
  3. Avocado 
  4. Zucchini 
  5. Carrots 
  6. Greek Yogurt 
  7. Eggs 
  8. Squash 
  9. Spinach 
  10. Hummus 
  11. Mahi Mahi 
  12. Raspberries
  13. Watermelon 
  14. Banana 
  15. Cauliflower
  16. Peanut butter
  17. Mango
  18. Pears 
  19. Cheese (feta, goat, Cheddar, motzerella, provolone)
  20. Tomatoes 
  21. Apples 
  22. Shallot
  23. Ground beef
  24. Pasta 
  25. Bell pepper
  26. Onion
  27. Turkey
  28. Strawberries
  29. Pumpkin 
  30. Coconut 
  31. Oats 
  32. Flaxseed
  33. Kale
  34. White bean 
  35. Pineapple 
  36. Almond butter 
  37. Orange 

We are now at the stage where I will offer him some of my meal when we are out to eat. He LOVED everything from the Greek Festival in San Diego. Spanakopita, pastitsio, he scarfed it all down. Clearly he’s a Greek baby! He also regularly eats veggie noodles with homemade sauce, egg muffins, meatballs, snowballs, and protein waffles. We still make his food semi separately from ours because we don’t add any salt to his. ( I’m horrible and add WAY too much salt to mine.) No salt doesn’t mean no seasoning for Waylen’s food though. We roast all his veggies in olive oil and black pepper, season his pasta sauces and hummus with garlic and herbs, and sprinkle cinnamon on his roasted sweet potato fries. 

His favorite foods these days are squash (still,) PB banana waffles, egg muffins and sweet potatoes with cinnamon! He will seriously down and entire waffle and two mini egg muffins every morning for breakfast. It’s impressive!

Waylen is still my good little piggy and has yet to come across a food he doesn’t enjoy so let’s hope that continues forever! He eats everything up as soon as I can make it! I would love to hear what you’re feeding your little babes so send me all your BLW recipes! 

Waylen: 9 months

Seriously the older Waylen gets the faster time flies. He is officially weighing in at 20 lbs. 8 oz and is 27 inches tall. 


He also has a solid head full of fluff these days which I must say makes for a pretty adorable Mohawk. 
He’s great at holding himself up while standing, takes steps while holding our hands, and can sometimes pull himself up to standing. He still doesn’t crawl fully though! He will get into crawl position on his hands and knees but only actually moves in an army crawl. That really doesn’t slow him down though. He still books it across the floor on his elbows! 

              
In this last month Waylen flew across the country on his first plane ride and went to his first panthers game! He did amazing at both! Unfortunately though Waylen has definitely got a case of separation anxiety lately! It’s not allllll the time but he is definitely a mamas boy and will sometimes fuss or cry if I’m in the room and not holding him. Mostly it just happens later in the afternoon when he’s extra tired. Because of this though we decided to officially move him into his own room at night! It was a tough decision but we finally decided just to do it in an effort to keep him sleeping through the night. Luckily I think we miss him way more than he misses us ha. 



Also Waylen said Mama and mom this month! And not just once or twice, he says it allllll day everyday! Still no teeth though! Ha but again that doesn’t stop him from eating any and everything this we offer him. 


I cannot wait to see what this next month will bring! Hopefully some teeth 😝

Fall Bucket List

My favorite season is finally here and I’ve never been more excited! Now if only the temperature would stop getting into the 90s. (Yuck) Fall as a normal human being is fun, Fall as a mama to an adorable little babe, AMAZING! There are so many fun things to do during fall and I cannot wait to bring little Waylen along to start our own family traditions! Every year I love to create a bucket list of things I want to do so here’s mine for this year: 

  • Apple Picking at Apple Hill Orchard – CHECK!                                                           
  • Football, football and more football                                                   
  • Pumpkin Patch at Hodges Family Farm 
  • The Amazing Maize Maze
  • Hiking in the mountains
  • Costume Party 
  • Pumpkin Carving 
  • Make Pumpkin Cheesecake muffins (at least twice 😝) You can check out my recipe ➡️ HERE!

Of course it goes without saying that I will also be stocking up on all the Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin Coffee and Coffeemate Pumpkin Creamer I can get a hold of. Plus pumpkin beers, pies, muffins, cookies… can you tell your girl likes pumpkin?!? I would love to add more things to my list though so tell me all your favorite fall activities! 


(And yes I did photoshop Pickles into the photo. She had to go to the vet and couldn’t make it apple picking – I fully acknowledge I’m weird)