Stocking Stuffers for Him (and Baby)

Ahhhh Christmas time! I am seriously obsessed with Christmas and may even be guilty of putting my decorations up before Thanksgiving this year… ughhh I know I’m thattt person but I was a little overly excited because it is Waylen’s first Christmas and one day he took a really long nap. It’s not my fault!

Anyways, one of my favorite parts of the holiday season is finding the perfect little somethings for everyone! That’s why I put together a list of my favorite Stocking Stuffers for Him (plus baby!)

Him:

  • Socks: Does anyone else’s husband go through socks like they’re toilet paper? I swear his feet have razor blades on the bottom or something
  • Bitters: My bartender husband can never have enough peychaud or angostura bitters so these are always a go-to!
  • Fidgeter: Okay so I may have selfish reasons for this gift ha. Chappy is SUCH a fidgittrr. Always shaking or bouncing or moving some way to annoy me ha. Hopefully this cuts down on that!
  • Hornets tickets: When we lived right in Uptown we used to go to the games all the time but haven’t since we moved so I know Chappy is going to appreciate these!
  • Pistachios: Every stocking needs some type of snack or treat and Chappy will scarf down all of these in minutes!
  • Yeti Tumbler: I swear guys love anything Yeti so you really can’t go wrong

Alright now time for bubs List. The best thing about shopping for a baby is first, the don’t really neeeeedd anything, and second you can get them stuff that will be useful for you as well!

Baby:

  • Bib: I LOVE shirt style bibs for Waylen. This way he can wear any cute/expensive/favorite outfit while eating spaghetti and I don’t have worry!
  • Toothbrush: Waylen STILL doesn’t have teeth but they’re bound to come one of these days, right?
  • Llama llama: Waylen loves all the llama llama books so when I stumbled across this stuffed animal on amazon I had to get it!
  • Teether: Since 11 months in we still haven’t gone through the horrible teething phase i figured I’d get prepared
  • Universal Lid: When I saw this cup at Target I just had to grab it! The universal lid fits on any cup, who knows if it’ll actually work but it seemed like a great cup to try!
  • Toy Car: Waylen has just really started to love playing with his other toy car so I thought this one would be a fun addition!

And that’s it guys! Now get shopping because you only have a short two weeks until Christmas morning!

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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)

•Aunt Flo•

Alright so here’s my warning, this is a TMI-ish post. If you’re a guy and reading this post, you’ll probably want to skip it, so scroll on my friends ha. I’m about to talk a taboo girly thing that boys tend to shy away from. Like tampons.

Okay. So you’re all gone, right? Last warning! 

Alright then. 

There are so many things I didn’t realize until after I had a baby. Like, I never knew breastfeeding could postpone your cycle. And when I say postpone, I mean I literally can’t remember the last time I had a period ha. I mean I guess I know when, about one month before I got pregnant with Waylen so a longgggg time ago. Now “they” say pretty much anything goes when it comes to getting your cycle back. “They” also say that exclusively breastfeeding is like 98% accurate at preventing pregnancy for the first 6 months or something like that so I didn’t really expect it to come back right away. (And who really is this “they” anyways??? Ha)

Now I normally wouldn’t complain about not having a period ha buttttttt because Chappy and I are thinking about trying for a second soonish, it is something that is on my mind. 

So here we go, this is what I’ve done so far to jump start ovulation… at 6 months Waylen started sleeping through the night. One of the first things recommended to do is night wean so I was hoping that would work but nope. Next I read to go 3-4 hours between feedings during the day. Now Waylen is my little piggy so until recently he was eating every 1.5-2 hours, luckily its every 3-4 hours now, but still nothing! 
Now let’s think this through, breastfeeding takes a lot of extra calories, and when you workout too much or don’t eat enough you can lose your period. Why? Because you’re not getting enough calories. (Not the entireee reason but still) Sooo kind of along those lines I’ve decided to up my calories. Got to sustain myself, then my milk, and then hopefully my ovulation! But what else?!? I feel like nothing is working! And I’m not about to completely wean yet so don’t suggest that as an option! Feeding my little babe takes #1 priority but if anyone has any suggestions that worked for them my ears are open! 

We want baby number 2 sooner than later but it’s a little hard when you’re not ovulating! Ughhh so please send me all your advice! 

Thank you!  💛

Donuts Donuts Donuts

Somewhere between Waylen’s birth and now I’ve become known as the “Donut Girl.” Instead of shying away from such a sugary nickname I’ve decided to embrace it. Glazed, sprinkled, filled, holed, donuts for breakfast, dessert, I’m pretty much an expert on donuts so I’ve decided to put together a list of my favorite fun non-edible donut items to sweeten up your life.

  1. T shirt                                     
  2. Drink Floats                          
  3. Pool Float                               
  4. Beach Towel                        
  5. Coffee Mug                            
  6. Makeup Bag                      
  7. Sticky Notes                           

Since Waylen is still a little babe I get to force my donut obsession on him as well so here are of few of my favorite baby related donuts items: 

  1. Teether                                   
  2. Pants                              
  3. Bib                                
  4. Wood Stacker                        
  5. Rattle                                    

Now all I need to do is create a list of my favorite EDIBLE donuts for you guys. Mhmm maybe a Charlotte donut taste test is in my future! 

Just Stop

Guys there’s something going on that needs to stop immediately. Well two things actually. First, we need stop shaming couples who want kids close together. This is constantly happening to Chappy and I and it is so annoying. And when I say close together I’m talking around two years apart so that’s not even thatttt close! Why is it the norm for people to sarcastically ask if we’re “ready for another” and just assume no one would even dream about wanting another kid so soon and then make us feel bad for wanting another. People seriously look at us like we’re insane and actually call us crazy (and say worse) when we admit we’re already dreaming about our next squishy baby. Sorry my kid is soooo awesome that he makes us want more! Ha it’s not our fault!

Second we need to stop this notion that the second child doesn’t get as much care or attention. Yes, I understand that they won’t get all of your attention because HELLO they’re not the only child but I am sick and tired of people telling me “oh you do that now but you won’t do that with your second child.” Want to know the biggest example I have of this? Breastfeeding! People are constantly telling me that I won’t want to put the effort into breastfeeding when the second child comes around. Like who says that? Also for me breastfeeding has been easy which doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll be easy the second time but I’d much rather just whip out my boob than have to pump or mix up a bottle (and clean everything that involves.) Other examples, “oh with your second child you’ll just let them cry and cry. You’ll be used to the crying by then,” “Home made food, ha! Yeah, that won’t happen with the second child,” “Constantly checking on them when they sleep? Yeah with your second you’ll put them down and never look back.” Ummmmm I AM A SECOND CHILD soo maybe that’s why these comments annoy me so much? I don’t know Ha but nonetheless these comments need to stop. Who would want to be raised under the notion that your parents tried harder with your sibling? Every child is different and has different needs. Breastfeeding may not work for every child, one baby might sleep like a champ while the next might only sleep being held. All those things are perfectly normal and okay but saying I won’t want to put the effort into my next child is not okay with me so stop telling me that’s how I’m going to be! 

Mommy shaming in general is way too abundant and needs to be stopped so ummmm just stop all this nonsense already! K thanks.

End rant. Ha 

Now here are some cute squishy baby pictures of Waylen when he was a newbie to cheer you back up!

Waylen: 6 Months

How is it even possible that I am a mother of a 6 month old baby?!? I remember thinking it was going to be FOREVER until we got to feed him real food but I blinked and here we are! We are going with baby let weaning so it may get messy. Wish us luck!


This past month Waylen has really made some big leaps. He essentially can sit up on his own (as long as he doesn’t get too excited) and practices chewing on pretty much everything. He LOVES reaching for his toes, his crinkly bear block, holding books during story time, his teeth flash card (literally cracks up at this for some reason,) and is obsessed with any cup but especially Chappy’s water bottle. He will do anything to get a hold of it and honestly knows exactly how to use it.  




Also his giggles have got out of control and I will never get tired of hearing them! They have graduated from Sheldon’s laugh to actual giggles and for the most part he laughs when you mess something up. Dropping a toy, getting hit in the head… etc… all those things are almost guaranteed to get some giggles! 


A few weeks ago we took our first big family trip and Waylen did amazing! We drove 8+ hours down to Florida at night and Waylen slept the entire way except for a quick feeding. Even with a change in schedule he was still our happy baby and was great at taking his naps whenever we were. Next up we will be testing his abilities on a flight to California … Now that I am still worried about. 




Sleep still hasn’t been great but we are getting through it. He now is mostly sleeping in a sleep sac which is easy for us but also allows him to startle awake more. I’ve also been better about nursing him in a quiet room during the day to help with the distractions which has cut down on some of the night feedings but we are still not back to those glorious 7+ hour stretches. Eventually we’ll get there though! We also did have a little hiccup when Waylen came down with his first fever! Nothing a little skin to skin and extra cuddles couldn’t solve though and of course Waylen never stopped being his happy little self throughout the whole thing. I think I was more uncomfortable than he actually was and now that I have mastitis I KNOW I am. Mastitis is NO JOKE! 


The most important change that happened this month though is Waylen saying mom!! Okay so it typically sounds more like “Ma” or “Mum” and he mostly says it when he’ll fussing BUT I’ll take it! 

Well I guess that’s it! We start steamed broccoli shortly so I’ll keep you posted on how it goes! I don’t have many other baby friends so if anyone has any advice for BLW I’d love to here from you! 

Waylen: 5 Months

Well either the g-parents royally messed with Waylen’s sleep patterns or the 4 month regression is no joke! Exactly one day after Waylen turned 4 months he went from sleeping 7+ hours to waking EVERY HOUR. He didn’t even do that as a newborn so it was a realllll change for us. Luckily he still wasn’t really fussy when he’d wake up, just needy. He’d basically wake up and whine, we’d pick him up, and he’d be back to sleep in less than 5. So, easy but still annoying to deal with every hour. Now that we’ve made it to 5 months the sleep situation has improved but it still isn’t back to what it once was and we still have some really off nights. Womp womp. He’s started having more night feeds again which I believe is because he is such a distracted eater during the day! He’s sooo interested in every thing these days it’s hard to get him to focus on food for long but hopefully we can get that back to normal too.

Some of Waylen’s favorite things these days are his bouncer, sitting in his high chair, inch worming across the couch, the Alphabet song, watching the puppies play, and an ugly little elephant car seat toy. He loves to chew everything, especially burp clothes, and is still sliming up the world with his spit. Ha He’s ticklish, laughs like Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory, and smiles 90% of the day. He is still my happy, easy baby! 






We’ve brought him to breweries, the beach, restaurants, baseball games, bottle shops, and even a house party and he’s been great pretty much every time! I am definitely one of those parents who just brings their baby everywhere and I don’t care what you think about it! Ha. So far we’ve only left Waylen with the g-parents when we had to attend a wedding and to be honest I doubt we’ll be doing it again any time soon. 

This next month we have SO many exciting things happening; family trips, beach vacations, my last day of work and I just can’t wait to see what new things Waylen will learn. 
I still can’t believe I have a 5 month old!! Where did the time go?!?